Pipeline for Agricultural Leaders (PALs)


The USDA/NIFA sponsored Pipeline to Ag Leaders (PALs) program aims to create a pipeline between New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Chico State to enhance access to graduate student training and competitiveness in the nations agricultural and scientific workforce.

Student success in the NMSU Animal and Range Sciences (ANRS) graduate program is attributable to the efforts of dedicated faculty who mentor and guide students through their graduate program. Student eligibility and program benefits are outlined below.


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Benefits of PALs

  • Become part of a community
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Faculty mentorship
  • Professional development opportunities 
  • Attend conferences
  • Network with scientific and professional leaders
  • Internships
  • Earn stipends
  • UG research experience



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Benefits of Mentorship

  • Dedicated research faculty provide individualized developmental objectives to increase students' research competitiveness
  • Undergraduate Students
    • Involvement in faculty-led research projects
    • Gain technical and professional competencies
    • Work closely with graduate student mentors
    • Guidance to successfully transition to graduate school or apply to job opportunities in agricultural fields
  • Graduate Students
    • Be part of a program with established excellence and graduate training
    • Conduct research with experts in Animal and Range Sciences
    • Mentor undergraduates
    • Serve as teaching assistants 



Student Eligibility

Undergraduate Students
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • A junior or senior-level student
  • Willingness to participate in a summer internship
Graduate Students
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Registration with graduate student status
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours
  • Willingness to participate in a summer internship


This project is sponsored by the USDA/NIFA Hispanic Serving Institution Education Grant Program (grant no. 2022-77040-37622)

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