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Eligibility Requirements

Alabama A&M University welcomes applications from students attending 4-year colleges.  Priority will be given to students who are first generation college students, non-traditional students returning to school, and students from ethnic groups that are under-represented in the sciences. Accepted applicants may need to make arrangements with their home university to take final exams early in order to be on the Alabama A&M University campus for orientation. Before you apply, read the following list of pre-qualifications. 

You must:

  1. Be interested in pursuing an advanced degree (Master or PhD) in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) related fields upon completing your bachelors degree.

  2. Have a desire to travel overseas and experience a new culture​. This is of utmost importance. The degree to which you embrace your cultural experience will affect (either positively or negatively) the entire group's international experience. Positivity and openness are of utmost importance.

  3. Have some lab and/or field experience, and some statistical knowledge.

  4. Have your undergraduate mentor vouch for your experiences and personality.

  5. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled as sophomore or junior in an undergraduate degree program and who will return to your studies in Fall 2017.

  6. Be in good physical condition. There will be a lot of walking in China, and you must be able to keep up with the group, walk up and down lots of stairs, as well as be able to walk your luggage up to or exceeding one mile. Unfortunately, China is not a wheelchair accessible country, and would be difficult for a variety of physical handicaps (though not all - if you are interested and are handicapped, please inquire!).

  7. Possess a valid driver's licence.

  8. Possess a U.S. Passport with at least 12 months until expiration​.

  9. Have a current GPA of 3.0 or above​.


The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (grant No. 2009-51160-05462 and No. 2013-38821-21250)


The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is funded through the National Science Foundatio​n​  (grant #  1063101).   ​​