Dr JoAnn Canales is the PI on The CULTIVAR Project: Connecting Underrepresented Latinos To Integrate Values and Academic Resources, a USDA funded grant award to recruit young Hispanic scholars to pursue a professional and or academic career in the food and agricultural sciences.
Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi has partnered with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and the USDA- National Institute of Food and Agriculture to sponsor a Master’s Thesis Award Program to be awarded at the annual AAHHE meeting in March as well as sponsor a Career Preparation Institute.
The Cultivar Project is innovative in its synergistic approach to combining award programs, graduate fellows programs, mentoring programs, career preparation institutes, and internships. The program is intended to nurture 50 individuals, over the course of two years, from a graduate degree program to the doctoral and or workplace program with emphasis on preparing the professionals for their career.
This project is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-38422—30816 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.