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

Sally Reed

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

Hello! My name is Sally Reed and I am a junior in CPSC: Plant Protection with a minor in Horticulture. My hometown is Jerseyville, IL. I enjoy spending time outside with family and friends, especially hiking.

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

I picked the Dept. of CPSC as my program of study because the faculty genuinely wants to see students understand the information and succeed. The research opportunities are also very cool and open up the door to a multitude of possibilities for the future. I originally was going to study economics, but my love for science, spending summers working in the field, along with talking to CPSC faculty is why I switched.

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

My favorite part of being a student is CPSC is the relationship between the faculty and students. Everyone is so open to helping each other that it feels like a big family.

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

I currently am part of an entomology research lab, a couple RSO’s, like Field and Furrow, and 4H House Cooperative Sorority.

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

Right now I plan to apply for graduate school and eventually do some sort of plant protection research; however, I am unsure exactly what area I will or want to end up in!

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?

The program here is just awesome. There are so many opportunities that it seems unreal. Professors are awesome to work with and always make extra time for you if you have questions. The atmosphere of the program is something you can’t get anywhere else!

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