Skip to main content

NC State Extension

Poultry Science Summer Institute (PSSI)

en Español

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.

English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

What is the Poultry Science Summer Institute?

The Poultry Science Summer Institute (PSSI) is a four day 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.

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 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 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

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 26-30, 2022.

Eligibility and Fee 

Eligibility

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.

Fee

Fee per participant $75

Fee includes all workshop materials, T-shirt, swag, poultry-themed snacks and a voucher to purchase materials like eggs to be used during the workshop.

Applying to PSSI

Requirements

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.

Deadline

Applications for 2022 are open until February 28.

Announcement of 2022 candidates will be made by March 28.

Apply online button

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

E-mail: mhfosnau@ncsu.edu
Phone: +1 919.515.5529