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Investing in the Future of Plant Science

June 15-26, 2015

A Summer Camp for 15 - 17 year olds
on the campus of NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture and The Science House at NC State

agdisc1Ag-Discovery at NC State University is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in plant science. Students live on campus in dorms, learning field and laboratory research techniques from university professors and practicing entomologists, botanists, and plant pathologists working for the U.S. Government. Plant sciences include entomology (the study of insects), plant pathology (the study of plant diseases), botany (the study of plants), and agronomy (the science of soil management and production of field crops).

This two-week summer residential program targets students 15 – 17 years of age as of the first day of camp. Students chosen to participate in Ag-Discovery will explore a research topic through hands-on laboratory experiences, workshops, and field trips. Students will also participate in character and team-building activities and diversity workshops.

See the agenda from Ag-DISCOVERY 2013 to get an idea of what camp is like.

Learn more and apply at

When Is Ag-Discovery?
The dates for 2015 are June 15-26.

Who Is Sponsoring the Ag-DISCOVERY Program?
The Plant Pathology Department at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) division of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)—an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—cooperate to sponsor Ag-DISCOVERY.

How Much Will It Cost?
Students selected for Ag-DISCOVERY will pay only the cost of their transportation to and from NC State's campus. The Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee of APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine Division will sponsor the cost of tuition, room and board, and lab supplies for the two-week program.

How Do I Apply?
Visit for application details. Complete applications must be received by March 6, 2015. All applications must be received by this date, no exceptions. Keep in mind that applicants can also apply using the fillable .pdf form that is located on the AgDiscovery webpage at They can complete the application, save it to their computer and forward it via email as an attachment. Reference letters must be submitted by mail.

Students will be notified on or before April 30.

Are there other Ag-DISCOVERY programs?

Other Ag-DISCOVERY programs in the eastern U.S. include:

Alcorn State Univ. (focus on veterinary science)
Univ. of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (focus on plant and animal science)
Florida A&M Univ. (focus on animal care)
Kentucky State Univ. (focus on veterinary science)
Univ. of Maryland (focus on plant and animal science)
Delaware State Univ. (focus on agricultural science and business)
South Carolina State University

What if I have other questions?
Please contact Jason Painter