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Envision yourself as a scientist


Envision is a three-year undergraduate research experience 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, 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. The last experience began June 9 and ran through August 16, 2019.

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Participate in Paid Summer Research at the University of Delaware:

Stipend:                                   $ 4,000 for 10 weeks

Duration:                                  10 weeks (June 9 – August 16)

Housing:                                  On campus Residence Hall (Ray Street Complex)

Areas of Research Participating Faculty (Summer 2019)
Animal Health and Disease Drs. Brannick, Keeler and Parcells
Bioenergy and the Environment Drs. Benson and Li
Food Microbiology and Safety Drs. Kniel, Joerger and Wu
Genetics and Genomics Drs. Abasht, Biddle, and Schmidt
Physiology, Immunology and Nutrition Drs. Dutta, Gressley and Li

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 2019 participants



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