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SerPIE-ASEMP – Synergistic Efforts to Reduce Pharmaceutical Impacts on the Environment – Agricultural Science Extension Mentorship Program for Undergraduates


We welcome applications from students attending 4-year colleges and majoring in agricultural-related science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Priority will be given to students from ethnic groups that are under-represented in Science and Extension careers.

ALL applicants must:

  • Be United States citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.
  • Be classified as a Sophomore, Junior or Senior.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Have a current GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a willingness to experience the great outdoors.
  • Be interested in pursuing an advanced degree (Master or Ph.D.) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or a related field upon completing their Bachelor’s degree

All applicants must provide:

  • An online ASEMP Application Form
  • A two-page resume
  • An official college transcript (must be mailed to us directly from your school)
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be sent to us directly by the referring parties via email, fax, or US mail)
  • A personal statement demonstrating your interest in the program and your educational background and career goals.

Participant Benefits

  • Each ASEMP participant will receive a stipend, with money paid to the student in advance for program-related expenses and the remaining balance paid after the student completes all assignments, and is approved by the coordinators of the program.
  • Travel, housing, meals, and program-related expenses will be covered by ASEMP.
    • All ASEMP participants will be housed in an Alabama A&M University (AAMU) campus dormitory throughout the duration of the program. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a microwave. Laundry facilities are available in the dormitory area. ASEMP participants will engage in experiential learning activities for one week on the campus of Tennessee State University (TSU). They will be provided with travel, housing, and meals during their stay at TSU.
  • Local telephone and internet services will be provided by AAMU and TSU.

Security and Safety

The following forms will have to be read, signed, and dated by each student before participating in SerPIE-ASEMP.

  • Code of Conduct
  • Waiver and Assumption of Risk
  • Parental Travel Release
  • Health Information
  • Emergency Contact
  • Consent to Treat

The Agricultural Science Extension Mentorship Program (ASEMP) is supported by USDA-NIFA grant #2017-38821-26426. (United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

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