University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students may apply for a chance to earn money, learn about career options and work on research and Extension projects with faculty of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, David Fernandez, interim assistant dean of SAFHS academic programs, said.

SAFHS is now accepting applications for summer research and Extension apprenticeships.

“The summer apprenticeship is a chance for students to learn about careers in agriculture, aquaculture, natural fisheries, family and consumer sciences and community and youth development while gaining hands-on job experience employers will want to see,” he said.

“Participants will work on a U.S. Department of Agriculture research project or in Extension outreach programs, conducting research and analyzing and interpreting data, as well as developing and delivering Extension education programs to target communities and stakeholders in Arkansas,” according to a news release.

USDA-approved research projects include topics such as sweet potato production, the breeding of cowpea varieties and agricultural business planning. Some projects seek to improve the competitiveness of U.S. aquaculture and enhance the performance evaluation of split-pond systems, according to the release.

Fernandez said other research projects investigate sustainable energy production, health and nutrition, the control of foodborne pathogens and toxins, improvement of water quality in crop irrigation systems and the use of Extension education in supporting conservation practices on farmland.

Muthusamy Manoharan is interim dean/director of SAFHS.

“In addition to gaining real-world experience and valuable job skills, participants will receive individualized mentoring from experts in the field,” Manoharan said. “After acquiring new skills, they can take advantage of the opportunity to present research at a professional conference, which also looks great on a resume.”

The apprenticeship program is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Evans-Allen Research Program and 1890 Extension Programs.

The SAFHS summer apprenticeship program is open to all UAPB students, though SAFHS majors will receive top priority in the application process, according to the release.

Details: David Fernandez, or 870-575-7214.

— Will Hehemann is with the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.