Graduate Studies

The CULTIVAR Project

The CULTIVAR Project

Dr JoAnn Canales will be the PI on The CULTIVAR Project: Connecting Underrepresented Latinos To Integrate Values and Academic Resources, a USDA funded grant award to recruit young Hispanic scholars to pursue a professional and or academic career in the food and agricultural sciences. Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi has partnered with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and the USDA- National Institute of Food and Agriculture to sponsor a Master's Thesis Award Program to be awarded at the annual AAHHE meeting in March as well as sponsor a Career Preparation Institute. The Cultivar Project is innovative in its synergistic approach to combining award programs, graduate fellows programs, mentoring programs, career preparation institutes, and internships. The program is intended to nurture 50 individuals, over the course of two years, from a graduate degree program to the doctoral and or workplace program with emphasis on preparing the professionals for their career.

Important Deadlines:

  • August 23, 2014- First Deadline for Submission
  • Early Bird Registration for AAHHE Conference - on or before January 6, 2014
  • 8th Annual AAHHE Conference, March 6 - 8, 2014 at the Hilton Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA

 

About CULTIVAR

The CULTIVAR (Connecting Underrepresented Latinos To Integrate Values and Academic Resources) project addresses the need to attract outstanding, underrepresented students and prepare graduates capable of enhancing the Nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. It will identify, select, and cultivate master's degree level students in food and agricultural sciences disciplines through an outstanding thesis award competition focused on USDA priority areas of Food Safety Climate Change, Sustainable Energy & Childhood Obesity. Fifty fellows, including the thesis award winners, will participate in a Career Preparation Institute networking with senior faculty researchers and USDA agency representatives and create a leadership plan focused on developing human capital relevant to meeting the USDA labor force needs.

The CULTIVAR Project Partners:

 

Career Preparation Institute

Who: 25 invited Hispanic graduate students currently enrolled in programs targeting USDA priority areas of Food Safety, Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, and Childhood Obesity.
When: Ninth Annual AAHHE Conference, March 5 - 8, 2014
Where: Hilton Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA

Career Preparation Institute Topics:

  1. Employment opportunities and application processes in USDA agencies
  2. Internship opportunities and application processes in USDA agencies
  3. Current research to practice in USDA priority areas-Food Safety, Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, and Childhood Obesity
  4. Effective presentation techniques to communicate science
  5. Strengths identification and leadership plan development
  6. Networking strategies and opportunities with USDA representatives and scholars in the food and agricultural sciences

 

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2015 Career
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2015 Career
Preparation Application


Please send the completed form to the College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi or email Dr. JoAnn Canales at joann.canales@tamucc.edu

 

USDA Fellows

1st Annual USDA Graduate Fellows Career Preparation Institute
2012 USDA Graduate Fellows

Corey De Leon Corey De Leon
B.S. Psychology and Nutrition
M.S. Human Nutrition
Food Safety/Childhood Obesity
Texas State University
Diana Del Angel Diana Del Angel
B.S. Environmental Science
M.S. Environmental Science
Climate Change
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 
Juanita Escamilla Juanita Escamilla
B.S. Nutrition and Foods
M.S. Human Nutrition
Childhood Obesity
Texas State University
John Montoya John Montoya
B.S. Biology
M.S. Agricultural Education
Ph.D. Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences
Climate Change (ip)
University of Hawaii
 
Karla Gutierrez Karla Gutierrez
B.S. Industrial Engineering
M.S. Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. Environmental Sciences (ip)
Sustainable Energy
The University of Texas at El Paso
Luz Eliana Pinilla Luz Eliana Pinilla
B.S. Food Science and Technology
M.S. Cereal Quality
Ph.D. Agricultural International
Development Education (ip)
Sustainability/Climate Change
Texas A&M
 
Maria Isabel Quintero Maria Isabel Quintero
B.S. Agro-industrial Production Engineer
M.S. Food Science and Technology
Ph.D. Food Science and Technology (ip)
Food Safety
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Martha A. Ramirez Martha A. Ramirez
M.S. Animal Science
Texas A&M University- Kingsville
 
Mirna Calderon Mirna Calderon
B.S. Agronomy
M.S. Plant Science (ip)
Climate Change
Cal Poly Pomona
Olivia Moreno Olivia Moreno
B.S. Industrial Engineering
M.S. Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering (ip)
Sustainable Energy
University of Texas at El Paso
 
Stefanie Ann Ramirez Stefanie Ann Ramirez
B.S. Management- Marketing, Management, Latin American Studies
M.S. Human Ecology
Ph.D. Apparel Design (ip)
Sustainable Energy
Louisiana State University
Xiomara Elias-Argote Xiomara Elias-Argote
B.S. Biochemistry
M.S. Agriculture
Food Safety
Cal Poly

 

Thesis Competition Forms
 
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