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An ultra-bright future: UD grad students benefit from research at national laboratories

An ultra-bright future:  UD grad students benefit from research at national laboratories

Graduate students in soil and environmental chemistry at the University of Delaware have logged an unusual record of success in gaining access to some of the most advanced scientific equipment in the world at national laboratories around the country.

That access has been a key learning experience and a top selling point when the students graduate and head into the job market, according to Donald Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair of Plant and Soil Sciences and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute.

Sparks has been instrumental in building the soil science program at UD and has served as an adviser to 52 graduate students and 25 postdoctoral researchers in soil and environmental chemistry. With his mentorship, students in his research group have frequently traveled to a number of national labs including Brookhaven, Lawrence-Berkeley, and Argonne, as well as the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, the Swiss Light Source, and the Canadian Light Source. (full article)