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USDA Ag Discovery Program

USDA Ag Discovery Program, July 7 through August 3, 2019

Learn about career possibilities in the plant, animal and veterinary sciences, and learn how the USDA protects the American food supply.  Over four weeks, students will live on the University of Illinois campus, at the Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR) - Wardall Hall, and have hands-on experiences in animal and plant laboratories, conducting small laboratory exercises under supervision of plant and animal scientists, and veterinarians, employed by the University and USDA.  Field trips will be to USDA facilities, agricultural businesses, conservation areas, and zoological facilities to experience the vast aspects of the food and agriculture system. Students enhance academic skills in math, science and computers.  Selected students will also have the opportunity to participate in a two week S.T.E.M. education series of workshops in advance of Ag Discovery sponsored through the Research Apprentice program.  The program is a summer S.T.E.M. experience at the University of Illinois, funded by USDA APHIS. Students invited to participate will be required to pay a $50.00 equipment and technology usage fee.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a USDA Agency with a mission to protect and promote U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.  APHIS is on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week working to defend America's animal and plant resources from agricultural pests and diseases. 

Applications will close on March 15, 2019. 


Click HERE to see USDA flyer with more information

If you have been selected to participate in the 2019 program you will be notified between Monday, May 6th and Friday, May 10th, 2019.

Select HERE to Apply for Ag Discovery