Discovering STEM in ACES

Students in the new Discovering STEM in ACES Program (DSAP) engage in STEM-related learning activities focused on food, agriculture, human, and environmental systems. Students have the opportunity to work in their area of interest, with a team of their peers, lead by industry leaders, ACES staff, and current ACES students. 

Two weeks of lectures, hands-on activities, and demonstrations centered on real-world issues will help students discover how ACES is related to to their career goals. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, one week will be conducted virtually via Zoom, and the second week will be in person on campus.



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.