Your Journey Begins Here

STARTNOW is a United States Department of Agriculture National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) competitive funded program to the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Texas A&M University Kingsville (TAMUK) as lead and University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM), Florida International University (FIU), and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) as collaborative institutions. This grant specifically targets the education of undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic background at 4-year Universities to equip them with the knowledge base and expertise needed to lead and succeed in the continuously evolving agricultural field.

One program , many opportunities

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Learning in Soil Science, Plant Science, and Environmental Science


Field-based research and demonstrative experiences


A chance to travel to Costa Rica and/or to participate in the Annual Southern Region Soil Judging Competition

Application Process

The application process consists of four (4) requirements. Please make sure to complete each one before the application deadline.

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Meet different people, cultures, traditions and landscapes. Choose your next destination with us, we will take care of the rest.


Created to develop and empower professional skills in our students. Each word is an exchange of experiences, ideas, and teachings from undergraduate students just like you.

What Students Say

“STARTNOW helped me find my way.”

Sofía Rivera, STARTNOW 2017-2018
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