Discovering STEM in ACES

Students in the new Discovering STEM in ACES Program (DSAP) work together in teams based on their area of interests over two weeks (one week will be conducted virtually via Zoom and the second week will be in person in campus this may change due to Covid-19 pandemic university guidelines) of lectures, hands-on activities and demonstrations conducted by ACES staff and students. Students are placed with a related academic discipline with a specific ACES Department. During the two weeks, each student team participates in a series of STEM related learning activities designed by the assigned department to help them understand how the program is related to the food, agriculture, human, and environmental systems are connected to their career goals. The program addresses discussions centered around some real-world problems. Students have a unique opportunity to learn from ACES Alumni and leaders of related businesses and organizations.


Discovering STEM in ACES requires the following:

One recommendation form from either a STEM teacher or counselor and transcripts are to be emailed to Diana Rodriguez (Pre-College Program Director) at

The program dates are from July 10-23, 2022. This is a FREE experience. Students work together in teams based on their area of interests listed below.

  • Exploring engineering and technology
  • Discovering veterinary science and animal health
  • Understanding nutrition and science of healthy living
  • Studying plant biotechnology
  • Developing new food products
  • Pursuing a career in ecology and conservation
  • Learning about food safety and food security
  • Discovering careers involving children and families
  • Thinking about teaching science as a career
  • Recognizing your talent in communications
  • Exploring finance, marketing, and management
  • Pursuing a career in the healthcare industry
  • Exploring careers that impact policy and law


  • Current high school rising juniors and seniors are welcome to apply.
  • Display curiosity, cooperation, work ethic in their reference(s).
  • Display an interest in learning more about STEM areas on the essay.
  • Ranked in the top 25%; and have a B average in Science (natural sciences), Math and English.
  • We strongly encourage the participation of traditionally underrepresented ethnic minority groups, under resourced communities, students with disabilities and/or from urban areas to apply.


All eligible students will be interviewed virtually via Zoom conferencing in May 2022.