The George Washington Carver Research Program is a recruitment initiative to identify superior graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions for selected undergraduate internship positions.
Willyerd Collier, Founder
In 1998, a total of nine undergraduate students from Southern University and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff completed summer internships in Agriculture. In 1999, six undergraduate students from Southern University and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff completed internships in Agriculture. That same year, the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the College of Education and Health Professions agreed to support Carver interns from Alcorn State University, Tougaloo College, and Jackson State University.
In 2001, internships in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Poultry Science, and Micro Electronics Photonics were added and Dillard University, Xavier University, and Prairie View A&M University joined the program as partner institutions. Since its creation, the Carver program has continued to gain momentum. In 2005, four new partnerships were established: Mississippi Valley State University (MS), Langston University (OK), Lincoln University (PA), and New Mexico Highlands University (NM) the first Hispanic Serving Institution. The program was also extended to 8 weeks and the intern stipend increased. To date, there are 27 HBCUs and HSIs participating in the program.