CANR Summer Institute

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 10 – August 16, 2019. 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Benson, CANR Summer Institute Faculty Coordinator at  To apply, visit the application process page at deadline was March 1, 2019. This application period is currently closed.


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).

Read about their projects here.