Youth Development & Agricultural Education

Student Success

Graduate students in YDAE have been successful during their graduate programs and in securing employment upon graduation.

  • 2012 National AAAE Outstanding Thesis Award Winner - Lindsay Nobbe-Lafollett
  • 2012 National ACE Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner - Inez Ponce de Leon
  • 2012 YDAE Outstanding Thesis Award Winner - Matt Kararo
  • 2012 YDAE Outstanding Dissertation Award - Abigail Borron
  • 2012 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award - Abigail Borron
  • AAAE Research Poster Winner - Megan Anderson
  • AAAE Outstanding Thesis Award Nominee - Melissa Voigt
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society - Lisa Keefe and Lindsay Myers
  • 2013 CETA Teaching Award - Missy Welsh
  • NACTA Graduate Teaching Award nominees - Melissa Voigt and Missy Welsh
  • YDAE Outstanding Service to Students Award - Abigail Borron
  • Associate Member Purdue Teaching Academy - Abigail Borron
  • Golden Key International Honor Society - Missy Welsh
  • American Society of Animal Sciences Video Competition, 2nd place winner - Josey Holscher
  • Best Presentation Award at 2012 ISAASH Conference - Krystin Bodden
  • AAAE Outstanding Poster Award - Missy Welsh
  • 2013 YDAE Outstanding Dissertation Award – Lisa Keefe
  • 2013 YDAE Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award – Rebekah Nortrup
  • 2014 YDAE Outstanding Dissertation Award – Missy Welsh
  • 2014 YDAE Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award – Krystin Bodden
  • 2015 YDAE Outstanding Dissertation Award – Qi “Claire” Ding
  • 2015 Purdue Black Graduate Student Association Humanitarian Award – Brandon Allen
  • 2015 MANRRS Most Active Award – Brandon Allen
  • 2015 Purdue Black Graduate Student Association Dr. Dolores Cooper Shockly Presidential Award – Brittini Brown
  • 2015 Purdue Black Graduate Student Association Best Kept Secret Award – Torrie Cropps
  • 2015 Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award – Elise Lofgren
  • 2015 YDAE Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award – Lynette Griffin
  • 2016 YDAE Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award – Kaylie Scherer
  • 2016 YDAE Outstanding Dissertation Award – Brittini Brown
  • Golden Key International Honor Society – Lauren Brizgys
  • 2016 Indiana Master Naturalist
  • 2016 Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award- Kami Knies

The Graduate Program in Youth Development and Agricultural Education has prepared professionals for a variety of careers such as:

  • Extension and Community Youth Educator
  • Informal Educator for Public Gardens, Zoos, Museums & Arboretums
  • Communication Director, Science-based Communication Specialist & Journalist
  • Curriculum Specialist & Educational Administrator
  • Public Policy Staff, Lobbyist & Government Specialist (e.g., Department of Agriculture)
  • Education Specialist for Business, Industry & Government (e.g., Department of Education, Workforce Development)
  • Entrepreneurs in Agricultural Business
  • Non-Government Organization Director
  • Project Manager or Education Evaluator & Social Science Researcher
  • Higher Education: Community College & Universities, including Faculty, Outreach Specialist, Student Development, Administration, Administrative Assistants