Taylor Person grew up as a military child moving every 2-3 years, both stateside and abroad, to countries from Japan to Italy to states across the US. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Science from Texas Tech University and gained work, research and international experience. Taylor studied abroad in Seville, Spain for a full semester, developing her Spanish language ability and interning at a crop consulting firm. She also worked at Bayer CropScience, working on trait development in cotton and soybean. She also gained the opportunity to conduct soil research in Italy, Hungary and Romania, earning her two publications under the mentorship of Dr. David Weindorf. In her final year at Texas Tech, Taylor was a University Innovation Fellow, a nationally recognized program used to facilitate an atmosphere of innovation and entrepreneurship. Her cohort was trained at Google and Stanford University and subsequently worked to establish resources and spaces for ideation, product development and commercialization for students, faculty and staff at Texas Tech. Following her graduation, Taylor interned at the Spanish National Research Council in Zaragoza, Spain for three months studying alkaline soils and irrigation methods. Upon her return to the US, Taylor began her graduate studies in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Colorado State University as a USDA National Needs Fellow under the guidance of Dr. Courtney Jahn. She is studying drought tolerance in grain sorghum, particularly root traits. She will intern for three months at the International Center for Research in the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, using innovative technology for field research.