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In partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources & Environment, MAOP provides support to the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student chapter at Virginia Tech.

MANRRS seeks to promote careers in Agriculture, Natural Sciences and other related Sciences by:

  • Encourging research and its dissemination by undergraduate and graduate students
  • Encouraging scholarly achievement and excellence among members
  • Recruiting and retaining minorities into professions
  • Informing students about international, national, state and local trends
  • Providing a local and national network of support for students enrolled in agriculture, natural sciences, and related sciences

Activities: Regional and national conferences, tours of research labs, first-year student mentoring, social gatherings, fund raising, holiday get-togethers, and community service (examples such as the Christiansburg Institute and local area schools).

MANRRS welcomes membership regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political affiliation, age or sexual orientation.

A Historical Perspective on MANRRS

MANRRS was started by a small group of minority students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Their visit to Pennsylvania State University in 1985 influenced the formation of a similar campus organization at that institution. Out of this alliance, the first Leadership Conference of Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources was held at Michigan State in 1986. 

In 1988 the name Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) was adapted, a formal constitution accepted and the first set of national officers were elected.

Since that time, MANRRS has evolved to include over 50 universities and over 1000 student members. The National conference is held annually and it provides students the opportunity to interact and network with other students, university faculty members, professionals in their field, and others.

The Virginia Tech Chapter had the honor of hosting the 1999 National conference, at which there were over 900 registered participants. To learn more about the National MANRRS effort, visit


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VT MANRRS Officers

2013-2014 Officers

Rodney Johns, President

Sade Moore, Vice President

Vacant, Secretary

Byron Hayes, Treasurer

Jody Thompson, Advisor

Lauren Harris, Advisor

Carola Haas, Co-Advisor

Chapter Updates

MANRRS Regional Cluster Meeting

November 9-10, 2013

Blacksburg, VA