Project Goal

The goal of this project is to empower underrepresented students, through excellence in the plant and soil sciences, to build careers addressing the NIFA Priority Science Areas.  To achieve this goal our primary proposed activities are:

1) Research-based experiential learning

2) Synergizing the expertise among four collaborating HSI institutions to produce, Costa Rica an international location, a plant and soil science workshop oriented toward four of the six NIFA Priority Science Areas, with undergraduates as the primary target audience.

3) Professional internships with USDA agencies.

4) Course creation to prepare students for professional exams in crop and soil sciences, initializing the professional certification process in plant and soil sciences.

5) A multi-HSI-institutional team of students coached by NRCS competes to increase soil science competencies among underrepresented students.  A soil judging team consisting of at least one undergraduate per HSI will be coached by an NRCS soil scientist and will compete in the fall on an intercollegiate basis.

This page was last updated on: August 21, 2017