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Be a part of the CAFLS Advantage

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The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences places a high priority on providing our students with opportunities to learn beyond the classroom.The CAFLS Advantage is a commitment by CAFLS to provide students with a broad array of experiential learning opportunities that prepare students to tackle the grand challenges facing our world. This includes opportunities to travel, both domestically and abroad, and participation in undergraduate research, entrepreneurship discovery, leadership development, and internships. Knowledge gained and skills learned during these experiences give students The CAFLS Advantage.

Addie Stone AGRIBUSINESS CLASS OF 2020 Hometown: Dallas, Texas

“Participating in Cultivate [a component of CAFLS Advantage] has been such a great experience, it really solidified the entrepreneurial and business building process for me. Going through the stages of designing a product to market research and looking at financials, it’s really helped me understand better the whole process of it all.”

Addie Stone
Agribusiness class of 2020
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • Entrepreneurship

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    Cultivate.CAFLS was established in 2017 to give CAFLS students the opportunity to explore the development of their own entrepreneurial ideas. Students can enter as individuals or teams and are mentored by a CAFLS faculty mentor. They receive $500 to explore their ideas for several months. During this time, successful entrepreneurs provide seminars and share their experiences and advice. CAFLS also works closely with the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership where students connect with additional resources and expertise.

    The program culminates at the end of the academic year with the Cultivate.CAFLS Showdown where each team competes for compete for monetary awards. These funds allow for the continued development of their projects. In addition, members of the winning teams can apply for two internships that are awarded to provide hourly wages for the students to continue to develop their projects.

    In its first four years, 27 teams have participated and explored a wide variety of ideas from a self-watering planter to developing a line of agriculturally-themed toys to establishing an app-based business that matches landowners with hunters. The goal is to grow the program and support at least 15 teams per year.


    Learn more: Cultivate.CAFLS
  • Internships

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    CAFLS students actively participate in a wide variety of internships that are mostly related to their discipline. Participation in one or more internships is viewed very favorably by employers and is a key to gaining employment upon graduation. Most of the costs associated with internships are born by the internship provider.

    Speak with Paula Beecher to learn about major-specific internship requirements and opportunities.

    Paula Beecher
    pbeeche@clemson.edu
    Director of Alumni and Career Services
    Schedule Appointments with CU Navigate

    CAFLS Career Services has resources and connections to help you with resume critique, mock interviews and industry connections for internships. 

  • Leadership

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    CAFLS students can explore leadership opportunities at the college and university levels.  At the college level, this includes participation in the CAFLS Ambassador program, serving in student government, or serving as a club officer.

    CAFLS Ambassadors

    As the official representatives of the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences, the CAFLS Ambassadors promote the college and Clemson University to prospective students, alumni, donors, and employers.

    CAFLS Ambassadors

    The Dean's Student Advisory Board

    The Dean's Student Advisory Board serves as the voice of the undergraduate students. Currently, the board is comprised of two students from each of our 12 majors selected by their department.

    Dean's Student Advisory Board 2021-2022

    • Ally Brawner, PES-Plant & Environmental Science
    • Anna Sharp, Agribusiness
    • Brian Gosnell, PES-Turfgrass
    • Brian Rogers, PES-Turfgrass
    • Caroline Boyle, Food Science
    • Carson Colenbaugh, PES--Horticulture
    • Charles Richards, Wildlife
    • Christian Blackburn, Wildlife
    • Clare Sumners, Packaging
    • Davis Linscott, PES-Plant & Environmental Science
    • Deborah "Brie" Murray, Animal and Veterinary Science
    • Emily Martin, Human Nutrition
    • Erica Wearing, Agricultural Education
    • Harrison Bedenbaugh, Forestry
    • Hayes Ulmer, Agricultural Mechanization
    • Jacob Stawney, Agribusiness
    • Jenna Hough , Environment and Natural Resources
    • Jessica Comer, Agricultural Education
    • Katerina Whitman, Environment and Natural Resources
    • Lindsey Burroughs, Animal and Veterinary Science
    • Mary Grace Nimmer, Human Nutrition
    • Michaela Gibson, Packaging
    • Natalie Williford, Food Science
    • Rachel Cribb, Forestry
    • Sam Shrier, PES--Horticulture
    • Shelley Lovern, Agricultural Mechanization

    Undergraduate Student Government

    Clemson Undergraduate Student Government has at least 3 senators from each college who serve one-year terms. On the executive side, there is an Agriculture Affairs Director within the President's cabinet who has a committee that serves to promote CAFLS across campus.

    Student Government Ag Committee Representative: Mary Featherstone, Horticulture

    Agriculture Affairs Committee application Clemson Student Senate information

    Questions regarding the application process may be directed to cusgsenate@clemson.edu .

    Student Organizations

    Make the most of your Clemson experience, get involved! Campus-wide, Clemson has 500+ student organizations, 23 of which are in the College!

    Browse CAFLS Organizations All University Organizations
  • Research

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    The CAFLS undergraduate research initiative gives students the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and compete in an oral or poster competition. The students' research will cover an array of topics relevant to agriculture and natural resources based on their specific majors and career interests. The initiative develops students’ critical thinking and research methodology skills and provides opportunities to explore careers in research.

    2020 Winners, by rank:

    1. Garner Powell of Seneca: Plant and Environmental Sciences
    2. Brendan MacInnis of Clover: Agricultural Mechanization and Business
    3. John Nisbet of Irmo: Plant and Environmental Sciences

    Creative Inquiry (CI) has come to define Undergraduate Research at Clemson University. It's small-group learning for 20,000. It's the imaginative combination of engaged learning and undergraduate research, and it is undergraduate research unique to Clemson University.

    Students take on problems that spring from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. Team-based investigations are led by a faculty mentor and typically span two to four semesters. Students take ownership of their projects and take the risks necessary to solve problems and get answers.

    Clemson's CI website
  • Travel

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    CAFLS places a high priority on offering students opportunities to travel and learn. However, most trips have been delayed due to COVID.  Students will be notified when travel opportunities are reinstated.

    Student travel is an important component of many impactful student learning experiences and it is important to continue to develop opportunities for educational travel. The types of travel that CAFLS wishes to continue to develop include:

    Study abroad

    Study Abroad provides operational support to student engagement programs internationally that contribute to Clemson University’s missions, goals, and emphasis areas. CAFLS supports this mission by way of promotion, advising, and faculty engagement through the Bookhart Student Services Center.

    Clemson University has updated its travel suspension for Spring 2021 programs, please the Travel Warnings page for updates. Please make sure that you are regularly checking Clemson's Pam Hendrix Center for Education Abroad website and Clemson University’s COVID-19 website for important university-wide updates.

    Domestic travel

    During the June mini-mester, Clemson students will study away while exploring Montana.  This course is exclusively available to Clemson students and led by expert Clemson faculty, offering an interdisciplinary, field-based education on the Great Plains as a working landscape for people, livestock and wildlife.

    The CAFLS Spring Break Tour 

    This event gives students the opportunity to travel through the state of South Carolina during spring break and visit a wide variety of food, agriculture, and natural resource businesses and organizations. The purpose of this program is to expose students to the broad array of opportunities and careers offered by these industries.

Inquiries

Jean Bertrand
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies​
101 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC. 29634-03030
706-424-7213
jbrtrnd@clemson.edu

CAFLS Advantage
CAFLS Advantage | Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies | 101 Barre Hall Clemson, SC 29634-03030