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CSC² Agriculture

The CSC² Agriculture program offers participating students a variety of services to assist them with navigating college life and agriculture courses.

Services include academic assistance, paid summer undergraduate research opportunities, professional development, employment opportunities, financial aid and scholarship application assistance, peer mentoring, as well as access to the CSC² Agriculture Student Study Center. 

Study Center: Students are provided ongoing support through the CSC2 Agriculture Student Study Center which has several amenities including a computer lab, study space, and space to prepare food with a microwave, sink, refrigerator, and coffee maker.

Advising and Academic Assistance: CSC² Agriculture offers advising, tutoring, study groups, individualized support, and supplemental instruction. For more information about academic assistance, contact the CSC² Agriculture Program Coordinator and visit the Student Learning Center supplemental instruction webpage.

Professional Development and Employment Opportunities: The program helps students develop their professional skills by offering assistance with cover letters, resumes, interviews, and internship and job search assistance. Students are also offered career advising, faculty mentoring, financial support for travel to professional conferences, and networking opportunities. Paid employment opportunities are also available, including tutoring, student assistant, and peer mentoring positions within CSC2.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Application Assistance: Assistance for applying for financial aid and scholarships is also available.

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs: The programs offer summer undergraduate research (UGR) opportunities. The UGR opportunities are available to CSC2 students who have reached the second semester of their sophomore year. Students will receive hands-on experience with a research topic in their field of study, learn to balance collaborative and individual work, determine an area of interest, and jump-start their careers as researchers.

Through exposure to research as undergraduates, many students discover their passion for research and continue on to graduate studies and faculty positions. Students receive a stipend of $3,500 for participating in the UGR summer program. For more information about the UGR summer program, contact the CSC² Agriculture Program Coordinator.

Effect of Mechanical Vibrations on Oryza Sativa Germination

This unique project has brought together students from the College of Agriculture and the College of Engineering to collaborate and explore the feasibility of using mechanical vibrations to increase the germination rate of rice seed. If germination can be accelerated it could lead to increased productivity, cost efficiency, and higher profits for rice farmers. “We can work together to make the world a better place. We can be more innovative and more impactful in the world” states Melinda Gonzales, an agriculture student working on the project.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dennis O'Connor and Dr. Garrett Liles

Students: Andres A. Duran, Melinda L. Gonzales, Melissa V. Renteria-Santana, Josue D. Viveros-Martir, Jackelin A. Villegas, Frederick G. Hamblin III

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