INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 2, 2021) – AgriNovus Indiana, a non-profit initiative focused on growing Indiana’s agbioscience economy, announced today its Spring 2021 class of Field Atlas ambassadors to spark conversation about agbiosciences on university and college campuses across Indiana.

Field Atlas ambassadors are college students selected to serve as on-campus connectors between students, professors and academic advisors and the Field Atlas career exploration platform ( The ambassadors will provide information about career paths, companies and fields of study in the agbioscience industry.

AgriNovus selected the following students to serve as Field Atlas ambassadors for the Spring 2021 semester:

  • Alston Dsouza, Sophomore, IUPUI
  • Maranda Elswick, Sophomore, Purdue University
  • MacKinley Fix, Senior, Grace College
  • Emily Miller, Junior, University of Southern Indiana
  • Lara Santiago, Freshman, Purdue University
  • Morgan Sparks, Senior, University of Southern Indiana
  • Samantha Worden, Senior, Butler University
  • Katherine Urasky, Junior, University of Notre Dame

“The future of food, agriculture and the broader agbiosciences requires the best and brightest across all fields of study – from engineering to data science to biology” said Mitch Frazier, president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. “Field Atlas is a powerful online platform that empowers students to explore the agbiosciences, and our ambassadors make it possible to introduce the next generation of talent on a peer level, to the incredible opportunities in our critical industry.”

Launched in 2020 and available online at, the Field Atlas platform enables students to explore agbioscience careers through online talent assessments, videos and profiles and identifies jobs and companies that align with their personal and professional interests.

Recent AgriNovus Indiana Study

This announcement follows the recent release of an AgriNovus-commissioned study, Resilience through Disruption, that found aggregate losses from the global pandemic cost Indiana food producers an estimated $500 million and highlighted a food chain going through disruption and evolution at the same time. The study is available online at

About AgriNovus Indiana 

AgriNovus Indiana is a non-profit organization focused on advancing the agbiosciences sector by connecting and convening stakeholders to deliver innovative ways to inspire and attract agbiosciences talent, companies and innovation to the state. AgriNovus Indiana is an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), an effort dedicated to the region’s continued prosperity and growth. Learn more at