College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Virtual Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for High School Students

RAP has a new format for 2021. The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) invites rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in a two-week, virtual research program, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, June 7-18. Upon graduation from high school and enrollment at N.C. A&T in a CAES program, participants will receive an $800 scholarship. The scholarship will be distributed during the first and second semesters of a student’s freshman year at A&T.

The application deadline is Feb. 26, 2021. Applications post-marked after Feb. 26 will not be accepted.

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Through the program, students will:

  • Learn how to conduct research under the direction of the CAES research scientists.
  • Learn about research being conducted in the College ranging from animal sciences, biological engineering, pesticide studies, biotechnology, and horticulture to air quality, housing, food and nutrition and international trade.
  • Gain exposure to a number of structured activities, including 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 but not limited to:


  • Virtual laboratory exercises focusing on research skills.
  • Presentations from outstanding scientists with distinguished research records.
  • 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 their class.
  • Demonstrate a serious interest in learning more about the food, agricultural, environmental, and family and consumer sciences.
  • Plan to pursue a college degree in one of the areas mentioned above.


  • Completed Application Form with all REQUIRED documents
  • Official or Unofficial High School Transcript
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • $25 Non-Refundable Application Fee (Cash will not be accepted).


AWARD:  Participants will receive an $800 participation scholarship when they enroll at N.C. A&T in one of the many CAES programs.

To qualify for this academic award, students must:

  • Successfully complete the 2021 RAP.
  • Graduate high school
  • Be admitted to N.C. A&T and enrolled in a CAES degree program.
  • Be registered for classes in the terms for which the aid will be awarded during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Fully complete freshman year fall and spring semesters at N.C. A&T in any of the previously listed areas in the CAES.


All finalists will be interviewed via online video conference to fill available positions.


Interested students are encouraged to download and complete the application. High school counselors and agriculture teachers should be able to assist you. Google Chrome or Firefox browsers recommended.

Application packets are to be emailed to Only the $25 non-refundable application fee – via check or money order made out to N.C. A&T University Foundation – is to be mailed to:

Attn: Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
C.H. Moore Agricultural Research Station
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
1601 E. Market St., Greensboro, NC  27411-1011


Shirley Hymon-Parker, Ph.D., associate dean for research, at 336-285-4701 or Kishaa James, student services manager, at 336-285-4798.

To learn more, visit the RAP Facebook page.