Summer Institute

 Kishana Williamson was advised by Dr. Jacob Bowman in UD’s Dept. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology in 2009
Kishana Williamson was advised by Dr. Jacob Bowman in UD’s Dept. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology in 2009.

Due to the unprecedented public health situation of COVID-19 and UD's commitment to the health and safety of our community, the CANR Summer Institute 2020 program has been canceled. Please check back in the future for details about the 2021 application process.

An undergraduate summer research experience


The University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UD CANR) is offering summer research and education experiences to undergraduates (both UD and non-UD students) who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the agricultural, natural resources, or life sciences. During the 9-week Summer Institute, students will be paired with CANR researchers on projects that will provide “real-world” experiences in scientific careers.  Participants have the opportunity to develop a project, collect and analyze data, and present their results at a campus wide summer symposium.  Participation in the Summer Institute is awarded through a competitive application process and freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are encouraged to apply. The Summer Institute seeks diversity among its participants and thus particularly encourages student applicants who are from groups that are underrepresented in the nation’s scientific or agricultural workforce.  The Summer Institute encourages applicants from other colleges and universities to apply.

The Summer Institute will be held on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, Delaware from June 8 – August 14, 2020. Students will each receive a $4,000 stipend for personal and food expenses and can be reimbursed (up to $500) for round-trip travel to participate in the program. Additionally, housing and/or parking permit costs will be covered if students live in University residence halls or need to have a car on campus.

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2020.  Please go to

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Students who participated in the 2018 Summer Institute were Nikhil Chari (University of California – Berkeley), Victoria Dortenzio (University of Delaware), Gisselle Garcia (University of Delaware), Susannah Halligan (University of Delaware), and Tynasia Milfort (St. Augustine’s University).

Nikhil Chari was advised by Dr. Angelia Seyfferth in UD’s Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences.
School:  University of California – Berkeley / Major: chemical biology
Project: Impacts of Silicon on Arsenic Dynamics in Flooded Rice Paddy Soil

Victoria Dortenzio was advised by Dr. Carl Schmidt in UD’s Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences.
School:  UD / Major: pre-veterinary animal biosciences
Project: HyLine Layers

Gisselle Garcia was advised by Dr. Amy Biddle in UD’s Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences.
School: UD / Major: pre-veterinary animal biosciences
Project: An In Vitro Analysis of the Effects of Firocoxib on the Equine Gastric Microbiome

Susannah Halligan was advised by Dr. Jeff Buler in UD’s Dept. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.
School: UD / Major: wildlife ecology
Project: The Delaware Waterfowl Tracker

Tynasia Milfort was advised by Dr. Mark Parcells in UD’s Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences.
School: St. Augustine’s University  / Major: biology
Project: Cloning and Expression of the Chicken LRRFIP1 Homolog and Its Role in Innate Sensing of Marek’s Disease Virus (MDV) Infection

Students selected for the 2017 program were Mikaela Carty, Alexandra Cole, Darielle Lewis-Sanders, Danielle Mikolajewski, and Briana Young.

The following information pertains to the time of their participation in the Summer Institute.

Mikaela Carty was advised by Dr. Angelia Seyfferth in UD’s Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences.
School: Wesleyan University / Major: molecular biology and biochemistry
Changes in Si Plant Availability in Rice Paddy Soil Due to Rice Residue Incorporation and Three Years of Rice Growth

Alexandra Cole was advised by Dr. Leah Palm-Forster in UD’s Dept. of Applied Economics and Statistics.
School: Northern Arizona University / Major: environmental science
Civic Agriculture: Finding Marketing Strategies for Community Gardens

Darielle Lewis-Sanders was advised by Dr. Calvin Keeler in UD’s Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences.
School: Spelman College / Major: biology
Cloning and Expression of Avian Genes

Danielle Mikolajewski was advised by Dr. Nicole Donofrio in UD’s Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences.
School: UD / Major: plant science / environmental soil science
Project: Disruption of the Genome of Rice Blast to Identify Genes Involved in Production of Reactive Oxygen Species

Briana Young was advised by Dr. Kalmia Kniel in UD’s Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences.
School: Central Michigan University / Major: cultural and global studies
Comparative Analysis of Multiple vs. Single Pass Filtration Techniques Using Zero-Valent Iron

Where have they gone since their time at the CANR Summer Institute?


Yaqoob Thurston (2009) In 5/2010 he was working on a MS in plant molecular genetics at Delaware State Univ.
Shakara Tyler (2009) In 2/2011 she was working on a MS in ag and resource economics at Michigan State Univ.
Kishana (Williamson) Taylor (2009) In 2/2013 she was finishing a MS in public health microbiology and emerging infectious disease at George Washington Univ. In 3/2016 she was working on a PhD in interdisciplinary biomedical sciences with a focus in disease ecology.
Rochelle Day (2010) In 2/2013 she was finishing a DVM at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Kamedra McNeil (2010) In 5/2012, she completed a BS in molecular biology. In early 2014 she finished a MS degree in computer information with a concentration in forensic sciences. In 11/2014 she was working for the US Dept of Forensic Science as a forensic science technician.
Shurnevia Strickland (2010) In 5/2011 she was finishing a MS in animal science with UD CANR-ANFS’s Dr. Carl Schmidt.
Stephanie Chew (2011) By 2/2013 she had done two internships with Dupont that led to her working within Health and Nutrition R&D at Dupont’s Waukesha, WI site. In 9/2015 she started a MS in animal biology at UC-Davis.
Bianca Morales (2011) In 11/2014 she was working for American Energy Corporation as a commercial and residential energy auditor.
Walker Jones (2012) In 7/2015 he completed a MS in agricultural and natural resource economics with UD CANR-APEC’s Dr. Kent Messer. In 6/2016 he started working as an agricultural marketing specialist for USDA-GIPSA in Aurora, CO.
Bianca Riddick (2012) In 5/2016 she completed a MS in plant pathology with UD CANR-PLSC’s Dr. Nicole Donofrio.
Colleen McClatchy (2013) In 5/2014 she completed her BS in Chemistry then took a job with Agilent Technologies.
Shyanne Miller (2013) In 5/2017 she completed a MA in sustainable development from SIT (School for International Training) Graduate Institute (Vermont). Her specialization is policy advocacy and analysis. She has also worked with the Rodel Foundation of Delaware as policy fellow.
Michelle Paukett (2014) In 5/2015 she completed two BS degrees as well as a minor, all from UD CANR, then started a MS at Texas A&M Univ.
Simone Jimenez (2015) In 9/2017 she was working as a Biological Science Aid for USDA Subtropical Horticulture Research Station, Miami, FL.