Rachel McDowell

MS Student


Biography and Education


Rochester, MI

Fun Fact

I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland!

MS Research

In my undergrad at Purdue, I was an NSF REU intern involved in research investigating high carotenoid maize, where my project looked at high carotenoid popcorn and its commercial characteristics. I am excited to continue carotenoid research in sorghum in the Rhodes lab.

Career Goal

To continue education and research in biofortification of staple crops with the intention of improving food security and access to nutrition.


  • B.S. Agronomy - Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology (minor in Statistics)

Purdue University, Spring 2022