Envision

Envision yourself as a scientist

 

UD Envision is a five year continuation of a previously-awarded three year program, funded through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) focused on generating the next generation of Agricultural Scientists. As minorities are underrepresented in these disciplines and research target areas, this project has been developed to address this disparity. Intensive, hands-on research education and experiential learning projects help to bridge the perceptual change required for students to Envision themselves as Scientists.

With partnering institutions (Lincoln University, Delaware State University, Cheyney University, Wesley College and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore), 10 to 13 undergraduates per Summer will:

  1. Work with a faculty mentor to develop their own hypothesis-based research project,
  2. Document this project in a laboratory notebook, ePortfolio, and by creating a video summarizing the project,
  3. Present and distribute this video at the Delaware State Fair, (it will also be posted to YouTube)
  4. Make a scientific poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in August.

The summer includes training in video equipment, editing, and storytelling, ethics, laboratory, and safety trainings, and participation in camraderie-building activities.

Important dates: June 3 and will run until the Undergraduate Research Symposium on August 8 (check-out for housing will be August 9).

Applications accepted until March 15, 2024. 

Participate in Paid Summer Research at the University of Delaware:

Stipend: $4,500 for 10 weeks

Duration: 10 weeks (June 3 – August 8)

Housing: On campus Residence Hall, if needed

Name   Department Area of Research
Juzhong Tan Animal and Food Sciences Food Processing
Yihang Li Animal and Food Sciences Animal Physiology and Nutrition
Mark Parcells Animal and Food Sciences Animal Diseases or Immunology
Tanya Gressley Animal and Food Sciences Animal Physiology and Nutrition
Aditya Dutta Animal and Food Sciences Animal Physiology and Nutrition
Hong Li Animal and Food Sciences Animal Physiology and Nutrition
Alex Yitbarek Animal and Food Sciences Animal Diseases or Immunology
Peng Zhao Applied Economics and Statistics Data Analysis, Statistics and Modeling
Jennifer Peterson Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Entomology
Vincenzo Ellis Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Entomology
Jeff Buler Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Wildlife Ecology
Michael Crossley Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Entomology
Kyle McCarthy Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Wildlife Ecology
Chris Williams Other Sustainability
Alex Huddell Plant and Soil Sciences Environmental Studies
Qi Mu Plant and Soil Sciences Plant Breeding and Genomics
Erin Sparks Plant and Soil Sciences Plant Molecular Biology
Qingwu Meng Plant and Soil Sciences Greenhouse and Space Crop Production
Nicole Donofrio Plant and Soil Sciences Plant molecular pathology/molecular microbiology
Harsh Bais Plant and Soil Sciences Plant Molecular Biology
Deb Jaisi Plant and Soil Sciences Soil Chemistry
Jeff Fuhrmann Plant and Soil Sciences Environmental Microbiology
Angelia Seyfferth Plant and Soil Sciences Soil Chemistry
Abby Reeves Plant and Soil Sciences Vegetable Production

Over the summer, ten to thirteen students take part in a broad range of research topics, such as Animal Health and Disease, Bioenergy and the Environment, Food Safety and Microbiology, Genetics and Genomics, Physiology, Immunology and Nutrition. During their time with Envision, students will get to experience video documentation, laboratory work, and general hands-on experience as well as many other take-aways from this program. Along with laboratory safety trainings, students also attend ethics training and multi-media trainings to learn how to effectively preform and present their work, especially for the Delaware State Fair and the Undergraduate Research Program.

Meet our 2023 participants

 

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302-831-0114

Dr. Mark Parcells
Professor
Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Delaware
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