The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) is pleased to invite applications from current high school sophomores and juniors of under-served, economically disadvantaged groups, and urban residents to participate in the Research Apprentice Program (RAP). Students invited to participate will be required to pay a $50.00 participation fee. Upon completion of the program students may qualify for a monetary award. Described below are some of the components of the program.
All students will be participating in a three- week session that will involve a number of special hands-on mini-laboratory and science exercises developed to help them understand the application of math and science in various areas in the food, human and environmental sciences. A session on math enrichment, micro-computer, writing, and presentation skills will also be offered.
Students will be assigned to small groups or teams where they develop a presentation based on a set of special learning activities. The RAP activities require each team to demonstrate a basic understanding of their specific assigned area. A series of visits and seminars held at various businesses serve as a resource base for the information necessary to successfully complete this exercise. All RAP activities emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, computer skills and presentation skills. At the end of the program, each team presents the outcomes of their assigned project activities.
Food Industry Team will visit various facilities where they will learn about various aspects of food science, product development, manufacturing and marketing. Plant Biotechnology Team will learn about plant breeding and genetic engineering. Business Team will discover the world of finance, accounting, policy, and marketing and its application to the food and agricultural system. Engineering and Technology Team will examine design and technology issues affecting the food systems. Human Professions Team will focus on activities their impact children such as behavior and health. Students interested in animal health and safety, wildlife issues, and protecting the environment should look at the USDA Ag Discovery Programs.
All eligible students will be interviewed to determine finalists.