College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Summer Institute

Envision Scholars posing at the University of DelawareFor Summer 2019, the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) has several internship programs for both UD and non-UD students, including Summer Institute, Cooperative Extension Summer Scholars, and ENVISION. The programs offer excellent laboratory and field research and service-learning opportunities for students. Descriptions of each program are listed below.

Summer Institute

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 ten-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 10-week 2019 Summer Institute will be held on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, Delaware.  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, visit the Summer Institute website or contact Dr. Eric Benson, CANR Summer Institute Faculty Coordinator at ebenson@udel.edu. To apply, visit the application process page.  Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2019.

Cooperative Extension Summer Scholars

The Cooperative Extension Summer Scholar Program is for current University of Delaware undergraduate and graduate students. Selected scholars will be paired with Cooperative Extension personnel to work on a project in line with Cooperative Extension’s mission to connect university knowledge, research, and resources with the public to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs.

During the summer scholar session, students will follow Cooperative Extension’s service learning model, implemented through one of extension’s four program areas: 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, lawn and garden, and agriculture and natural resources.  The summer scholar session will take place June 9 to Aug. 14, 2019. Scholars will receive a stipend for their participation.

Interested students are encouraged to apply before the application deadline of Feb. 8, 2019. Applicants will be invited to meet with the selection committee. Selected scholars will be notified of their acceptance into the program prior to spring break.

For information and the application link, visit the Cooperative Extension website or contact Alison Brayfield at alisonb@udel.edu or 302-831-2504.

Unique Strengths Undergraduate Research Internships

Through the generosity of our donors, the CANR Unique Strengths summer undergraduate research internship program will provide support for a 10-week undergraduate research internship experience with a CANR faculty member.  The CANR Unique Strengths encompass five research areas:

  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Mitigation of and adaptation to climate change
  • A “one health” approach to animal, plant, human and ecosystems;
  • Sustainable food systems, landscapes and ecosystems; and
  • The human dimensions of agriculture and natural resources

Eligible undergraduates must be nominated by a CANR faculty member. Once nominated, each nominee will need to provide a brief personal statement articulating how the internship experience with the nominating faculty member will serve their longer-term career goals and interests. Nominees must also provide a transcript (unofficial is ok) and a description of their prior research experiences (if, applicable).

Interns will receive a $4,250 stipend and $750 for laboratory supplies. At the conclusion of their fellowship experience, undergraduate interns are expected to present a poster at the annual summer undergraduate research symposium, typically held on the second Thursday of August. A total of ten undergraduate research internships will be awarded across the five CANR unique strength groups. Nominations will open on Jan. 14, 2019 and will close on Feb. 28, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance the week of Mar. 18th, 2019.

Eligibility requirements
  • Undergraduate nominees only.
  • Nominee must be advised by a CANR faculty member who has aligned with a CANR Unique Strength group.
  • A CANR faculty member may nominate up to two students.
  • Priority given to students graduating in 2021 or later or students graduating in 2020 who have prior research experience.
  • Priority given to students who have already participated in an undergraduate research experience.

ENVISION

Envision is a three-year undergraduate research experience funded through the USDA 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 was developed to address this disparity.

With partnering institutions (Lincoln University, Delaware State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore), at minimum of ten undergraduates will work with project investigators to develop their own hypothesis-based research project, document this using video production training, and present on this work at both public (Delaware State Fair) and scientific (UD Symposium) audiences. The summer includes training in video equipment, editing and storytelling, industry trips, laboratory and safety training, and participation in team-building activities.

Participants will be paired with faculty members in the areas of Animal Health and Disease; Bioenergy and the Environment; Food Microbiology and Safety; Genetics and Genomics; or Physiology, Immunology, and Animal Nutrition based on student interest and faculty availability.

Students from the University of Delaware and the list partner institutions are encouraged to apply.  The ten-week, 2019 ENVISION program will be held on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, Delaware. Students will each received a $4,000 stipend for personal and food expenses and can be provided on campus housing by request.

Contact Dr. Mark Parcells, Animal and Food Sciences Faculty Coordinator at parcells@udel.edu.

To apply, visit the application process page. Applications will be accepted through Mar. 18, 2019.