2017 FAST Symposium Application

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2017 Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium 

Program Overview
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors.  There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature both include customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country.  You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually.  Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session.  Please indicate your session preference and availability in the application below.  

FAST Session I (held in conjunction with the National Teach Ag Day live festivities) 
September 20-22, 2017 
Chicago, IL  

FAST Session II (held in conjunction with the NAAE Annual Convention) 
December 5-9, 2017
Nashville, TN 

Both Sessions include 
$100 Travel Stipend (you are encouraged to seek additional travel support from your university, state agricultural educators association, FFA alumni and others) 
Lodging at host hotel for all nights (triple occupancy with other FAST participants) 
NAAE Convention Student Registration (session II only) 
Transportation to FAST events 
Some meals 
Priceless memories and resources 

Program Eligibility
1. To be eligible to apply for this program, each applicant must be:
  1. an agricultural education major that will be completing/have completed his or her junior year in/by spring 2017 at a college or university that offers a program of study in agricultural education-teacher certification track; M. Ed initial licensure majors are also eligible to apply.  
    1. Fall 2017 Juniors and sophomores are welcome to apply and may be considered depending on the applicant pool.  
  2. majoring in agricultural education with intentions to become an agriculture teacher;
  3. enrolled in an agricultural education degree program for Fall 2017 
  4. a 2017 MANRRS or NAAE student member
  5. Attendance 
    1. Session I - arrive at host hotel in Chicago no later than 3pm on Wednesday, September 20th and depart no earlier than 6pm on Friday, September 22 
    2. Session II - arrive at host hotel in Nashville no later than 8am on Tuesday, December 5th (rooms will be available Monday evening) and depart no earlier than noon on Saturday, December 9th. 
Program Application Procedure
Interested and eligible preservice teachers must complete the application below by 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, May 30th - no exceptions.  Submit early so you are not dealing with last minute technology issues.  Please check MANRRS and NAAE student member status prior to applying.  
All applications will be evaluated by the National Teach Ag Campaign. Selected applicants will be notified no later than Friday, June 9th.  A more detailed schedule of each session will be provided to selected participants.  
If you have questions, contact Ellen Thompson by email at ethompson.naae@uky.edu or by phone at 605.350.3842.
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposiums are a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) with funding support from the CHS Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, Growth Energy and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.