Poultry Science Summer Institute (PSSI)
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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!
Dates of Event
PSSI will be held on June 18-22, 2023.
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.
|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
Applying to PSSI requires two items. Applicants must submit
- the Poultry Science Summer Institute Application and
- a brief essay (400-600 words) indicating why they’re interested in the experience.
Applications for 2023 are open until February 28.
Announcement of 2023 candidates will be made by March 28.
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.
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