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Benefits of FaST

Nathan levels the camera for the mispherical photographs of the forest canopy.

USDA Priority Need Areas Addressed:

  1. Strengthen institutional educational capacities.
  2. Attract and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups.
  3. Facilitate cooperative initiatives between two or more Hispanic Serving Institutions, or between Hispanic-Serving Institutions and units of State government or the private sector.

Expected Impact/Beneficiaries


  • vital training and mentorship
  • professional networking opportunities
  • culture of empirical research and grant development
  • opportunities to present papers at national conferences and publish research
  • provide critical elements in the development of their Vitae and/or resumes
  • graduate as qualified and highly skilled agricultural and environmental researchers.

Faculty mentors

  • enhance own research by working with state-of-the-art equipment and resources not available at their home institutions
  • expand their own research collaborations
  • enhance their student advising and mentoring skills.

Participating Hispanic Serving Institutes

  • research programs and training capacity strengthened
  • faculty impact to agricultural and environmental education will be reflected in their teaching methodologies and course content, in research publications, and of possible new course offerings
  • faculty participants will bring current and relevant USDA key research objectives directly into today's classrooms.

Host labs and field stations

  • will advance their own research projects with the aid of HSI guest scientists
  • strengthen collaborative ties to HSI institutions
  • bring underrepresented Hispanics directly into the intellectual endeavors of the USDA.