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 learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology. This 2-4 week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians 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. View the AgDiscovery Brochure to learn more.
How to Apply for AgDiscovery
For the program at Alcorn State University, students between the ages of 12-16 are eligible to apply for AgDiscovery. For all other participating universities, the eligible ages for AgDiscovery program are 14-17 years old. (Note: You must be at least the minimum eligible age and no older than the maximum eligible age for your selected program as of May 31, 2014.)
Applicants can only apply to one AgDiscovery program each year. Following the 2013 AgDiscovery program, applicants will no longer be eligible to repeat participation within a discipline. For example, if a student participates in any program within the animal discipline, he or she will only be eligible to participate in programs within the remaining disciplines in 2014 and beyond. The programs are categorized in the four disciplines below:
|Delaware State University||Kentucky State University||North Carolina State University||University of Maryland – College Park|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||Lincoln University in Missouri||University of Arkansas Pine Bluff|
|Alcorn State University||*University of Arizona||Tuskegee University|
|Virginia State University||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Fort Valley State University||Iowa State University|
|University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign|
|South Carolina State University|
|University of Maryland - Eastern Shore|
*The program at the University of Arizona will now include the animal and plant (combination) discipline.
The application date for the AgDiscovery Program has been extended to April 7, 2014. All application packages must be received or postmarked by April 7, 2014. APHIS will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the April 7th deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
What to include in your application package:
If you are mailing your entire application, please remember to have your references mailed separately to USDA-APHIS-AgDiscovery Program, at the address indicated below.
by mail to:
Attn: AgDiscovery Program - Sophia Kirby
USDA-APHIS Office of the Administrator
Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion
4700 River Road, Unit 92
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
If the applicant is selected for the program, original signatures, proof of age, and school enrollment is required prior to program participation.
Selectees will be notified on or before May 9, 2014.
For additional information about the AgDiscovery program, please call (301) 851-4199, or send an e-mail to: email@example.com.