The Cornerstone College of the University of Maryland

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Our Mission

We embody the University's land-grant mission with a commitment to eliminate hunger and malnutrition, preserve our natural resources, improve quality of life, and empower the next generation through world-class education.

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Explore Career Fields

The career possibilities with a degree from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are virtually limitless. Ranging from a nutritionist to a veterinarian to an environmental biologist, we will give you the tools to succeed in a diverse array of pursuits. 

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    Human and Animal Health

    Ashley Freeman, Assistant Facility Manager at NIH

    Class of 2011

    What I Do

    "As an Assistant Facility Manager, I manage 20 employees in a laboratory animal research facility within the National Institutes of Health. Our priority is to make sure our animals are treated humanely and with respect while they help us understand, treat and prevent infectious diseases. We care for our animals by ensuring that all their physical and psychological needs are met, and we service our research investigators by providing a variety of samples for data analysis for various flu, malaria and TB studies. I am passionate about improving the lives of people and animals and this passion is what continues to guide me in all I do."

    What I Studied

    Animal and Avian Sciences

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    Food & Product Safety

    Ariel Bourne - Consumer Safety Inspector at USDA Food Science Alumni Class of 2016

    Class of 2016

    What I Do

    "As a Consumer Safety Inspector for the USDA I am responsible for inspecting the food produced by meat and poultry companies. We ensure the American food supply has safe and wholesome meat and food is only produced under sanitary conditions. We also make sure meat is properly labeled to prevent consumer deception and fraud."

    What I Studied

    Nutrition and Food Science

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    Environmental Science

    Anita Alexander, Associate Environmental Scientist at RK&K

    Class of 2013

    What I Do

    "As an Associate Environmental Scientist at RK&K in the Baltimore, MD Natural Resources department, I am primarily responsible for conducting natural resource inventories including wetland and forest delineations, preparing environmental permits and documentation, and coordinating with clients and regulatory agencies. I am currently working towards my M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University."

    What I Studied

    Environmental Science & Technology

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    Environmental and Natural Resources

    Amy Kline, Senior Environmental Specialist, Maryland Environmental Service

    Class of 2012

    What I Do

    "As an Environmental Specialist for the Maryland Environmental Service in their Water Quality Services branch, I help to ensure that water and wastewater treatment plants are complying with their environmental permits such as National Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits through database setup and management, water sampling, review of laboratory data and the completion of various monitoring reports for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the US EPA."

    What I Studied

    Environmental Science and Technology

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    Business Assistance and Financial Services

    Allison Roe, Financial Programs Specialist at MARBIDCO 

    Class of 2016

    "As a financial programs specialist at MARBIDCO, I help Maryland's agricultural, forestry and seafood businesses through targeted business assistance and financial services. More specifically, I provide program outreach and assist in administering loan and grant programs, with a special focus on the "Next Gen" program that is designed to help facilitate the transfer of farmland to a new generation of farmers, while also helping to preserve the subject agricultural land from future development."

    What I Studied

    Agricultural & Resource Economics 

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    Horticulture/Plant Pathology

    Anna Wallis, PhD student in Plant Pathology and former tree fruit specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension

    Class of 2014, M.S. 

    "As the Tree Fruit Specialist for Northeastern NY with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), I was responsible for supporting the apple industry with relevant programs and research in the areas of horticulture, pest management, regulations, and other areas as needed. CCE links the research and extension efforts at Cornell University with the community, providing the knowledge to maximize New York State’s agricultural and natural resources. I have recently returned to school to pursue a PhD in plant pathology, in order to gain depth of knowledge and training so that I may better support the tree fruit industry."

    What I Studied

    Plant Science 

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    Agronomy/Farm Management

    Rachel Maikisch, Sow Production Manager at Hershey Ag

    Class of 2018

    What I Do

    "As Sow Production Farm Manager with Hershey Ag, I manage all aspects of a production facility that is a farrow to wean swine operation. We house 1500 sows, and produce around 1200 piglets every two weeks. On a daily basis I develop and implement bio-security, safety, and operating procedures, maintain all animal welfare, assess and treat injured or sick animals, and oversee all farrowing, breeding, and gestation daily operations. Pigs are an amazing, intelligent, animated animal, and they keep me very busy, but always having fun! I am looking to return to graduate school in the near future, and if I end up moving towards research, I would want to work with swine reproduction/nutrition."

    What I Studied

    Agricultural Science and Technology

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Discover Ongoing Research

Proud to be one of the main research and development arms of the University of Maryland, the college's leading fundamental and applied research is helping to solve some of the most pressing global challenges. Whether its reducing the prevalence of Lyme Disease, or mitigating saltwater intrusion affecting coastal Maryland farms, we encourage to you to explore the college's research portfolio. 

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12Research Centers
20Academic Programs

Make an Impact

As students, your research will help provide solutions for the benefit of Maryland citizens and beyond. Whether it be at home, in your community or in the fields, University of Maryland Extension faculty and staff offer problem-solving assistance based on the research and output generated within the college. Join the college and start making an impact!