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Meet the People of International Agriculture

Meet the MIAP Graduate Students

Marissa Blankenburg

My name is Marissa Blankenburg and I am originally from Redmond, Washington but I’ve currently been living in Raleigh, North Carolina. I spent 6 years in the United States Air Force and 3 of those years I spent in Germany. While serving in the military I was a full time student and I graduated from Colorado State University and got my Bachelors of Science in Horticulture. After graduating I was accepted into the MIAP program at Oklahoma State University. My interest in the program will focus around Sustainability and Rural Development. I have always had a love for traveling, helping people, and I hope to see myself living overseas again in the future while working in the agriculture field.
Marissa Blankenburg

Erin Dilger-Lawrence 

My name is Erin Dilger and I am orginally from Granville, OH, where I grew up on a cattle operation. I recently graduated from Oklahoma State Unviversity where I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness. I am currently a first year MIAP student and have a focus in business, marketing and trade as I want to pursue a career in corporate agriculture after graduation. I joined the MIAP program for the flexible degree program that allows me to study a variety of graduate degree topics. 
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Stephanie Gripp

My name is Stephanie Gripp. I am from Sheffield, IL where my family owns and operates an agribusines specializing in custom farming and pesticide, fertilizer, and seed retail. I grew up showing reining horses and am a member of OSU's equestrian and ranch horse teams. I began my masters degree this summer after graduating with a bachelors in Animal Science from Oklahoma State in May 2023.  I have a deep passion for all aspects of agriculture and rural development. When I learned of the Master of International Agriculture Program at OSU, I knew the program would allow be to further my knowledge and prepare me for a future career in agricultural policy.  I am currently a graduate assistant in the MIAP office. We love having visitors in the office, so feel free to stop by!
student photo-Stephanie Gripp
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