Geological Sciences Professor and graduate student in lab at Penny Hall researching behavior of the Earth's mantle.

Graduate Programs

The University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment provides exemplary instruction with the goal of preparing students for meaningful careers in education, research, business and government.

For more information about applying to one of our graduate programs in CEOE, please contact our Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at or learn more about the application process.

Degrees and Programs


The Ratcliffe Eco-Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

An industrial transformation is underway, where virtually everything we do needs to be reinvented so we can operate sustainably, protect the environment, and manage climate change. It is an exciting time for innovators who seek to create businesses, commercialize discoveries, and develop new products that will address these challenges.

REEF@UD provides entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and funding support for innovators with ideas, inventions, or passion to make a positive impact.

Who can become a REEF@UD Fellow?

REEF@UD is open to all UD undergraduate seniors, graduate students and postdocs who are interested in using their ingenuity to solve environmental problems. Qualified members of the community may also participate. Undergraduate students will be required to enroll in an eco-entrepreneurship practicum course during spring semester (ENTR / GEOG / GEOL / MAST 489).


The program's four-month training program emphasizes best practices and offers team-specific guidance to participants as they work to develop and refine their initial ideas. The program culminates with a pitch event wherein up to three Fellows will be selected to receive a one-year stipend, prototyping funds, and continued mentorship support to pursue their idea.

Participants will connect with a diverse set of mentors throughout and beyond the program, with expertise in entrepreneurship, business leadership, innovation, venture funding, government, environment, and more.

Up to three Fellows will be awarded 12-month fellowships, including stipend, tuition scholarship, and prototyping funds to take their idea to the next level, thanks to a generous donation from the Ratcliffe Foundation.

REEF@UD is designed to enhance current experiential learning opportunities for eco-minded students to:

  • Pursue innovation and entrepreneurship aimed at addressing environmental challenges
  • Make a positive impact on the environment now and throughout their careers
  • Prepare for eco-entrepreneurial roles in startups, established companies, enterprises, and other organizations
  • Unlock the commercialization potential of scientific discoveries and new technologies resulting from CEOE and other UD research
Prof. Asia Dowtin and undergraduate student Tianjiao Hao

REEF@UD operates as a joint project of the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment and Horn Entrepreneurship, advancing CEOE’s commitment to connecting cutting-edge science with society and Horn Entrepreneurship’s mission to empower world changers.

For more information or to apply for REEF@UD, please contact the Program Director Meg Pillsbury at


Abdul Qadir

“I am utilizing a combination of different satellite sensors for agriculture sustainability, and doing my research on improving monsoon crop mapping and studying the impact of weather variability on small, family-owned farms in India. For this, I incorporate satellite imagery with meteorological/geographic records, machine learning algorithms, and field surveys. I use satellite imagery to help farmers with anything from sowing the seeds, to raising crops, to harvesting them.”