AgDiscovery June 11-24 at UAPB: Application Deadline March 7

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Plant inspection exercise during AgDiscoveryApplications are now being accepted for AgDiscovery, the residential career and science exploration program for teens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) have teamed up to host AgDiscovery June 11-24 on the UAPB campus.

AgDiscovery is for students ages 14-17 who are interested in learning about protecting plants and animals and career options that will prepare them to do so. Students spend two weeks on the campus of their host university and learn from APHIS professionals and university professors, including practicing entomologists, plant pathologists, wildlife biologists and veterinarians. Students participate in hands-on labs, workshops and field trips as well as character and team building activities and diversity workshops.

Students selected for the UAPB session pay only the cost of transportation to and from UAPB. Room and board and supplies for the program are covered by APHIS.

Students must submit an application packet postmarked by March 7 directly to Sophia Kirby, USDA-APHIS AgDiscovery Program, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion, 4700 River Road, Unit 92, Suite 6C-04, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234.

Although students submit their application packets directly to APHIS, they can select their host university. “It is important that applicants follow directions carefully as APHIS will discard incomplete applications,” said Willie Columbus, UAPB program coordinator.

A complete list of host universities, brochures, information and application forms are available on the web at Or, students can contact Columbus at (870) 575-7252 or email

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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