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FAST-REEU Fellowships

Future Agriculture and Science Taskforce— Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (FAST—REEU)

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded  FAST REEU Fellowship program will provide both Native American and economically challenged students with research and educational experiences for two summers. During the first summer, students will receive research experiences at SDSU to develop a strategy for increasing competitiveness for graduate school or careers in FANH industries or teaching agriculture or science in schools. Over the subsequent second summer, they will participate in a career-oriented internship at a place of their choices. This project aligns with SDSU’s Wokini (“New Life”) initiative through opportunities to enhance research and outreach collaborations with tribes and tribal colleges. Project outcomes will address critical needs of the future STEM workforce challenges in FANH (Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences) areas with emphasis on gaining  21st Century skills.


Who Should Apply

  • U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the U.S. 
  • Native American students or students from economically challenged background
  • Current college freshman or sophomore pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the FANH (Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences) areas. 


  • Each student will receive $6,000 traineeship stipend for the first summer.
  • Housing will be made available at South Dakota State University.
  • Additional $6,000 will be provided in the second summer in lieu of industry (or academic) internship.

Program Application 

  • Deadline –  Extended to April 7, 2018

  • Click here for online application

Faculty Collaborators/Mentors

A. Tribal Relations/Outreach Area

B. Plant Health & Production Areas

C. Natural Resources and Biotechnology Areas

D. Food Chemistry & Safety Areas

E. Education, Extension and Career Development Areas

Program Contacts

  • Dr. Madhav Nepal (Program Director;
  • Dr. Rebecca Bott-Knutson (Co-PD)
  • Dr. Srinivas Janaswamy (Co-PD)
  • Dr. Febina Mathew (Co-PD)
  • Dr. Troy White (Co-PD)

This project is funded by USDA-AFRI Education Literacy Initiative (Award # 2018-67032-27712).