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DENIN Environmental Scholars


Clickable image from a video about the Environmental Scholars programThe DENIN Environmental Scholars Program is a paid undergraduate research internship opportunity focused on environmental topics that provides interested students with a sustained research experience over the academic year. Scholars work with faculty research mentors at the University of Delaware who have agreed to provide a research experience. 

Applications are accepted early in the fall semester. University of Delaware undergraduate students from any major may apply; however, the focus of the research internship must be environmentally relevant. Students in the natural, physical, or social sciences and humanities are eligible to apply. Students with an interest in climate, sea level rise, water quality, land use, soil contamination and remediation, environmental sensing and monitoring, economics, ethics, environmental justice, environmental history, or environmental policy are especially encouraged to apply. All applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be current sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

Scholars' research projects are carried out during the fall, winter, and spring semesters. Fall and spring semesters are a part-time commitment, and winter session is considered a full-time commitment for five weeks. In addition to research, DENIN Scholars will also have opportunities to attend workshops in career development and effective communication as well as occasional field trips or social events. Scholars present the results of their work at a student symposium in the spring. Click on the image above to hear what the 2014 Environmental Scholars had to say about their research and the program.

Applications are now open for the 2016–17 academic year! See this UDaily article for more information and access the online application here.

Schedule of Events

October 7 — Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are due at 5:00 p.m.
Novemeber 1 — Work begins for this year's DENIN Scholars

Meet the 2015–16 DENIN Environmental Scholars

Photo of Rachael Allan Rachael Allan
Major: Biochemistry
Mentor: Donald Sparks
Topic: Mobility and toxicity of hexavalent chromium
Photo of Daniel Awokuse Daniel Awokuse
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Kent Messer
Topic: Encouraging farmers to adopt conservation practices on organic soils
Photo of Laura Culp Laura Culp
Major: Energy & Environmental Policy
Mentor: Lawrence Agbemabiese
Topic: Climate science and sustainable development
Photo of Tim D'agostina Timothy D'Agostino
Major: Environmental Engineering
Mentors: Dan Cha
Topic: Investigation of microbial interactions with zero valent iron systems for nutrient removal
Photo of Alyssa Givens Alyssa Givens
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Donald Sparks
Topic: Evaluations of arsenic bioavailability in orchard soils contaminated with lead arsenate
Photo of Amelia Harrison Amelia Harrison
Major: Ecology & Marine Science
Mentor: Eric Wommack
Topic: Fine-scale temporal changes in estuarine virioplankton population dynamics
Photo of Kara Hoppes Kara Hoppes
Major: Environmental Science & Geological Sciences
Mentor: Clara Chan
Topic: Microbial formed iron-oxide sand coatings within groundwater systems
Photo of Thomas Keane Thomas Keane
Major: Chemistry
Mentors: Joel Rosenthal
Topic: Electrochemical CO2 conversion for energy storage purposes
Photo of Dianna Kitt Dianna Kitt
Major: Environmental Engineering
Mentor: Julie Maresca
Topic: Alkaline phosphatase activity in bacteria isolated from ultra-oligotrophic Lake Matano
Photo of Adriel Lazaro Adriel Lazaro
Major: Civil Engineering
Mentor: Michael Chajes
Topic: Developing a model for sustainable bridges
Photo of Jose Lopez Jose Lopez
Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentors: Prasad Dhurjati
Topic: Identifying and understanding the kinetics and byproducts of coal-to-methane conversion in termite microbes
Photo of Jessica Mann Jessica Mann
Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Angelia Seyfferth
Topic: Arsenic speciation in rice
Photo of Zachary Niklaus Zachary Niklaus
Major: Energy & Environmental Policy
Mentor: Ismat Shah
Topic: Genomic sequencing and analysis of two nitrogen-fixing bacterial symbionts of soybean
Photo of Nicole Place Nicole Place
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Eric Wommack
Topic: Genomic sequencing and analysis of two nitrogen-fixing bacterial symbionts of soybean
Photo of Kaitlynn Ritchie Kaitlynn Ritchie
Major: Environmental Studies
Mentor: Kent Messer
Topic: Examing defaults and social comparisons in a conservation contract auction on nutrient management practices
Photo of Kimberly Rivera Kimberly Rivera
Major: Environmental Studies
Mentor: Jeffrey Buler
Topic: Bird density and conservation by weather radar
Photo of Jillian Silverman Jillian Silverman
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Mentor: Kelly Cobb
Topic: Rethinking solutions for reducing textile waste in landfills
Photo of Desek Somasundara Gnanadesika Somasundara
Major: Energy & Environmental Policy, Environmental Engineering
Mentor: Lawrence Agbemabiese
Topic: Practical solutions to controlling the effects of climate change in developing nations
Photo of Alison Treglia Alison Treglia
Major: Environmental Engineering & Music
Mentor: Julie Maresca
Topic: Investigating the function of carotenoid pigments in tolerating oxidative stress in concrete microbes
Photo of Kathryn Wheeler Kathryn Wheeler
Major: Environmental Science
Mentor: Delphis Levia
Topic: Relationships between light reflectance spectrums, nitrogen resorption, and leaf leachates in fall leaves
Photo of Stephanie Miles Stephanie Miles
Major: Energy & Environmental Policy
Mentor: Phil Cherry, DNREC
Topic: Developing environmental indicators for Delaware