Diversity Awareness Partnership


New to our region, but highly committed to exposing, empowering and encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in Agriculture – Biotechnology (AgBioTech), KWS has reached out to DAP to begin a new EXPLORE program with BioSTL.

According to research published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, negative socioeconomic factors continue to account for disproportionately lower numbers of racial and ethnic minorities, such as African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) training pipeline and scientific workforce. As part of efforts to make the bioscience industry in St. Louis more inclusive, Diversity Awareness Partnership, KWS, and BioSTL created the EXPLORE AgBioTech program that focuses on connecting students of color to professional mentors and developing important skills to support an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce in our region.

Students who are selected for this program will not only learn about the AgBioTech industry, but they will also learn about entrepreneurship and innovation in the field. KWS will also give students a chance to interactively find solutions to a challenge in the industry. The best part about this program is being in the offices of KWS and getting an exclusive look at the work that is done in the labs.

Why should you apply for this program?

  • As a participant in this program, your resume may include that you were a Participant of the EXPLORE AgBioTech Program at KWS. This is a sure conversation starter when it comes to interviewing for internships during college.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to network and seek information about internships and shadowing experiences with KWS. Years from now, you could follow up with a mentor from the program and you never know where that could lead you!
  • Become exposed to present and future careers within the AgBioTech industry.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Stay tuned for 2017 dates!

To apply: Return the application to Alix Johnson, Youth Programs Manager, at ajohnson@dapstl.org.

Click here to download the EXPLORE applications!


Contact Alix Johnson, Youth Programs Manager
at 314-246-3145 / ajohnson@dapstl.org.