DENIN Environmental Scholars

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The DENIN Scholars present their research projects at a symposium held each year in May.

The DENIN Environmental Scholars Program is a paid undergraduate research internship that provides interested students with a sustained environmental research experience during the academic year. Scholars work with faculty research mentors at the University of Delaware. Students may select from the projects shown on this page. The broad theme of the opportunities relates to water in our changing coastal environment.

For the 2018-2019 Academic year, internships will begin on January 7, 2019, and end on May 10, 2019.  Students make a full-time commitment to work on a project during Winter Session 2019, and work part-time during Spring Semester 2019.

University of Delaware undergraduate students from any major may apply. The research project descriptions below specify any coursework or prerequisites for the opportunity. In addition to research, DENIN Scholars are also required 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 May 2019.

All applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be current sophomores, juniors, or seniors. 

How to Apply:

Students who are interested in applying should review the published opportunities below. You may select a first choice and second choice project. To apply, go to:

Please note that the application requires one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or another person who can comment on your experience, education, and suitability for a DENIN Environmental Scholar research project. The online application system will ask you for the name and email of your reference, and will send a request to that person by email. Please contact your reference in advance, to see if they are able to provide a letter.

Students with questions about the DENIN Scholars program or the application process should contact Dr. Yolanda Williams-Bey at DENIN.


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How to Apply:

  1. Students should prepare a letter of interest and resume, and email to Dr. Yolanda Williams-Bey, Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN). The letter of interest should outline why the project is compelling, and how the work might align with the student’s future educational or career interests.  
  2. One letter of reference, from a faculty member is also required. The letter of reference should outline the student’s potential to carry out undergraduate research. Faculty should email their letters of reference directly to Yolanda Williams-Bey, Delaware Environmental Institute.  
  3. Applications are due May 1, 2019.


Current funded Projects:

Carbon chemistry in permafrost environments under changing climate

Computer Programming for Economic Experiments

Development of sensors and analytical methods for inorganic carbon and nutrient monitoring and research in the Delaware Bay and Inland Bays and other environments.

Enhancing Farmers’ Adoption of Decision Support Tools to Improve Irrigation Management in Delaware

Experimental economics study of groundwater management

Evaluating How NYC “Wait” Pilot Program Inspires and Induces Behavioral Change

Remote sensor data logging for coastline environmental sensors

Social Networks and Oyster Consumption

The chemistry of legacy phosphorus in US Mid-Atlantic agricultural soils