The AgDiscovery program was initiated as a APHIS Veterinary Services pilot program in 2002. Funding for AgDiscovery is facilitated through cooperative agreements with the hosting universities.
AgDiscovery is an outreach program to help students explore careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, plant pathology, and much more. This 2-4 week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians, industry representatives, and professionals working for the U.S. government. Students who participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips, and other group and team building activities. Get a copy of the AgDiscovery application here and view the AgDiscovery Brochure to learn more.
|HOW TO APPLY FOR AGDISCOVERY|
Please read the instructions very carefully. Some changes have been made for applying to the 2015 AgDiscovery program. Note: A current version of Adobe Pro is required when using the fillable application form.
Applicants may only apply to one AgDiscovery program each year, and are not permitted to repeat participation within the same discipline. For example, if a student participated in a program within the animal discipline in a previous year, he or she will only be eligible to participate in a program in one of the two other remaining disciplines (agribusiness or combination). The programs are categorized in the three areas of discipline below:
|Delaware State University||Kentucky State University||University of Maryland at College Park|
|Florida A&M University||University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff|
|University of Arizona|
|Alcorn State University||Tuskegee University|
|Virginia State University||University of Hawaii at Mānoa|
|Fort Valley State University||Iowa State University|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|North Carolina State University|
|South Carolina State University|
|University of Maryland Eastern Shore|
Applications must be mailed directly to APHIS. Emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted for consideration under any circumstances.
A complete application package includes:
Only ONE large envelope containing the application form, essay, and sealed letters of recommendation will be accepted per applicant.
Do NOT include any of the following in your application package:
photographs, birth certificate, report card, transcript, news clippings, awards,
or other extra documents.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MARCH 6, 2015. SELECTEES WILL BE NOTIFIED BY APRIL 30, 2015.
PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO APPLY!
Specific age requirements for admission apply to some of the participating universities. Please check that you meet the age requirement for your selected school before submitting your application. Applicants must meet the minimum age requirement, and be no older than the maximum age requirement by May 31, 2015.
Alcorn State University (ages 12–16) Tuskegee University (ages 14–17)
Delaware State University (ages 14–17) University of Arizona (ages 14–17)
Florida A&M University (ages 14–17) University of Arkansas (ages 14–17)
at Pine Bluff
Fort Valley State University (ages 14–17) University of Hawaii (ages 14–17)
Iowa State University (ages 15–17) University of Illinois (ages 16–17)
Kentucky State University (ages 14–17) University of Maryland (ages 14–17)
at College Park
Lincoln University (ages 14–17)
University of Maryland (ages 14–17)
North Carolina State University (ages 15–17) Eastern Shore
South Carolina State University (ages 14–17) Virginia State University (ages 14–17)
Mail your complete application package to:
Sophia L. Kirby
USDA-APHIS Office of the Administrator
Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion
4700 River Road, Unit 92
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
*Photos courtesy of Alcorn State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Iowa State University, Kentucky State University, Lincoln University, North Carolina State University, South Carolina State University, Tuskegee University, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Virginia State University.