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Fiscal Year: 2021

7  Texas A&M University-Kingsville  (84301)

Principal Investigator: Velez-Hernandez, M.

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 275,000

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/20 - 8/31/24

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Biologica Health Sciences&HS

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Arts & Sciences

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: AgriCULTURE: Agriculture Connections to USDA: Lifestyle and Training of Undergraduates through Real World Experiences in Texas and Puerto Rico

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Program Title: none
CFDA Linked: Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants


SAMS 1.3.1- IRB approved. The AgriCULTURE project will develop a student-centered experiential learning opportunity for 15COAG and 15COAS students. Seventy (70) percent of student participants will be from an underrepresented minority group. The program will take advantage of current collaborations between TAMUK and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de PR to synergy experiences and create a network between TAMUK and USDA agencies in PR. Students will: acquire biotechnology skills, be exposed to USDA careers opportunities and training, and be exposed to a new culture; ideal matters to obtain novel insights on how to serve a diverse community. Our strategy will maximize the use of USDA resources while helping students connect the academic classroom to real life while also strengthen institutional capacity by creating new teaching programs for underrepresented students at TAMUK that will become self-sustained after the funding period. Our plan has 3 phases: 1)recruitment of COAG and COAS students 2)creation of the TAMUK Agri-CULTURE course, that includes a learning experience in PR 3)Transition to a USDA career through USDA internships. The impact includes: 1)30-COAS and COAG students considering USDA careers, 2)graduation of 27+ UG 3)network between USDA-PR agencies and TAMUK, 4)increase awareness of globally relevant USDA issues in 30+ students. PI will provide presentations at USDA meetings to disseminate program outcomes.

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