2016 USDA Ag Discovery Program

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Mon, 7/4/2016 - Sun, 7/31/2016
Please note: this event occurred in the past!

Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    Open to students ages 15-17. See USDA website for full details.



  • (217) 333-3380


Parent Program(s):

  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences




Learn about career possibilities in the plant, animal and veterinary sciences, and learn how the USDA protects the American food supply.  Over four weeks, students will live on the University of Illinois campus 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 S.T.E.M. education series of workshops in advance of Ag Discovery sponsored through the Research Apprentice program.  The program is a summer S.T.E.M. experience at the University of Illinois, funded by USDA APHIS.

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. 

Cost & Registration

Regisration: Register at USDA AgDiscovery Project website

Applications will open on January 4 and close on March 21, 2016.

Cost: $50 fee for equiptment and technology usage

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