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Jung-lim Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Food Microbiology and Food Safety,
Food Science Program,
Department of Human Ecology,
1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE, 19901.
Fax: (302) 857-6441

Food Microbiology Lab

College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) Tours


Schedule a tour of our CARS facilities! Visit our faculty, staff, students and academic departments.

Mr. Alex D. Meredith
CARS Recruiter
Take your first step toward the Delaware State University Hornet experience:  Tour the College of Agriculture & Related Sciences (CARS)! CARS tours give potential students the opportunity to experience our dynamic facilities, faculty, staff, and students. Tours are scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Come learn about the available majors and the CARS commitment to “Student Success.” Beyond enriching academic experiences, students can join career preparatory organizations, engage in active research projects, and participate in internships and study abroad programs.   Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Degree Programs Facilities Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility Claude E. Phillips Herbarium Hickory Hill Forage Research Farm Outreach and Research Center   Department of Human Ecology Degree Programs Facilities Foods Lab Food Microbiology Lab Nutrient Analysis Computer Lab Textiles and Apparel Studies Lab   Campus Attractions Dormitories Martin Luther King Student Center  Wellness & Recreation Center The Village Cafe   Student Testimonials   "I really enjoyed going to DSU and learning much more about aquaculture. It's a wonderful experience and Dr. McIntosh does a wonderful job of explaining and showing us how aquaponics works. If you're thinking of going to Del State this is a wonderful opportunity to learn something new." -- Ryheem, 10th Grade "I loved the variety of different activities that they had for us to do. We really got to see what we could be doing if we went to DSU."  -- G.J., 11th Grade "I want to go to school for biology and it was so neat to see all the labs that they have at Delaware State University. I also really liked that the professors seemed nice and like you could ask them anything." -- Kathryn, 12th Grade






CARS Recruiter, Mr. Alex D. Meredith

Tours available:
Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Schedule a personal or customized group tour:
Mr. Alex D. Meredith

125 Years! DSU Celebrates the Second Morrill Act

Celebrating 125 years Providing Access and Enhancing Opportunities Sen. Justin Morrill In 1890, U.S. Senator Justin Morrill crafted the Second Morrill Act to further his vision of higher education for all. This second land-grant Act became law on August 30, 1890; it improved upon the first Morrill Act of 1862 by creating institutions, like Delaware State University, for minority residents of primarily southern states who were denied admission to the publicly-funded and supported 1862 land-grant universities.  Today, DSU--and the other 18 campuses that comprise the 1890 land-grant system--continue to provide students with access to education that enhances their opportunities for future success.  Throughout 2015, the 1890 land-grant universities will commemorate 125 years of existence. Events are planned on each campus and in Washington, D.C.. Second Morrill Act 125th Anniversary  (1890 – 2015) Delaware State University Events Schedule   “Celebrating 125 Years of Access and Opportunity” 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium April 17, 8 AM – 4:30 PM Bank of America Bldg, DSU Campus Land Grant College Knowledge QR Code Scavenger Hunt April 20 – 24, 2015 DSU Student teams of 4 use smart phones to scan and correctly answer QR code questions for valuable prizes!  Each area listed below will declare one winning team on Friday, April 24.   Register by contacting your representative listed below: CAHSS –  Ms. Rhonda Thompson CARS – Mr. Alex Meredith CEHPP –  Ms. Michele Rush CMNST – Ms. Faith Woodard COB –  Mr. Johnie Burton UNIVERSITY COLLEGE –  Mr. Chester Boyd INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Mrs. Candace Moore   Proclamation Day Come celebrate with us as Gov. Jack Markell Proclaims April 20 – 24, 2015 “Delaware 1890 Land-Grant University Week” April 21, 11:15 AM – Noon (time change) MLK Student Center, DSU Campus City of Dover proclamation to be presented as well 1890 Land-Grant Past, Present and Future: A Time to Reflect with Joe Madison National Host, The Joe Madison Show, SiriusXM Satellite Radio Civil Rights Activist April 22, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. MLK Student Center, DSU Campus 1890 Day Wellness Walk  (held at each of 19 land-grant campuses) April 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. DSU campus route Support DSU student scholarships! Take 1,890 steps with DSU’s Approaching Storm Marching Band!! Start and finish at 1890 Day Carnival tent! $18.90 registration fee!  Students walk for $1.89!! REGISTER NOW Registration includes a commemorative T-shirt!   followed by: 1890 Day Carnival! Ball courts between Wellness Center and MLK Student Center Cool down with cool sounds, snacks, fun and games! National 1890 Land-Grant Celebration Week of July 13 Washington, DC Events include: 1890s on the Hill, 1890 land-grant university exhibits, Madison Building (July 15) Convocation, Library of Congress (July 16) “Celebrating 125 Years of Providing Access, Enhancing Opportunities” The Need to Go Back to the Future Dr. Carolyn Brooks, Executive Director Association of Research Directors (1890 Land Grant Universities) September 3, 11 a.m. EH Theater, DSU Campus “Make Your Mark On The World”   The Hon. Suzan Johnson Cook Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom September 24, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MLK Student Center, Parlor C     For more information:

Second Morrill Act
125th Anniversary

Steering Committee

Dr. Dyremple Marsh, Chair*
Dean, CARS

Ms. Troy Darden, Co-Chair*

Dr. Marikis Alvarez*

Dr. Rebecca Batson*
William C. Jason Library

Dr. Stacy Downing
Student Affairs

Dr. Albert Essel*

Mr. Carlos Holmes
Public Relations

Mr. Brandon Maddox
Integrated Marketing

Ms. Jacquelyn Malcolm
Integrated Marketing

Ms. Chandra Owens
USDA Liaison Officer

Mr. Victor Santos
Government Relations

Dr. Clytrice Watson

*Denotes national committee member

We celebrate the accomplishments of Delaware State University and the 1890 Land-Grant System! Our rich legacy of teaching, research and extension guides us today and into the future.

Bookmark this page to remain abreast of our planned, commemorative activities!


The 1890 Land-Grant Universities

Alabama A&M University (1875)
Alcorn State University (1871)
Delaware State University (1891)
Florida A&M University (1887)
Fort Valley State University (1895)
Kentucky State University (1886)
Langston University (1897)
Lincoln University (1866)
North Carolina A&T State University (1891)
Prairie View A&M University (1876)
South Carolina State University (1896)
Southern University System (1880)
Tennessee State University (1912)
Tuskegee University (1881)
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (1875)
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1886)
Virginia State University (1882)
West Virginia State University (1891)
Central State University* (1887)
*gained land grant status through the 2014 Farm Bill

Take a virtual tour of exhibits at our own William C. Jason Library!

William C. Jason Library
Digital Exhibits

Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions: The First 125 Years

Learn more about
1890 land-grant universities

1890 Land-Grant Universities (video)

1890 Land-Grant Universities (brochure)

Land-Grant University FAQ
(Association of Public And Land-Grant Universities)

Fonio Plant


"Fonio is one of many important plants that have caught our eye and stimulated work here."

Dr. Cyril Broderick 
Associate Professor 


Plant Science at DSU The Plant Science sector of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources within the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) at DSU is focused on teaching, research and outreach in addressing the needs of its students, the people of Delaware and the larger reach to the population of the United States with its global affiliations. Because plants are so integral to all life, the need to be au currant with species of plants, their biology, their cultivation, nutritional value and use, the scope of our work with plants is extensive. Scientific studies consequently range from comparative anatomy and physiology through genetics and plant breeding, molecular biology and biotechnology, to enzymology and biochemical and biophysical characterization of important molecules in plant metabolism. Our Focus on Fonio Fonio is one of many important plants that have caught our eye and stimulated work here. The National Academy of Sciences, with numerous other reviews, has identified fonio as a valuable crop that is gluten free, of low glycemic index, and which provides a high quality of essential amino acids in its grain. As a food, it is tasty, and it rectifies deficiencies in grains and other foods that form diets of diabetics and many other medically and nutritionally challenged individuals and patients. Additionally, there exists a tremendous opportunity to improve the crop for local farmers to produce this low-input and high quality grain for the broad array of consumers around the Country and abroad. Photosynthesis is the basic process by which plants uptake carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and they essentially produce organic molecules or compounds that serve as food and other important products from plants. Three mechanisms of photosynthesis exist, the C3, C4 and CAM pathways of photosynthesis, and the environmental stations of plants relate to their adaptation of one mechanism over the other. Most economic plant species use either the C3 or C4 mechanism; however, evidence suggests that the C4 mechanism is the more recently evolved and more efficient. Higher net photosynthesis is the effect of the C4 mechanism, and corn, sorghum, and sugar cane are examples of  plants that utilize this mechanism. Fonio is another species that is a C4 plant, but per acre yields from fonio plantings are low. We are interested in determining how we can improve yields and best use the advantages of this species in providing for our population of consumers. Our focus on fonio involves: Work to understand genetic and physiological traits of fonio, plant genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology Training both undergraduate and graduate students during the investigation of this crop that produces nutritionally rich and potentially very profitable new crop. Work for its adoption by local farmers to increase income make a lasting impact that would ultimately boost nutritional quality, food security, and global food supply.

Cooperative Research Archive

COOPERATIVE RESEARCH NEWS Click links below for more information on:   Nearly $700,000.00 in new grants   BATS AND BALLS ON A GOLF COURSE?!   CATFISH SAFETY INSPECTION PROGRAM

CARS Conversations Archive

“The hand bone’s connected to worm?” Lathadeui ‘Karuna’ Chintepenta moved more than 8,000 miles from Hyderabad, India, to Dover, Delaware for her present job as a Post Doctorate Research Associate in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. In Kakinada, a town near Hyderabad, Karuna taught graduate level biochemistry and microbiology for 4 years before moving to Hyderabad, India where she worked as a Research Associate and conducted research for a biotech company. Her research focused on isolation and production of a protein “Serratiopeptidase” that is produced by bacteria “Serratia marcescens” which are present in silkworms, which can ultimately heal bone joints. Though Karuna enjoyed conducting research, her desire to return to academia and student interactions led her to seek her PhD in Biological Sciences. After obtaining her PhD and working on her continuous research, Karuna decided to travel to the United States in search of new approaches and studies in science and technology. She immediately started looking for jobs and found the Marine Biology position posted by Dr. Ozbay, professor in DSU’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “I felt like it was the right thing to do,” Karuna says. As a post doctorate research associate, Karuna manages the labs, and the work of undergrad and grad students; assists research technicians; and writes grants. Along with those duties, she is also responsible for her own research in Blackbird Creek, Delaware, which includes finding the symbiotic microbes associated with native marsh plants; the microbes may help farmers grow crops in drought and other abiotic stress conditions. At home, Karuna’s full attention goes to her husband Sridhar Mannem, her young son, Teja Mannem, and infant daughter, Sreeja Latha Mannem. She also enjoys listening to Indian music. When asked what she likes about her job she replied, “Everyone here (CARS) is like family. When I came to the United Sates, I left behind my son and family. I came alone and I became homesick. But everyone is friendly.” She also gives a lot of credit to Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, who is very supportive of her and also gives her tons of encouragement. Karuna also enjoys the various outreach programs available through Cooperative Extension and having access to Dean Dyremple Marsh via his open door policy.       Man on a Mission Meet Alex D. Meredith, the recruiter for the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) at Delaware State University. Alex is no stranger to the university, having spent time throughout his life on campus—first as a child of an alum and employee, then as a student, and now as an employee himself. Alex comes from a proud Hornet legacy that includes his father (1969), uncle (1982), brother (2008 and 2010), and mother (2013).  According to Alex, there’s a purpose for his presence at Delaware State University; he relishes his mission as a strong student advocate Alex had no clue he would end up working in agriculture; he thought he would be in education or business. “I thought I was going to be a business major like my father, but looking back as a child, I was always involved in growing plants as a hobby,” says Alex. It was not until he was convinced otherwise by Dr. Kenneth Bell, former CARS dean, and Dr. Ralph Crawford, former USDA liaison. “They truly made me realize the opportunities available in Agriculture not only as a global marketplace (business), but as a necessity for the existence of life.” Alex realized majoring in Agriculture Business would provide him with the best of both worlds. After earning his B.S. in Agri-Business from DSU in 2004, Alex worked on a M.S. in Ag Economics from North Carolina A&T State University before completing  his M.S. in Agricultural Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. “After graduating from DSU, I made a few transitions until, ultimately, finding my niche. Sharing and preparing students for these experiences is what keeps me in the College of Agriculture & Related Sciences.” As the CARS recruiter, Alex visits with high school students throughout Delaware, the mid-Atlantic region and in key ag feeder markets throughout the country. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor; assists Dr. Rich Barczewski in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and is past advisor to DSU’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter. He and the DSU MANRRS chapter earned honors in 2011 as MANRRS Advisor of the Year and Educational Organization of the Year. Part of his passion is advising the  CARS Ambassadors Program, which he founded. The Ambassadors organization consists of CARS students who help recruit and perform agriculture & related sciences initiatives.  “I love advising the Ambassadors because I am able to utilize my expertise in professional development to help our students develop skills that they will need in the marketplace. It’s a win/win for the student participant and for the College.”  . When asked what he enjoys most about CARS, Alex replied, “The students. Without them, there would be no need for me. I enjoy watching students evolve from ‘entry to exit’ or orientation until graduation.” To help students visualize the transition from college to career, Alex encourages students to seek employment and internships within their fields of study. Working alongside professionals in their fields gives students the professional experience needed to transition into gainful employment.   “I am proud to say, since I was a student, Delaware State University has grown tremendously in preparing and linking students to internship and employment opportunities,” said Alex. In his down time, Alex serves as a behavioral interventionist with New Behavioral Networks Group working with adolescent youth. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, church, cooking, and his new found love, jogging. When he is gracious enough to cook for the college, it’s dirty rice or smothered pork chops; for himself? “It’s Jamaican ox tails, red beans and rice and potato casserole.”  We’re hungry, Alex… Meet Beverly C. Banks, 4-H  & Youth Development agent, and 2014 Jefferson Award winner! The award is a way to honor “Unsung Heroes"— ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.  Beverly, a native of Bridgeville, Delaware, attended Delaware State College, now Delaware State University (DSU)—the same institution her mother attended when DSU was The State College for Colored Students.  Beverly graduated from DSU with a degree in Business Education. After graduation, Beverly transitioned from DSU student to DSU employee by working in the Jason C. Williams library as a librarian assistant for 6 months. While there, she helped organize library resources and assisted patrons. Beverly left campus employment for other opportunities, but returned to DSU in 2005 as a part-time employee for Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences; she eventually became a full-time employee where she remains to this day.  Beverly is a spark of creativity. On any given day, you will find Beverly engaged in planning innovative activities for the young people. Her work includes organizing community afterschool programs in underserved communities. A few of the programs Beverly has been responsible for include establishing 4-H Afterschool program sites. During each session, Beverly and the volunteers she recruits teach children citizenship, healthy living, public speaking and life skills. Beverly augments her programs by inviting colleagues to present on agriculture and nutrition topics. These skills, she knows, will help young participants gain the poise, self-discipline and self-confidence needed to compete in the global arena. Additionally, Beverly organizes weeklong celebrations for youth each summer. Both the Boys Retreat and Juneteenth activities introduce participants to educational themes that are life enriching. Beverly says her primary goal is to provide activities and events that keep children engaged. When asked what is it that she enjoys most about her job she simply stated, “servicing as a resource.” Beverly enjoys being a mentor that helps with youth development. She believes that in today’s society, getting back to the basics is essential and builds for a much stronger foundation.   Beverly promotes DSU 4-H on national, state, and local levels. She involves the youth in many conferences, competitions, challenges, and exposes her recruited volunteers to forums and state recognition opportunities. Having the right attitude. Before Joseph Morton began working in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS), he started his career at Delaware State University in the Office of Financial Aid. When asked by Dr. Kenneth Bell, former CARS dean, to work in the college, Joseph readily accepted. Joseph first served as secretary for the Department of Family and Consumer Science, now Human Ecology, for four years, and Cooperative Extension for two years. For the last four years, he has worked as the senior secretary for Center for Integrated Biological & Environmental Research (CIBER). Based on his varied experience in departments across campus, Joseph believes that the CARS community is tight knit and more family oriented than elsewhere on campus. “The attitude of people within CARS is relaxed,” he said. “It might have something to do with agriculture and the fact that we also have outreach and deal with the community more than other colleges on campus.” Joseph starts his day in CIBER by creating a “to do list,” to prioritize projects. Before he begins his daily work, Joseph checks in with personnel in the CIBER lab to see what administrative needs and supplies they may need. A typical day for Joseph may include preparing purchase orders, reviewing credit card expenses, scheduling student employment, updating reports, working with faculty across campus who have seed grants from CIBER, filing electronic documents and following up on programs for the students. He also coordinates meetings and records minutes. Along with those duties, he also corresponds with faculty from other colleges that are a part of CIBER. Besides DSU, CIBER—a  regional, network hub that promotes collaborative research—also includes Wesley College, Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) and University of Delaware. “Delaware State University’s motto is ‘making our mark on the world.’ I believe in order for us to do that we have to get people to see the bigger picture. We have to realize that we are a part of that picture.” In his personal time, Joseph enjoys taking day trips. He likes to explore new destinations and meet new people. What does she see in the sea? Lori Brown, a Rhode Island native, is no stranger to the bay. She has always wanted to study marine biology. “Growing up by the coast,” Lori says,  “I always spent time by the water; I was always environmentally oriented. It’s where my passion has always been.” Lori graduated from the University of Maine at Machias (UMM), with a double major in environmental science and marine biology. After graduating, she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for a year developing an experiential learning program for UMM. At the university, she helped develop both classroom and hands-on field experiences for students that also benefited the community. Before coming to Delaware State University, Lori spent a year conducting laboratory research in nuclear cardiology at Yale University’s School of Medicine. Lori has been with the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources for 11 years. Through her current projects, she uses acoustic telemetry to study Sand Tiger sharks and Atlantic Sturgeon. The study includes tagging and tracking the different species, examining habitat utilization, and movement patterns. She also manages a data-sharing program called the Atlantic Cooperative Telemetry Network. Through this network, researchers use acoustic telemetry along the entire Atlantic coast. Lori’s time is split working with students, in the field, processing samples, managing inventory, and managing all the data that is collected. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job she simply replied, “I really like working with the students.” She was eager to get a position at a small university because the university she attended was very small, and she appreciated the one-on-one interaction. In her spare time, Lori loves hiking, biking, running, and kayaking as well as making her own beer and cider.         Ready for your close up, Jana? CARS has a staff member from Hollywood! Hollywood, Florida, that is! Before working at DSU, Jana Rheaume (Ree–oom) spent two and one-half years as a secretary in the U.S Military Air force—based in the countries of Turkey and England. Upon arriving in Dover, Jana began working for DSU as a temp in the maintenance department, William C. Jason Library, Center for Teaching and Learning and for the Vice President of Business and Finance. After which, she landed her current position as secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources—a position she has held for the past 12 years. From the moment she enters the office each morning, to the time she leaves each afternoon, Jana works tirelessly for Ag and Natural Resources. Besides serving as the face of the department, greeting people in person and via telephone, Jana’s job duties have included maintaining students’ files, registering students for classes and archiving files. “This is the best place I’ve worked on campus,” says Jana, “considering how long I’ve spent here; cool co-workers, people are great, good boss, good dean and I love the kids; the kids are what keep me here.”   Everyone has a story. Here’s Pablo’s… An expert in the field of Information Technology (IT), Pablo Mojica has worked for Delaware State University for 12 years. He has spent the last four years in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS).   Pablo, a native of Panama, has lived in the United States for 16 years. Prior to his arrival in the U.S., he earned an associate’s degree in programming and a bachelor’s degree in technology from the Technological University of Panama. Prior to his employment with Delaware State University (DSU), Pablo worked for a small private contractor in IT. Because that company held contracts with DSU, Pablo grew extremely familiar with the campus and its staff. In 2006, after finding the solutions to many network issues, he secured a position with the DSU help desk—a position that he describes as the beginning of many opened doors. Pablo’s move from the help desk to the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) in 2010 signaled his desire to explore expanded possibilities. “It was a great idea to come work for CARS," says Pablo. "It's a great place to grow and accept more responsibilities.” A typical day for Pablo is making his daily rounds every morning. Opening the labs in the Baker building and Ag Annex. Following that he checks the Dean office to make sure there are no problems.  After making his rounds he goes back to his office and checks his email to respond to work orders. Followed by establishing a plan of the day. “I try to be proactive, instead of waiting around.” Pablo's greatest responsibility thus far has been establishing an Apple platform to support the faculty and staff using Apple devices. It has proven to be a challenge that requires the full demand of his expertise. During his free time, Pablo enjoys riding his Honda Shadow motorcycle and exploring new places. He also provides volunteer IT service for his place of worship, Maranatha Christian Church, because he enjoys helping others. 

CARS Ambassadors


Are you curious about a degree in agriculture, food and nutrition, natural resources or textiles and apparel studies? Contact the CARS Ambassadors to learn more:





CARS Ambassadors The College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) Ambassadors Program is a student-mentoring initiative and public relations effort for the college. The main goal of the CARS Ambassadors Program is to promote the quality and quantity of applicants seeking admission to the college while supplying ambassadors with the tools necessary for professional development. Students majoring in agriculture, natural resources, textile and apparel studies, and food and nutrition are eligible to participate in the CARS Ambassadors Program.  Goals for the Ambassadors Program Encouraging high school juniors and seniors to pursue higher education Creating opportunities for high school students learn about agricultural and allied professions as viable career options Introducing potential students to the array of degree opportunities and resources offered through CARS and Delaware State University Schedule the CARS Ambassadors to assist at your upcoming event. Ambassadors can be requested by middle and high schools for presentations and by CARS faculty to assist with college and departmental events and programs. For more information, contact Mr. Alex D. Meredith at 302.857.6410, or  Meet The Ambassadors  Taylor Pleasanton, President 2015 - 2016 Classification: Senior Major: Criminal Justice     Minor: Biology Hometown: Hartly, DE Campus Activities: Criminal Justice Club, National FFA Organization "Why are you a Hornet?" The campus is big enough to get the college experience but the class sizes are small and students are able to have personal attention from teachers if they need extra help or guidance. Career Goals: Undecided; possibly a middle school science teacher or crime scene investigator Advice for Students: “Stay on track and come up with your own personal study habits that help you succeed. Do not get side tract by all of the other things going on but be involved in your school and the community.” "Ask Me About…" My trip to Louisville Kentucky for the National FFA Convention   Contact me at:  Ashley Tabibian, Recording Secretary 2015 - 2016 Classification: Junior Major: Plant Science with Agronomy Hometown: Wilmington, DE Campus Activities: FFA "Why are you a Hornet?" We have a beautiful campus, a great Agriculture department with a dedicated and caring staff and lots of opportunities. Career Goals: Research Farming Advice for Students: Know your own limits and push them.  "Ask Me About…" My first trip to FFA Nationals Contact me at:    Benjamain Bougouneau Classification: Sophomore   Major: Food and Nutrition Hometown: Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands   Campus Activities: FFA (Future Farmer of America), MANRRS   "Why are you a Hornet?" I love this campus, and DSU offers many opportunities for me to excel in my field.   Career Goals: My goal is to go back to the Virgin Islands and become the Commissioner of Agriculture.   Advice for Students: Develop time management skills and always apply yourself to whatever you are doing.   "Ask Me About…" My experience conducting undergraduate research as an intern within the Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources.   Contact me at:   ​Daisha Capers Classification: Sophomore Major: Agriscience Education Hometown: Dover, Delaware Campus Activities: MANRRS "Why are you a Hornet?" They have the best agriculture program and the campus is diverse Career Goals: To educate communities on the importance of sustainable agriculture. Advice for Students: Don’t be so hard on yourself, we’re all growing and still learning every chance we get. "Ask Me About…" My internship at Fifer Orchards this past summer Contact me at:  Danielle Dawkins Classification: Junior Major: Textile and Apparel Studies Minor: English Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Campus Activities: Resident Assistant, Honors Student, Big Sister Little Sister "Why are you a hornet?" I am a hornet because Delaware State University has open so many doors for me to reach my potential. Delaware State University is not just a university it is a family! Career Goals: I aspire to work for the clothing company H&M as a visual merchandiser and then something in the management area such as a district manager. After fulfilling my dream in the business aspect of the fast pace retail world I want to teach fashion courses at a university such as LIM, FIT, or The New School in New York City which are University’s geared towards individuals seeking business and fashion only. Advice for Students: Start Off Strong! Yes college is a difficult four years but you must work your hardest and push through. Every person at Delaware State University is here for the same goal and that is to obtain a degree. Don’t let other outside factors deter you from the main goal. Yes, you should go out, party, network, make friends, make memories, and enjoy your overall college experience. However, when all is said and done your degree is what you must show for in the end. Don’t loose sight! "Ask Me About…" How my name and my initials are unique Contact me at:     Jade Jackson Classification: Sophomore Major: Pre-Veterinary Sciences Minor (if you have one): None                    Hometown: Bronx, New York Campus Activities: Street Team, MANRRs "Why are you a Hornet?" Because it’s an honor to be a part of the Delaware State University-College of Agriculture & Related Science family! Career Goals: To become a veterinarian for either pet animals or farm animals; would love to work with marine animals though. Advice for Students: Find what you love and let it kill you. "Ask Me About…" The time I helped save a man who was on fire. Contact me at: ​Kierra Johnson Classification: Junior Major: Pre-Veterinary Science Minor (if you have one): none Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Campus Activities: MANRRS, Pre-Vet Club, First Generation Club "Why are you a Hornet?" The people here are friendly and the campus has a lot of fun/ educational activities. Career Goals: To complete veterinary school and become a small animal veterinarian. Advice for Students: To really figure out exactly what it is that you want to go for educationally and career wise, and stay focused on accomplishing the goal you set. "Ask Me About…" How it was going to W.B. Saul High School, an agricultural based school Contact me at:  Krystal Martindale ​Classification: Junior Major: Agri-Business Hometown: Brooklyn, Ny Campus Activities: MANRRS, First Generation Club, National Society of Leadership and Success, The Wide Life Society. "Why are you a Hornet?" The Agriculture program here is phenomenal, and they offer us a lot of great opportunities. The people here are friendly and know how to make you feel welcomed. Career Goals: I would like to work for the USDA and one day have my own business selling only organic products. Advice for students: Work hard but also make sure that you have some fun as well. All work and no play causes a lot of stress and burn-out. Experience everything the college has to offer at least once. "Ask me about..." MANNRS and all of the wonderful things we do for the community. Contact me at: Jennifer Savin ​Classification: Sophomore Major: Food and Nutritional Sciences: Dietetics Minor (if you have one): none Hometown: Smyrna, DE Campus Activities: FAN Club, FFA "Why are you a Hornet?" The class sizes are not any bigger than what I am used to and I love the layout of the campus. Career Goals: I want to become a registered dietician that works with small children Advice for Students: Time always moves faster than you expect, so make sure to plan your day wisely! "Ask Me About…" how I transitioned from being a high school senior to a college freshman. Contact me at: 



CARS Ambassadors is a student organization of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences 

CARS Ambassadors


Alex D. Meredith
Miss Taylor Pleasanton
Vice President 
Recording Secretary
Miss Ashley Tabibian
Benjamain Bougouneau
Daisha Capers
Danielle Dawkins
Jade Jackson
Kierra Johnson
Krystal Martindale
Jennifer Savin

News and Announcements

October 6, 2015, 9:30 - 10:15 am
Brandywine High School
Wilmington, DE
October 6, 2015, 12:30 - 1:15 pm
Hodgson's Vo-Tech
Newark, DE
October 7, 2015, 6 - 8 pm
Cecil County Public Schools
College Night at Rising Sun High School
Northeast, MD
October 9, 2015, 5 - 7 pm
Smyrna Middle School
Fall Fest and BBQ
Smyrna, DE
October 15, 2015, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Delaware County Community College
47th Annual Fall Transfer Fair
Media, PA
October 27 - 30, 2015
FFA National Convention and Expo
Louisville, KY
October 31, 2015, 9 am - 3 pm
Fall Open House
Delaware State University


CARS Conversations

CARS Conversations December 2014 Tom Harmon (left) helping President Harry L. Williams plant a flower during Earth Day 2012   In many respects, you could say that Thomas M. Harmon Jr. is home grown (agriculture pun intended). Tom was born and raised in Camden, Delaware, where he graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in 1976. He then became a Hornet as a student in the School of Agriculture at Delaware State College, before the ‘School’ grew into the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) and before the ‘College’ grew into Delaware State University. As an undergrad, Tom spent his summers helping Cooperative Extension with youth programs by serving as a youth counselor; by his last summer as a DSU student, he had been promoted to Summer Camp director. Tom clearly remembers when Extension personnel were housed in a 24 by 40 foot modular building behind the Baker Building, which is now a parking lot. Back then, Extension staff consisted of Dr. Ulysses S. Washington, Jr., DSU’s first Extension Administrator, Research Director and Agriculture Department chair; a secretary; four agents; and Tom as the Extension program assistant. Tom said initially he was a “door-to-door salesman for the Cooperative Extension—communicating primarily with families in Kent and Sussex counties about Extension.” Tom’s focus was on locating underserved citizens to provide them with information and to help them establish and maintain home gardens, and on identifying local agencies that offered assistance services. Soon after, his primary role shifted to assisting Extension agents with their programs/demonstrations, scheduling, monitoring and maintaining audio visual set-ups, photography, assisting with programming and driving the mobile teaching unit, (MoTec). Currently, Tom serves as the Program Services Coordinator for CARS. While he continues assisting specialists, agents and educators with programs and demonstrations, Tom’s responsibilities now also include the Backyard Gardening Program; preparing the Outreach and Research Center (DSU’s research farm in Smyrna, DE) for crop research and demonstration programs, and assisting with programs at sites throughout Delaware in the newly renovated mobile teaching unit, now referred to as MET. Tom is relied upon by CARS faculty, staff and students alike to prepare the Smyrna farm for visitors, and to assist with both  greenhouse seedling production and field plot preparation. Tom also advises on the ordering, purchasing and maintenance of vehicles, farm equipment, tools and supplies to support Cooperative Extension and Cooperative Research efforts in CARS. For several years, Tom has assisted CARS Dean Dyremple Marsh and Dr. Marikis Alvarez, Associate Dean for Research, in the production of quality pepper seeds. The research being conducted on these peppers—native to Antigua, Haiti and Jamaica—will hopefully produce seeds resistant to some common viruses and diseases.  Away from the office, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, day trips and (can you believe it?) gardening. He enjoys learning and sharing information with everyone about gardening and growing vegetables. “What little I know, I like to share; it gives me great joy to see those that want to grow vegetables for the first time in their gardens and yards, do so successfully.”    Tom looks forward to playing golf again and riding horses, which he used to train. #bucketlist ARCHIVE

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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.  REU 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. NEWBio 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,          

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