Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for High School Students


The application deadline is Feb. 16, 2018. Applications post-marked after Feb. 16 will not be accepted.


  1. Official High School Transcript
  2. Counselor Form
  3. Completed Application Form
  4. $25 Non-Refundable Application Fee

RAP – June 17 through July 13, 2018

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is pleased to invite students to participate in a four-week residential summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Upon completion of the program, students may qualify for a monetary award.

Through the program, students will:

  • Gain first-hand experience in research conducted under the direction of the CAES research scientists.
  • Conduct research projects ranging from animal sciences, biological engineering, pesticide studies, biotechnology, and horticulture to air quality, food and nutrition and international trade.
  • Gain exposure to a number of structured activities, including field trips, workshops and laboratory demonstrations, and instruction in computer applications, technical and scientific writing and public speaking.

The program’s main objective is to stimulate interest in agriscence and human science professions, including:


  • Free housing and weekly meal plan.
  • Free health and accident insurance.
  • Program-paid activity fees.
  • Hands-on laboratory exercises focusing on research skills.
  • Interesting seminars and presentations from outstanding scientists in the CAES.
  • Field trips to gain a better understanding of the application of agriculture and environmental science programs.
  • Development of team work and critical thinking skills.
  • Mentoring, career development and college counseling.
  • Improvement of basic communication skills.
  • Opportunities to develop new life-long friendships and improve social skills.


To qualify for this academically rewarding program, successful students must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • Be a rising high school junior or senior with a cumulative weighted GPA of 2.8 or better.
  • Rank in the top 25th percentile of his/her class.
  • Demonstrate a serious interest in learning more about the food, agricultural, environmental, and family and consumer sciences.
  • Plan to pursue a college education in any of the abovementioned areas.

To learn more, visit the RAP Facebook page:


All finalists will be interviewed to fill available positions.


Interested students can download the electronic application in fillable form.  Contact your high school counselor or agriculture teacher to request assistance in downloading an application. Google Chrome or Firefox browsers recommended.


Dr. Valerie Giddings, Associate Dean for Research, or
Kishaa James at (336) 285-4798.

Completed application packages should be sent to:
Research Apprenticeship Program
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
C. H. Moore Agricultural Research Station
North Carolina A&T State University
1601 E. Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411-1011

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