Summer program introduces multicultural students to Iowa State and Iowa agriculture

August 2, 2019

Exploring Iowa State University and touring Iowa’s agricultural sector is what students in the Academic Program for EXcellence (APEX) do the summer before their first year on campus.

The eight-week academic program is designed to assist incoming multicultural first-year students transition into Iowa State. Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky, multicultural liaison officer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, worked with APEX coordinators Eboni Adderley, who graduated in May in animal science, and Esperanza Moothart, a junior in global resource systems, to plan and implement activities for the students participating in the program.

The students said the experiences have prepared them for classes this fall.

Our Malcolm St Cyr, from Senegal in Africa, said the program is helping him transition into an educational system that’s different from where he grew up.

“I was born in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Senegal. I had several offers from universities and I decided this would be the best place for me,” St Cyr said. “My goal is to help farmers get more profit from less land.”

Eboni Adderley, the graduate helping with the program, said the experience has helped her develop professionally and prepare for graduate school in extension education this fall. 

“This has given me head start on how to guide students. After every tour we meet and do a debriefing session to discuss what they have learned and that has helped me in my professional development,” Adderley said.

The program offers eight credits of free tuition. High school seniors can apply for the program through


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