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AgDiscovery Program

Welcome to AgDiscovery 2015!                                   

Applications for the 2015 AgDiscovery Program are no longer being accepted.  Applicants selected to participate in this year’s program will be contacted by April 30, 2015. Non-selected applicants will receive a letter in the mail during the week of May 11, 2015.

We thank you for your interest in the AgDiscovery Program!

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.


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
    Lincoln University

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:

  • The four-page AgDiscovery 2015 application form.  You can download a PDF to fill out from the APHIS Web site at www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery.  We strongly suggest that you complete the form by typing information directly into it.  If you prefer to complete the form by hand, please ensure that all information is neatly printed and clearly legible.
  •   A two-page essay entitled, “Why I Want to Attend the AgDiscovery Program at                                                         (indicate the participating university you would like to attend), and What I Want to Learn.”  In the essay, include information about your interests, hobbies, and future career goals.  Be sure to include your full name, age, home address, telephone number, and email address on the first page of the essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation from people not related to you who know you well.  At least one recommendation must come from a teacher or school counselor.  Each letter of recommendation must be sealed in a separate envelope, and then placed in one large envelope, and mailed together with the application form and essay.

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.


2015 AgDiscovery Applicants

Selected students will receive notification from the University via email/phone call or both by the first week in May.  Students that were not selected will receive a letter from Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion during the week on May 11th.



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)
                                                                                         at Mānoa

Iowa State University                  (ages 15–17)                University of Illinois                 (ages 16–17)
                                                                                         at Urbana-Champaign

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.