The Research and Extension Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is a premier program included in KSU’s Creating Opportunities for Leadership, Transportation, and Scholarship (COLTS) initiative. The mission of REAP is to introduce students entering grades 9-12 to the fields of agriculture, aquaculture, nutritional, environmental sciences and extension through in depth, hands-on research, extension and public service projects. Students work one-on-one with KSU principle investigators and researchers to complete a significant and scientifically relevant project by the conclusion of the summer.
REAP prepares students that may have an interest in pursuing careers in science and extension occupations by sowing seeds of curiosity, confronting them with learning processes to aid in high school success, and by preparing them for a successful professional future through leadership development.
Students have the opportunity to work on projects that focus on the agricultural, environmental, aquaculture, nutritional sciences, and public service extension projects. Former students have completed projects that document beetle diversity within the state of Kentucky, the decrease in the population of honeybees and its impact on the environment, largemouth bass production, color variability in ornamental carp, small farm management, weight loss and obesity through human nutrition, computer sciences, the use of audio-visual techniques in fields of sciences, and many more.
Students actively participate in a variety of exercises and classes that educate them in the areas of mathematics, sciences, English, computer technology, and other activities as they relate to careers in research and extension. Students present their summer findings in the form of a professional paper and oral presentation.
In addition to a variety of fun and engaging classes, students meet professionals within different fields of science including Fish & Wildlife, the USDA, veterinary sciences, health professions, farming, producers, and teaching occupations. These experiences encourage a productive and fulfilling educational and professional future.
Through this five-week residential program, students experience a taste of college life while they live in the university dorms, use university research facilities, dine at the KSU cafeteria, and explore the wealth of services available to students
It is the goal of REAP that at the conclusion of the summer, participating students will have a better insight into college choices, career paths, and will be empowered to take charge of a successful future as the transformed leaders of tomorrow!
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