A national training conference is held annually where more than 1,000 members meet to discuss issues and concerns regarding diversity in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. Included are workshop sessions, research presentations, student competitions, and keynote addresses by prominent leaders and a career fair where employers meet with students and young professionals to discuss internship and employment opportunities.


MANRRS Junior Competitions take place at our Fall Regional Clusters and Annual National Conference. These competitions showcase members’ written and oral communication skills in completing essays, speeches, and the design of innovative poster projects.


REGIONAL MEETINGS (5-6 per year)

Regional meetings focus on professional and leadership development of students. The respective student Vice President in each of the six regions coordinates these activities. Meetings are attended by top industry and government professionals. MANRRS has developed a network and partnerships with a number of private companies and government agencies to offer scholarships, internships, cooperative training experiences, and professional development opportunities.


The AgriTREK/SciTREK Summer Institute and AgDiscovery Summer Program are two-week residential programs held at various 1862 and 1890 institutions that create an awareness of the educational opportunities that are available in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mathematics (STEAM) and related areas through hands-on research, leadership development, and personal enrichment activities. Though similar in their mission and goals, these two programs represent two distinct opportunities for individuals interesting in learning more about agriculture and related careers. Click here to learn more.


Junior MANRRS Leadership Institutes

The Junior MANRRS Leadership Institutes are programs designed to engage underrepresented high school students and promote careers in agriculture, natural resources and other related STEM disciplines at an earlier age and introduce them to corporate and federal partners. In MANRRS, these programs are coordinated with MANRRS Affiliate Partners and Collegiate Chapters – Colleges of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. The objectives for Junior MANRRS are to:

  • Increase high school graduation rates for minority students in the Junior MANRRS umbrella.
  • Increase college enrollment rates for  students through direct exposure to the land-grant system and mentorship opportunities via collegiate MANRRS members.
  • Dispel the "myths of agriculture"
  • Improve diversity in underrepresented areas of agriculture and related sciences.
  • Expose underrepresented high school students to important "soft skills" (i.e. leadership, public speaking, professionalism etc.)
  • Expose underrepresented high school students to applied research and give them an opportunity to present at regional and national conferences.


Being a MANRRS Member will allow you to experience the overall objective of the Society which is to promote and implement initiatives which foster inclusion and advancement of members of ethnic/cultural groups underrepresented in agricultural and natural resource sciences and related fields in all phases of career preparation and participation in these areas.

  • Helps foster leadership
  • Builds career networks
  • Interaction with life science professionals
  • Preferred access to jobs and internships
  • Access to the members-only area of


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