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/ARSUserFiles/oc/discoveries/2018/images/st.jpg The Reach of ARS Student Engagement in 2017

Graduate student prepares a plasma sample

Planning for the Next Generation of Scientists and Discoveries

From preschoolers to postdoctoral candidates, ARS scientists annually engage with tens of thousands of students. Through direct training and mentorship of interns, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers, ARS scientists play a key role in developing the next generation of researchers in agricultural science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (Ag STEM). More than 600 ARS scientists serve as advisors or mentors throughout the agency. Additionally, ARS sparks interest in Ag STEM and ARS career opportunities by conducting numerous outreach activities. ARS continues to build a diverse workforce by partnering with a number of organizations—including My Brother's Keeper; the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science; Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences; Federal Asian Pacific American Council; the League of United Latin American Citizens; and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund—to provide opportunities for minority and under-represented groups.

Website: USDA Pathways Programs

ARS Student Engagement in 2017

Number of students receiving ARS training


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