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AgDiscovery - Participating Universities

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) partners with 21 colleges and universities nationwide to deliver the AgDiscovery program.  The program is held on the university campuses during the summer. Many of the Federal Government’s plant scientists, veterinarians, biotechnologists, and wildlife biologists work at APHIS. While attending AgDiscovery, you will have the opportunity to learn about many exciting careers in APHIS.

The types of AgDiscovery programs are: 

  • Agribusiness focuses on the business aspects of agriculture
  • Animal focuses on animal science and health
  • Combination incorporates animal, plant, and agribusiness disciplines
  • Plant focuses on plant health and science

Check the Universities' eligibility requirements.

Universities participating in the AgDiscovery 2023 program.

University Type Dates
Alcorn State UniversityAnimalJune 11–24, 2023
California State University, FresnoCombinationJune 4–14, 2023
Coppin State UniversityCombinationJune 9–21, 2023
Delaware State UniversityAgribusinessJuly 9-22, 2023
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityAnimalJune 11–24, 2023
Fort Valley State UniversityAnimalJune 12-24, 2023
Iowa State UniversityCombinationJuly 9–22, 2023
Kentucky State UniversityAnimalJune 4-17, 2023
Lincoln University in MissouriCombinationJuly 9-22, 2023
North Carolina State UniversityCombinationJune 19-30, 2023
Prairie View A&M UniversityCombinationJune 5-16, 2023
Purdue UniversityCombinationJuly 9-22, 2023
South Carolina State UniversityCombinationJune 11–25, 2023
Tuskegee UniversityCombinationJune11-24, 2023
University of ArizonaCombinationJune 12-23, 2023
University of Arkansas at Pine BluffCombinationJune 10-23, 2023
University of Hawaii at MānoaCombinationJuly 9-22, 2023
University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignCombinationJuly 9-22, 2023
University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyPlantJune 11–23, 2023
University of the Virgin IslandsCombinationJuly 16-29, 2023
Virginia State UniversityAnimalJune 20-30, 2023

Important Information About AgDiscovery Applications

Applicants can only apply to one AgDiscovery program each year. The programs are categorized in four areas of discipline: agribusiness, plant, animal, and combination. Applicants cannot repeat participation within the same discipline. For example, suppose a student has previously attended a program in the animal area of discipline. In that case, the student is only eligible to participate in a program in one of the three remaining disciplines (agribusiness, plant, or combination).  Learn more.

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