Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who can apply?
AgriTREK/SciTREK Summer Institute: Students in grades 9th – 12th and returning to high school the Fall semester following the program are eligible to apply for the AgriTREK/SciTREK Summer Institute. Individuals who have participated in the AgDiscovery program or the AgriTREK/SciTREK Summer Institute at Tuskegee University in a previous year and meet the above criteria is eligible to participate again.
AgDiscovery Summer Program: Students age 15-17 years old (as of May 31 of the program year) are eligible to apply for the AgDiscovery Program. Individuals who have participated in the AgDiscovery program at Tuskegee University in a previous year are not eligible to participate again; however, past participants of AgDiscovery at other universities are eligible to apply.
Where do I get an application?
Click the “How to Apply” link on the left of the page.
How much does it cost to attend?
The AgriTREK/SciTREK Summer Institute and the AgDiscovery Summer Program are both FREE programs. Participants receive a small stipend (up to $200) to help defray the costs of travel to the program location (Tuskegee University).
Is travel provided?
Travel to/from the program IS NOT provided. All parents (guardians of) participants are responsible for dropping off and picking up the participating scholars at the designated times. Participants receive a small stipend (up to $200) to help defray the costs of travel to the program location (Tuskegee University).
Where will participants be housed?
Participants will be housed in the dormitories on the Tuskegee University campus during the program. Program counselors will be housed with the program participants.
Can I bring a car?
Participants MAY NOT bring a car to the program and are required to be transported in by modes provided by the program.
What about medical coverage?
Program participants ARE NOT covered by the standard Tuskegee University medical coverage and must provide copies of insurance and a parent/guardian must sign a waiver permitting program staff to seek medical assistance for the scholars as needed prior to the start of the program.
What should I bring?
Participants are encouraged to bring any items, which they deem necessary to make them comfortable; however, a standard list is provided below.
Items to Bring
Bedding for a twin sized bed, including a blanket/comforter, sheet sets, etc.
Pillow(s) & pillow case(s)
Towels & washcloths
Disinfectant & air freshener
Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
Toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste/brush etc.)
Shower shoes (flip-flops) & Cap
Iron/ Ironing board
Small throw rug
Comfortable clothing, including at least one “dressy” outfit
Comfortable shoes, including sneakers/tennis shoes
Other Suggested Items
Recreational games and entertainment (Bring at your own risk!), snacks for dorm room and/or snack money for field trips, fan, power surge/strip.
Items NOT Allowed
Microwaves, hot plates, electrical grills, toasters, other heating appliances, extension cords, pets, candles, incense, and furniture.
When does the program begin and end?
In general, the program will begin early June and end two weeks thereafter. Please visit the program website to find out more information on the program dates.
How do I get directions to Tuskegee?
Please visit the following website to obtain driving directions
Will I have to pay for meals during the program?
While housed in the university dorms, participants will also be provided a meal plan (three meals/day). Meals will also be provided during field trips. Scholars may purchase snacks from the snack bar each evening (items generally cost $.50-$1.00).
Are handicapped facilities available?
Yes, Tuskegee has reasonable accommodations and services which may include buildings which are handicapped accessible. Services may include extra time for exams, special seating arrangements, a class note taker, extended time for papers/projects, frequent one-on-one conferences, and/or alternate format materials (i.e. taped recorded classes, taped texts, etc.). Accommodations and services are designed to meet each individual’s needs.
When will I know if I have been accepted to the program?
Applicants will be notified no later than April 30 of their acceptance status, which will include accepted, alternate, or denied. Selected applicants will have 48 hours to accept their position. A negative response or lack of response within that timeframe will result in the invitation of an alternate.
How many participates will be accepted?
A minimum of 16 participants will be selected for the AgDiscovery and 10-15 for AgriTREK/SciTREK each year.