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Research Project: USDA ARS Research Apprenticeship Program at University of Texas at Arlington

Location: Genomics and Bioinformatics Research

Project Number: 6066-21310-006-021-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 15, 2022
End Date: Sep 30, 2024

1. Advancing data-driven research in climate-smart agriculture in any participating ARS research office. 2. Building a pipeline for future U.S. agriculture workforce that data and technology savvy and increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in agriculture research.

This project is to support a research internship program for 24 students to work with ARS scientists on agriculture data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) research. The Project methodology and program activities include: Training: ARS and University of Texas at Arlington will provide an intensive 2-week training program to get student ready, 20 hours per week for 2 weeks (total 40 hours for undergraduate). The program elements are: • seminars by ARS scientists, • hand-on training for stats, programming and introduction to agriculture engineering, • working on summer project planning under faculty and ARS scientists. Research Apprenticeship program jointly mentored by ARS and UT at Arlington scientists, a 8 week program (40 hours per week, 320 hours for undergraduate). The program elements are: • Opening ceremony, USDA speakers and students who present summer project outline, • Agricultural data research that are jointly supervised by ARS scientists and UTA faculty, • Remote working from ARS, workplace is at UTA campus. UTA provides office space and computation facilities, • The research topics are in Climate-smart agriculture particularly in data analysis using modeling and machine learning, • A student symposium at the end of program to report student progress and recruit next cohort.