Andrew is a student in the Department of Crop Sciences, and a member of the Crop Sciences Student Ambassador Program. Read more about Andrew in the Q&A below.

Andrew Malcomson

Crop Sciences: Can you share your name and a little bit about yourself?

Hello, my name is Andrew Malcomson. I’m from Rushville, Illinois, and come from a farming background. I am a junior at UIUC studying Crop Science with a concentration in Plant Protection.

Crop Sciences: Why did you pick the Department of Crop Sciences as your program of study?

I knew I wanted to work as an agronomist as a career, so naturally, that lead me to Crop Sciences. I chose UIUC over similar programs at other schools because of the large networking opportunities and the experience of participating in world-class research on campus.

Crop Sciences: What is your favorite part of being a student in Crop Sciences?

The small, tight-knit community within the Department of Crop Sciences is my favorite part. It is very easy to make friends with classmates and make great study groups. All of the faculty are very personable and helpful to students. The study spaces in Turner Hall are really great too, and in non-COVID times there are always events with great food.

Crop Sciences: What do you do outside of the classroom for fun or professional development?

I am a member of the Field and Furrow RSO, and I recently joined Dr. Margenot’s soils lab to perform undergraduate research. Outside of that, I enjoy taking walks around campus and hanging out with friends.

Crop Sciences: What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Currently, I am planning to go to Grad School then working as an agronomist. I also plan on continuing to help grow our family farm.

Crop Sciences: What is one thing that you want people to know about Crop Sciences, the College of ACES, or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?

My time at the University of Illinois has been an experience of a lifetime. I have made some of my best friends here, build professional relationships that will benefit me greatly in my future career, and participated in undergraduate research. I have also been able to go on a Study Abroad to Panama and South Africa which were both amazing experiences. Furthermore, there are so many things to do in the Champaign-Urbana area that it is truly an amazing college experience.

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