UK Ag Biotech Day introduces high school students to agriculture careers

Scheduled for July 22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 5, 2017) —  The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting UK Ag Biotech Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 22. The free event introduces high school students to career opportunities in agriculture.

Ag Biotech students in Dr. Joe Chappell's lab class in the plant science building.
Ag Biotech students in Dr. Joe Chappell’s lab class in the plant science building.

The event includes a tour of UK agriculture research labs. A representative from the college’s agricultural and medical biotechnology degree program will present information on opportunities to study agricultural biotechnology at UK.

“At this event, we will have participating researchers who are using the biotechnology toolbox to fight invasive insects, improve soil quality, restore damaged forests and learn about the basic biology of plants — a great diversity of different areas of study and important applications,” said Ellen Crocker, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Forestry, who is one of the event coordinators.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will lead the laboratory tours and undergraduates majoring in agriculture and medical biotechnology will be on hand to answer questions.

Any parent, guardian or teacher who wants to learn about careers in biotechnology is also welcome to attend.

Registration forms and more information are online at www.tinyurl.com/UKBiotechDay. Information about UK’s agricultural and medical biotechnology program can be found at https://abt.ca.uky.edu/home.

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