AgDiscovery at Iowa State University

Virtual Program Dates: June 14-18, 2021

*ISU just made the decision to host our AgDiscovery program virtually this summer. Last summer, participants had a great experience and we are hopeful for another successful program! 

Application forms are available at the USDA AgDiscovery website

DUE: closed

Check out the 2019 Facebook group ; Closing Video

Check out the 2018 Facebook group

Check out the 2017 Facebook group

Check out the 2016 closing video

What is AgDiscovery?

Iowa's AgDiscovery program helps teenagers in 9-11th grade learn about careers in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science, Laboratory Technology and Wildlife Ecology. Students live on the Iowa State University campus and learn from university professors, scientists who work for the U.S. government, and local agricultural producers and animal welfare and management organizations.

Students who participate gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Team-building activities and diversity workshops build important life skills in participants.

AgDiscovery is made possible by a collaborative agreement between USDA, Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) and Iowa State University.

Iowa State University’s Ag Discovery Program is centered on the interactions among wildlife biology and conservation, laboratory technology and diagnostics, animal science, and veterinary medicine. Our program provides participants with hands-on experiences on farms, in wild places, and in the laboratory! Activities will include visiting a farm or food processing plant, laboratory exercises such as bacterial culture and diagnostic testing, and field trips to conservation areas, zoological facilities, an animal shelter, and research facilities. You may get dirty!

USDA will be funding ISU’s Ag Discovery through multiple programs of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). 

Iowa State University is an international university with a welcoming personality.

More than 35,000 students choose from 100 majors and are involved in more than 850 student organizations! The University offers bachelor, master and doctoral programs in many fields, including the agricultural sciences. The student body is diverse, with students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Iowa State University, founded in 1858, is a land-grant institution, with a focus on the idea that higher education should be accessible to all people. The ISU Veterinary Medical School was founded in 1879. The University is a recognized leader in the fields of engineering, agriculture, human sciences and veterinary medicine.

AgDiscovery participants at ISU stay in a dormroom on campus. Each “room” consists of two bedrooms with a shared bathroom between them. Meals will be provided to all participants.