AgDiscovery application deadline extended to March 20

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Students participate in a plant inspection exercise at UAPB during the AgDiscovery summer program.

Students participate in a plant inspection exercise at UAPB during the AgDiscovery summer program.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The application deadline for the AgDiscovery summer program has been extended to March 20. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will again serve as a host campus for the two-week residential program, which allows students to learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, regulatory science and plant pathology.

AgDiscovery is intended for teens ages 14-17 interested in learning about plants and animals, careers in agriculture and high school courses that will prepare them to do so. The program is sponsored by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Students spend two weeks on UAPB’s campus and learn from APHIS professionals and university professors including practicing entomologists, plant pathologists, wildlife biologists and veterinarians. They participate in hands-on labs, workshops and field trips as well as in character and team building activities.

Students selected for AgDiscovery pay only the cost of transportation to and from UAPB. Tuition, room and board, and supplies for the two-week program are covered by APHIS.

The program will be held June 13-26. The complete application packet consists of an application form, three character references and a two-page essay, “Why I Want to Attend the AgDiscovery Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (or the host university of your choice) and What I Want to Learn.” Students should include information on hobbies, interests and career goals.

The packet must be postmarked by March 20 and sent directly to Sophia Kirby, USDA-APHIS Office of the Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion, 4700 River Road, Unit 92, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234.

Application forms and a brochure are available at Or, students can contact Willie Columbus, educational outreach coordinator at UAPB, at or (870) 575-7252.

More information is also available from APHIS (301) 851-4199 or email


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