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USDA Ag Discovery Program

USDA Ag Discovery Program, July 5 through July 25, 2020

Learn about career possibilities in the plant, animal and veterinary sciences, and learn how the USDA protects the American food supply.  Over three weeks, students will live on the University of Illinois campus, at Hendrick House, 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 STEM education series of workshops in advance of Ag Discovery sponsored through the Research Apprentice Program. The program is a summer STEM experience at the University of Illinois, funded by USDA APHIS. There is no cost to participate in this program, its FREE!

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. 

Extended application deadline is Tuesday-March 31, 2020.


Click HERE to see USDA flyer with more information

If you have been selected to participate in the 2020 program you will be notified by mid to late April 2020.

Select HERE to Apply for Ag Discovery