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Horticultural Science Summer Institute

Horticultural Science Summer Institute

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The 2017 Horticultural Science Summer Institute is July 9-14th on the campus of NC State University. The application for the 2017 Institute is now open, please apply at

High school students are invited to spend a week trying North Carolina State University on for size, while exploring the many facets of the Department of Horticultural Science.  The HSSI students will live in a campus residence hall, experience campus dining, and participate in workshops designed to engage them to the many career opportunities within horticulture. Youth will have hands-on opportunities to explore breeding better fruits and vegetables, growing a diverse selection of woody ornamentals, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production and design practices and delving into practical tools that enhance our understanding of plant processes. Students will have the unique opportunity to visit NC farms, markets, greenhouses and gardens.  Youth will also explore college-making decisions and leadership development and enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities. The camp provides an close-knit forum for students across the state (and country) to gather together and broaden their interest and knowledge about horticulture and NC State.

The cost of the institute will be $550 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. All lodging, workshop materials and field trips and most meals are provided. Scholarships may be available. Applications are due Friday, April 15th, 2017 and notification of acceptance will follow shortly thereafter.  If you have any questions, please contact Liz Driscoll at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or cell: (919) 886-3424 office (919) 513-7346.

Read all about the inaugural (2012) Horticultural Science Summer Institute!

students cross pollinating petunias

taking cuttings

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NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Program Files

For a preview of the horticultural adventures that await, download the schedule from last summer (2016) here. View PDF

Please apply online, but download the application and mail it in if you prefer.View PDF

Download this flyer for print or digital distribution.View PDF

Download this brochure for a colorful description of the HSSI program. Feel free to hand out to interested youth!View PDF