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Students from the Research Apprenticeship Program RAP participants A student learns first-hand about research RAP participants

A Commitment to Diversity

The College of ACES organizes several programs to target traditionally underserved groups underrepresented in the food and agricultural sciences.

Developing Future Leaders

Diverse students with ACES degrees have skills needed to transform the culture within public and private organizations.

Graduate Education

Creating a pool of diverse people with advanced degrees to solve tomorrow’s complex global problems.

Valuing Differences

Engaging all ACES students in learning activities and programs that promote multiculturalism and pluralism.

How to Apply

Pre-College Programs

Research Apprentice Program

RAP: This is a new five week program opened to high school sophomores and juniors. 


Second Year RAP Opportunity

Former RAP students should re-apply to the 5-wk NEW RAP.  Limited 7 wk experience available. (June 19- July 31)


USDA Ag Discovery Program

USDA Ag Discovery Program is designed for High School students interested in animals and environment.  

The Imagine ACES Experience

This experience allows high school students to make Illinois a one-week campus visit.  Learn more...

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Young Scholars Program

A summer and first year academic experience provided for incoming freshmen and transfer students pursuing an undergraduate program of study offered through the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.  Learn more about YSP...

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Mentor and mentee ACES participation in The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Summer Research Opportunities Program offer undergraduate students opportunities to prepare for graduate studies.