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Seining in the Summer
Students participating in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program this summer 'wade in the water' for scientific discovery. 



CIBER hosts multiple, competitive science programs this year

Students (pictured above) participating in the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) competitive internship program use seining nets, at the direction of Mr. Anthony Jackson (second from left, DNREC – AREC), to examine organisms living in the Delaware Bay in late spring. Students (L to R): Allexander Yllanes, Jesse Gray, Connor Dixon, Michael Okoronkwo, Haaris Ali, Kyle Gillespie, Kelley Clark, Obenson Oscar, Caroline Davis and Ashley Harmon. The activities took place at Cape Henlopen State Park and also involved USDA Bioenergy (NEWBio) scholars.

REUand NEWBio students are working in the Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) laboratory in CARS. 


For nine weeks each summer, 10 students are selected to work with research mentors from DSU, Del-Tech, DE Biotechnology Institute and Wesley College in the REU program. Students learn lab techniques and bioinformatics, ethics, scientific communications skills and participate in a poster presentation.


Students in this competitive research program study plant genetics and genomics addressing both basic and applied questions.  This includes understanding plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses in order to develop molecular markers that will assist in breeding as well as understanding the genomes, transcriptomes, and epigenomes of plants. 

CIBER is a regional faculty network hub that includes Delaware State University, Wesley College, Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) and University of Delaware. The Center identifies funding and collaborative opportunities for researchers, research instrumentation training, coordinates the use and maintenance of key common research facilities at DSU and encourages integration of research and outreach activities for partner institutions.

For more information about these programs and CIBER, contact Dr. Venugopal Kalavacharla: (302) 857-6453,