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Poultry Science Summer Institute (PSSI)

June 21-25, 2020

What is the Poultry Science Summer Institute?

The Poultry Science Summer Institute (PSSI) is a five-day, four-night conference and workshop designed to broaden high school students’ understanding of educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science.

Why participate in PSSI?

PSSI participants experience campus life at NC State. They stay in University Towers, a private residence hall (with a pool), go to local fun spots, do hands-on experiments in a lab setting and live like college students during the program.

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 come 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

PSSI participants in white coveralls and personal protective equipment

PSSI participants on a field trip to the Piedmont Research Station with Dr. Ken Anderson.

A PSSI participant holds equipment in a lab

A PSSI participant loads a gel while learning about DNA and electrophoresis.

PSSI participants in lab coats in a lab

PSSI participants learn about embryology and the developing chick with PDPS staff.

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.

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


Fee per participant $75

The PSSI fee is $75.00. The fee includes housing on campus, all meals, field trips, workshop materials and entertainment.

Applying to PSSI


Applying to PSSI requires two items. Applicants must submit

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


Applications for 2020 will open on December 21, 2019. Applications are due on February 28, 2020.

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