APHIS AgDiscovery Program

The APHIS AgDiscovery Program is coming back to Hawaii for its 7th year! 

AgDiscovery is a unique summer program for teenage students to gain a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in the agriculture sciences such as plant and animal science, wildlife management, and agribusiness.   USDA APHIS partners with various universities and colleges to deliver the AgDiscovery program at various locations throughout the country.   The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and agriculture professionals who work for the government or the private sector in a variety of fields.  Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips, and character- and team-building activities.

To learn more about this unique program and the eligibility requirements, please visit the Web site for more information:  www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery.

Hawaii AgDiscovery Program dates: July 9-22, 2017.

The Hawaii program will be partnering again with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources.

Students who are selected for the 2017 AgDiscovery summer program will pay only the cost of their transportation to get from home to the college campus at the start of the session and back again at the end of the session.

If you know of any students, between the ages of 14-17 years, that may be interested, please encourage them to apply!

Students will need to complete a 4-page application form, write a 2-page essay, and acquire three character reference letters.

Click on this link, to view a copy of the AgDiscovery brochure:  https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/aphis_general/bro-agdiscovery.pdf

The complete application package (application form, essay, three reference letters in sealed envelopes) MUST BE MAILED TO:

USDA-APHIS AgDiscovery Program
ATTN: Tammy Lowry
Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion
4700 River Road, Unit 92, Suite 6C-04
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234

All application packages must be received or postmarked by March 1, 2017.

Attached are copies of an informational flyer, the 2017 application, and “Helpful Hints” for the AgDiscovery essay and application package.

Please check out our YouTube video, showcasing Hawaii AgDiscovery students from our 2015 program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKUemB96c0I.

For additional information about the other AgDiscovery programs or the application process, please contact our national office at (301) 851-4199, or send an e-mail to: agdiscovery@aphis.usda.gov.

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