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:
- Work with a faculty mentor to develop their own hypothesis-based research project,
- Document this project in a laboratory notebook, ePortfolio, and by creating a video summarizing the project,
- Present and distribute this video at the Delaware State Fair, (it will also be posted to YouTube)
- 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.