No matter what your background is you can do anything you set your mind to.
It's equally important to be surrounded by people younger than you. [Cultivate Access] was like passing the baton backwards.
I am always impressed by my mentee. A lot of times she has more drive and discipline than I have!
Cultivate ACCESS is a new program to CASNR that showcases our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.
Apply now! Become a Scholar in the Cultivate ACCESS program
What is the Cultivate ACCESS program?
This is an innovative program that can help connect current high school freshmen, sophomores and junior students with mentors (via distance) and help them discover and find a place for themselves within the agricultural industry. The program is designed to help Nebraska students from diverse backgrounds and who have a particular interest/aptitude in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and agriculture-related areas to discover career path possibilities and network with current industry professionals and university students.
Who should apply?
Ideal Scholars are any high school student who is open to learning more about careers in STEM. Scholars do not need to have a background or prior experience in STEM. This program is designed to target students who belong to groups of people that are underrepresented in the STEM-ag career fields, which includes women and cultural and/or ethnic minorities.
Cultivate ACCESS (Agriculture Career Communities to Empower Students in STEM)
We aim to increase participation of underrepresented groups from rural Nebraska in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related agricultural careers through this holistic mentoring and development program.
This project was supported by the Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2017-38503-27167.