Overview of the AgriTREK/SciTREK Summer Institute

During the summer of 2004, the College of Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Sciences (CAENS) in collaboration with the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Physical Science (CEAPS) at Tuskegee University and Southeastern Consortium of Minority Engineer (SECME), Incorporated developed the two-week residential program called the AgriTREK Summer Institute. This USDA/CSREES (now NIFA) sponsored program was implemented to expose 9-12th grade students and teachers from counties in Alabama's Black Belt to the latest developments in AgriScience and related disciplines. Today, the program continues to give 9th-12th grade students an opportunity to gain leadership and research training in agriculture and related disciplines. To date, over 300 high school students have participated in the program, many of whom have obtained or are currently pursuing careers in agriculture and related sciences at universities and colleges across the country.