USDA AgDiscovery Summer Program at Coppin

Published Friday, July 19th, 2019

AgDiscovery is a two-week summer outreach program at Coppin State University that kicked off on Monday, July 8 and held its closing event, on July 19, 2019.

The AgDiscovery program targets middle and high school students who are interested in learning more about plants, animals, and agribusiness. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery gained experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Students also participate in character- and team-building activities and a variety of other events.

The program is designed to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, agribusiness, and much more. The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields. They study the life cycles and habits of insects (entomologists); research micro-organisms, such as bacteria and viruses (biotechnologists); examine cells and tissues under a microscope to identify diseases (plant pathologists); work to conserve and manage wild animals and their habitats (wildlife biologists); carry out animal health programs (veterinarians); provide education on the humane care and treatment of animals (veterinarians and animal care inspectors); and manage the business aspects of protecting plants and animals (agribusiness).

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) partners with various universities and colleges throughout the country to deliver the AgDiscovery program. Many of the Federal Government’s professional plant scientists, biotechnologists, veterinarians, and wildlife biologists work for APHIS. The agency funds AgDiscovery each year, and partner universities host program participants on their local campuses.

In 2019, there are 20 universities participating in AgDiscovery: Alcorn State University; California State University, Fresno; Coppin State University; Delaware State University; Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; Iowa State University; Kentucky State University; Lincoln University in Missouri; North Carolina State University; Prairie View A&M University; Purdue University; Tuskegee University; University of Arizona; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ; University of Hawaii at Mānoa; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Maryland at College Park; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; University of the Virgin Islands; and Virginia State University.

Each university’s AgDiscovery program focuses on a specific area of interest to our Nation’s agriculture, such as plant health, entomology, veterinary science, animal care, biotechnology, food science, and agribusiness. AgDiscovery is a unique opportunity for students to gain a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in the agricultural sciences.