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Poultry Science Summer Institute (PSSI)

Dates TBD (see update below)


We continue to work with local and state health officials, as well as NC State and N.C. A&T State Universities, to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To help prevent the spread of the virus, Poultry 4-H & Youth Extension is currently planning changes to the Poultry Science Science Institute (PSSI) scheduled for June 20-24, 2021.
We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding, and will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Please know that these changes are intended to protect the health and safety of our community while striving to provide the resources and services you need. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and act consistent with local, state and national recommendations.
Additional resources can be found at the links below:

We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time, and we are committed to continue serving and growing our community. Together we will see it through, one day at a time.

What is the Poultry Science Summer Institute?

The Poultry Science Summer Institute (PSSI) is a five-day, four-night immersion experience designed to broaden high school students’ understanding of educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science. Students will be introduced to the sciences behind poultry production ranging from embryology to immunology, feed milling to food safety, and beyond. Again this year, instead of the student coming to campus, campus will come to the student! A generous learning kit of activities, snacks, and swag will make learning fun and interactive as professors from various disciplines virtually ‘walk’ youth through hands-on poultry-based activities!

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 In-Person Activities

Poultry Science Summer Institute

PSSI participants tour turkey farm

Poultry Science Summer Institute

PSSI students tour Butterball headquarters

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PSSI youth tour Reynolds Coliseum

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PSSI participants learn about egg quality

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PSSI poultry art in Expression Tunnel

Poultry Science Summer Institute

Campers unwind at SkyZone

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 (virtual) participant $25

The PSSI fee is $75.00. The fee includes housing on campus, all meals, field trips, workshop materials and entertainment. However, due to the on-going pandemic, this year’s program will be offered virtually at a cost of $25.00. 

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 2021 will open on December 21, 2020. Applications are due on February 28, 2021  *EXTENDED to March 8, 2021*.  Announcement of 2021 candidates will be made by March 15, 2020.

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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 NC State alumnus Josh Monahan for donating chips for the taste panel activity.

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