Planting the Seed for Future Leaders in Agriculture Sciences
Educators at Mesa College in San Diego, California, are developing future leaders in agricultural sciences and related fields by providing them with a solid background in STEM education. The STEM Engagement for the Enrichment of Diverse Students (SEEDS) program is a four-year effort to encourage underrepresented students, primarily Hispanic, to pursue graduate degrees. The first 20 SEEDS scholars entered the program in June 2015 and are majoring in such STEM fields as anthropology, nutrition, biology, and geology. Along with traditional studies, SEEDS scholars participate in several community projects, serving as mentors to children in elementary and middle schools, volunteering in building community gardens, and increasing community awareness of environmental issues that adversely affect health at a local and global level.
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