The CULTIVAR (Connecting Underrepresented Latinos To Integrate Values and Academic Resources) was a project that addressed the needs of outstanding, underrepresented students and prepared them for enhancing the Nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. It identified, selected, and cultivated master's degree level students in food and agricultural sciences disciplines through an outstanding thesis award competition that focused on the USDA priority areas of Food Safety, Climate Change, Sustainable Energy & Childhood Obesity.
Fifty fellows, including the thesis award winners, participated in the Career Preparation Institute. They networked with senior faculty researchers and USDA agency representatives and created a leadership plan focused on developing human capital relevant to meeting the USDA labor force needs.
CULTIVAR has now become CAMINOS and responsibilty for the thesis competition and the Career Preparation Institute is now with Texas State University along with the USDA-NIFA and AAHHE. There are links to the updated information in the sidebar.