USDA's Chief Scientist Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Catherine Woteki Friday joined Twitter users to field questions on USDA's role in agricultural science education.
The Twitter chat is part of USDA's new efforts to increase science, technology, engineering and math – also known as STEM – education for students. Woteki answered questions about what USDA is doing to increase STEM opportunities. Woteki's answers are denoted with "^CEW"
Here's a look at Friday's Twitter chat:
If we plan to feed 9B ppl by 2050, we need to train the next gen of scientists. It starts w/ #STEM foundation. ^CEW #studyagscience
Q1: What is the level of provision for technical and academic training in the USA? UK is very poor #StudyAgScience
A1: Land grant univ's in all 50 states and territories offer undergrad majors in #Ag sciences. MS & PhD programs too. ^CEW #StudyAgScience
Q2: @scienceatusda Is there a one stop shop where students can find #studyagscience internships/jobs/scholarships?
A2: Yes, one-stop shop for internships and jobs can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads ^CEW #StudyAgScience
Q3: How can we really help increase interest in #STEM and a next generation of scientists? #studyagscience
A3: Secret to getting kids interested in #STEM - catch them early. @4H kids more likely 2 go 2 college & study science.^CEW #StudyAgScience
Q4: Promo potential? Can ARS+LGUs offr ed opps 4 promising ARS tech staff 2 mv up 2 scientist rank, so ARS tech= a great career? #StudyAgScience
A4: Yes, see plan to boost animal ag research @ LGUs by reading action plan at www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=OCS ^CEW #StudyAgScience
Read a true story about how #ag science degrees pay off on the @USDA blog, blogs.usda.gov/2013/08/20/the… ^CEW #StudyAgScience
My story: In school, I was 1 of few women in all my science classes. Lesson learned: follow your passion. ^CEW #StudyAgScience
Our @USDA science agencies have resources for every grade level, K-12, and higher ed also. ^CEW #StudyAgScience
Q5: @scienceatusda What are the most popular careers in #ag science today? #StudyAgScience
A5: Genetics, genomics, plant breeding are among the top areas where #jobs are for grads with #ag science degrees. ^CEW #StudyAgScience
For younger students, @USDA_ARS Science 4 Kids page has many activities for budding scientists. go.usa.gov/jSX4 ^CEW #StudyAgScience
Q6: #StudyAgScience What does #USDA have 4 teachers looking to help #STEM students in the classroom? Thx for ny info that would be helpful!
A6: @USDA_NIFA programs like @4H & Ag in the Classroom. More info here: go.usa.gov/jSZx go.usa.gov/jSZH ^CEW #StudyAgScience
Thanks, everyone! Keep up with what @scienceatusda does by reading @USDA blog every Science Tuesday. ^CEW #StudyAgScience