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Poultry Science Summer Immersion (PSSI)

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What is the Poultry Science Summer Immersion? (formerly Institute)

The Poultry Science Summer Immersion (PSSI) is a four-day hands-on experience designed to broaden high school student’s understanding of poultry-related educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers, and industries. Students will be introduced to the sciences behind poultry production ranging from embryology to immunology, feed milling to food safety, and beyond.

Why participate in PSSI?

PSSI participants experience the science behind poultry science while interacting with the faculty who make NC State’s Prestage Department of Poultry Science one of the premier Poultry Science Departments in the nation. Students will engage directly with faculty and industry experts while completing a hands-on activity with them that reinforces the science being shared.

PSSI lets students “try us on for size.” Participants interact informally with NC State faculty, staff, and poultry science students. Attendees learn about the diverse field of poultry science and get specific information about our poultry science degree program.

Information about a wide range of topics comes up during PSSI, including

  • career fields and areas of opportunity,
  • scholarship requirements and availability,
  • internships while attending college,
  • employment connections when graduating,
  • how and when to apply to college and
  • anything else you’d like to know about poultry!

PSSI Activities

Poultry Science Summer Institute

Participants tour turkey farm

Poultry Science Summer Institute

Students tour  Butterball headquarters

Poultry Science Summer Institute

Students tour Reynolds Coliseum

Poultry Science Summer Institute

Participants learn about egg quality

Poultry Science Summer Institute

PSSI poultry art in Expression Tunnel

Poultry Science Summer Institute

Campers unwind at SkyZone

Dates of Event

PSSI will be held on June 16-20, 2024.

Eligibility and Fee 


Any high school student with an interest in poultry science may apply to attend PSSI. Students must list a high school science teacher, counselor, county extension agent, 4-H leader, or vocational agriculture instructor as a reference. Students will write a brief personal statement describing why they would like to participate.

To ensure the best experience for all students, PSSI is limited to 20 participants.


Each of the 20 applicants who are selected to attend PSSI will receive over a $700 scholarship to attend this camp due to the generous support of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Each participant will be charged $85 towards the total costs of the camp.

Fee per participant $85

The scholarship and fee include all housing, food, workshop materials, T-shirt, and entertainment. If the $85 student fee is a barrier, scholarship applications can be arranged.

Applying to PSSI


Applying to PSSI requires two items. Applicants must submit

  1. the Poultry Science Summer Immersion Application and
  2. a brief essay (400-600 words) indicating why they’re interested in the experience.


Applications for 2024 are NOW OPEN until February 28. Apply today!

Announcement of 2024 candidates will be made by March 28.

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We appreciate our sponsors and partners

Thank you to the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) for their generous support of PDPS recruitment efforts, including PSSI.

Thank you to the NC State Feed Mill Education Unit. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

For additional information contact

Dr. Mary Fosnaught
4-H & Youth Development Extension Associate
NC State Extension
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608

Phone: +1 919.515.5529