• Congressman Al Lawson and CAFS students at the Farmer's Roundtable event. 
  • Harambee Festival - Learning about insects. 
  • Dr. Mbuya explaining the importance of water quality and the impacts of contamination. 
  • Goat meat cooking demonstration conducted by Cooperative Extension. 
  • CAFS Living Learning Students(LLC) students inspecting bee colonies. 

Program Overview

The CESTA Research and Extension Scholar Program is designed to provide research experiences and professional development in the area of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Technology to talented undergraduate students. The goal of the program is to generate interest in research/extension and graduate programs within the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture. Features of this Research

Leadership Program include:

  • Opportunities to conduct independent research projects under the guidance of
    experienced researchers;
  • Opportunities to present research results at meetings of professional societies, such as
    MANNRS, NOBCCHE, ARD Symposium and the FAMU Student Research Forum;
  • Professional Development Workshops, such as lab safety, how to keep a lab notebook, writing skills, GRE workshop, public speaking skills, making presentations, computer efficiency, design and maintenance of websites and online content;
  • Field trips to major research companies and laboratories;
  • Visits to important natural areas and museum collections;
  • Extension activities in neighboring counties;
  • Mandatory weekly Research Seminars by scholars and by renowned scientists in areas of interests;
  • Training in cutting?edge technology to enhance the scholars’ technical abilities and skills in research areas that include LC/MS, Electron Microscopy, DNA Sequencing, Micro? Array Technology, Computational Biology;
  • Representing CESTA at on? and off?campus events as CESTA Ambassadors;
  • $5,000 for the academic year or $2,500 per semester (Fall and Spring).
  • $5,000 for the summer;
  • A travel allowance to conduct research at International sites, such as Australia, France, Ghana, Brazil;
  • $5,000 to conduct research at the Panama City Site (PHEREC).
  • A research budget of up to $1,000 for consumable supplies used for the research project.
  • Writing papers for an on?line Research Reports or other publications;
  • Tracking of scholars after program completion; and
  • Program evaluation (Evaluative Components).