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This USDA funded project builds on a successful, established USDA-HSI collaboration between the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, South Texas College, and Texas State Technical College providing a learner-centered environment for enhanced research training.

STEP 2 USDA Research Success will transition South Texas regional students from the 2-year Associate Degree institutions (STC & TSTC) to a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree program at either UTRGV or TAMUK, thereby producing college graduates that are prepared for science-based careers with the USDA and/or to earn advanced degrees.  The program is also designed to retain and promote students from 2- and 4-year undergraduate tracks to M.S. and Ph.D. level training, thus providing advanced training for success in USDA careers and the biological and agricultural sciences.


Students---STEP 2 USDA Research Success

  • Student participation in summer internships will provide students with mentored undergraduate and graduate experiential research, providing critical preparation of students for successful professional careers.
  • Students who participate in this program will be given experiential learning and skills necessary to make sound decisions concerning future employment or continued collegiate education in the areas of the agriculture and natural resources.  The students will also be given a competitive edge necessary to be more adequately prepared for career positions.

This page was last updated on: September 20, 2017