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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

About CARS Conversations

CARS Conversations was created to recognize staff members for their dedicated service to the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. Visit this page each month to learn about people behind the scenes of CARS. Through this platform, we celebrate these vital members of the DSU community.



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,          



Delaware State University Collegiate FFA was chartered in 1992. This chapter in based on Delaware State University's campus in Dover.

Mission FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education. Purpose Collegiate FFA enhances the collegiate experience through service and engagement to create premier leaders, enable personal growth, and ensure career success.​​ Activities Our officer team and members participate in activities such as attending local high school FFA banquets, our semi-annual Adopt-A-Highway clean-up, our annual Jack-O-Lantern contest, the Arbor Day celebration on our campus and the trade show at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Our chapter has continued the tradition of adopting a family every Thanksgiving holiday. During the Delaware State Fair in July, our chapter showcases our display board which represents all of our most recent activities and accomplishments The members participating in DSU FFA's activities are able to do so through funding obtained from our annual citrus sale, our biannual banquet and silent auction, and our annual plant sale. The plants sold in our plant sale are grown on site in our James W. W. Baker Building Greenhouse. (FFA students participating in their semi-annual "Adopt-A-Highway" clean up)

FFA is a student organization of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences

FFA Staff and Officers

Dr. Richard Barczewski, Advisor
Mr. Alex Meredith
, Co-Advisor

Taylor Pleasanton, sophomore 

Elizabeth Seaman, sophomore 

Rodney Wilson Jr.,  sophomore

Allison Strouse, sophomore 






Dr. Stephen E. Lumor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology for the Food Science Program.

STEPHEN E. LUMOR, Ph.D. Assistant Professor – Food Science Program Department of Human Ecology Delaware State University 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE19901 (302) 857-6422 Stephen E. Lumor, Ph.D., is an assistant professor (food chemistry) in the Department of Human Ecology, Delaware State University. Dr. Lumor’s research interests include lipid oxidation and shelf-life assessment of polyunsaturated oils; antioxidants from tropical plants; shelf-life modeling; low-cholesterol dairy products; and functional products from lipids. Before joining the faculty at Delaware State, Dr. Lumor was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota. At the University, Dr. Lumor worked on the development of chemical and biochemical methods for rapid detection and inactivation of warfare agents in food. His work at the University yielded four peer-reviewed articles.  A native of Keta, Ghana, Dr. Lumor obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ghana. In 2003, Dr. Lumor moved to the United States to further his education, pursuing a Master’s and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, Dr. Lumor investigated the synthesis of trans-free structured lipids for use as alternatives to partially hydrogenated fat in margarine formulation. This work resulted in seven peer-reviewed publications and eight presentations at international meetings. RESEARCH   Samuel Sojourner, Ashley Murphy and Peta-Gay Jackson operating a gas chromatograph RESEARCH INTERESTS ·      Lipid oxidation and shelf-life assessment of polyunsaturated oils ·      Antioxidants from tropical plants ·      Low-cholesterol dairy products ·      Shelf-life modeling ·      Functional products from lipids Polymers, moisture barrier edible coatings, etc.          ·      Food Defense ·      New Product Development     Graduate students Adelo Salako and Anh Nguyen analyzing HPLC data  



Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences 

Changing the Face of Agriculture by Linking Hands around the World   2014-2015 DSU MANRRS Chapter members (L to R): Gabrielle Delima, national vice president of undergraduates – Region I; Akida Ferguson, president; Lasheeda Brooks; Debbielynn Mayo, secretary; Mrs. Chandra Owens, Advisor; Kierra Johnson, historian; Daisha Capers; and Lamar Chandler, treasurer.   (From left) Saundra Wheeler, MANRRS Region I Graduate Student VP, DSU’s Gabrielle Delima, Region I Undergraduate Student VP, and Dr. B. Michelle Harris, UDC advisor for MANRRS (right), present a gift to guest speaker Dr. Loston Rowe, DuPont Crop Protection. Dr. Rowe spoke during the MANRRS Region I Cluster meeting, held in the MLK Student Center on the DSU campus, November 8 – 9, 2014.   MANRRS members, Region I, listen intently to guest speaker Dr. Loston Rowe.    


To promote academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.


"We, the members of this society, pledge to support endeavors that will always foster and promote the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. We also pledge to initiate and participate in activities and programs that will ensure that ethnic minorities will also be involved in and associated with the agricultural sciences and related fields. We pledge to work for the inclusion, achievement, and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences."


  • Semi-annual Adopt-A-Mile highway clean up
  • Community Garden with the USDA Service projects for the underserved in the surrounding community
  • College of Agriculture and Related Sciences outreach activity assistance


Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) began as a shared vision by a group of agriculture students and faculty members at Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. Their goal was to develop partnerships between minority students and professionals within academic institutions, government, and agriculturally-related industries. That commitment led to the first national MANRRS conference, held at Michigan State University, in 1986. Since then, MANRRS has become a national organization comprised of thousands of student and professional members.

MANRRS is a non-profit, national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic groups who are interested in agricultural careers and those in related sciences. MANRRS members are encouraged to be full participants in other professional societies for their basic disciplinary and career interests. However, MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support professional development of minorities.



MANRRS is a student organization of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences

MANRRS Advisors and Officers

Mrs. Chandra Owens
USDA 1890 Liaison

Mr. Leroy Hawkins
CARS Academic Advisor
National Vice President of Region I
Miss Gabrielle Delima
Miss Akida Ferguson
Vice President
Miss Debbielynn Mayo
Mr. Vincent Chandler
Miss Kierra Johnson

Meeting Date

Meetings are held first and third Thursdays of each month in the Ag Annex building (#47), Room 212, at 11:15 am.

National MANRRS 



Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Human Ecology Chair  Richard Barczewski, PhD   Professors Emeriti Kenneth W. Bell, PhD Arthur O. Tucker, PhD   Professors Mingxin Guo, PhD Dyremple Marsh, PhD Gulnihal Ozbay, PhD Kevina Vulinec, PhD   Associate Professors  Richard Barczewski, PhD Cyril Broderick, PhD Sathya Elavarthi, PhD Dewayne Fox, PhD Christopher Heckscher, PhD Venugopal Kalavacharla, PhD Brigid McCrea, PhD Dennis McIntosh, PhD   Assistant Professor Rubella Goswami, PhD   Claude E. Phillips Herbarium Curator ​Cynthia Hong-Wa, PhD   Chair Samuel Besong, PhD   Professor Samuel Besong, PhD   Associate Professors  Mopelola Adegoke, PhD Samuel Besong, PhD Jung-lim Lee, PhD Jungmi Oh, PhD   Assistant Professor Stephen Lumor, PhD ​Bettina Taylor, PhD, RD Didactic Program in Dietetics Director VACANT   Research and Outreach Dietician Shilpa Kukarni, MS   Fashion Designer Instructor Jasmine Chandler, MS  

The Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation


Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation

Dr. Brigid McCrea
U.S. Washington Center
Delaware State University
Cooperative Extension Programs
1200 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901

Ph: 302.857.6432
F:   302.857.6430


The Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation (CSFRI) a source of information for small flock producers.  We provide timely information on upcoming events of interest to small flock holders as well as special interest fact sheets.  As research related to keeping small flocks becomes available, the information will be published on this website.   CSFRI will help small flock and niche market poultry producers by performing research on their specific production techniques, management methods, and biosecurity modifications. As the nation's first and the only research center of its kind, CSFRI will provide unique educational and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Poultry Showmanship Video Click Here   Breed Variety Fact Sheets Ancona Australorp Buckeye Plymouth Rock Sebright Wyandotte Additional Fact Sheets Brooding Poultry Cleaning and Disinfection Footbaths For Pastured Poultry Farms Poultry Breeds The Lasher Laboratory Locks and Signs Quarantine and Isolation Procedures for Pastured Poultry Rodent Control on Small Poultry Farms Traffic Patterns Wild Bird Winterizing Your Coop      


Brigid McCrea, PhD

Dr. McCrea serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and as State Poultry Specialist for Cooperative Extension at Delaware State University. She is trained as a microbiologist and received her Ph.D. in Poultry Science from Auburn University. She specializes in small flocks, niche market poultry products, and both pre– and post-harvest food safety.



The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens
Book signing, presentation and Q&A
SaturdayAugust 22, 2015

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dr. Brigid McCrea
Ph: 302.857.6432
F:   302.857.6430



Click the link above for more information






Researchers in the CARS Catfish Laboratory from left: Mr. Balaji Babu, Research Associate; Ms. Huldah Haynes, Research Technician; Ms. Adeyimika Adepoju, Undergraduate Student Assistant; Dr. Brigid McCrea, Co-Project Director; and Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, Project Director. Not pictured: Dr. Dennis McIntosh, Co-Project Director.

  COOPERATIVE RESEARCH NEWS     Do Golf Courses Make Good Bat Habitats?   CATFISH SAFETY INSPECTION PROGRAM   By Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, Project Director Mr. Balaji Kubandra Babu, Research Associate   Seafood is one of the most relished culinary delicacies in the world. The consumption of seafood has increased manifold in the last decade. However, the production of seafood in the U.S. has decreased by about 20% in the last 10 years, whereas the value of seafood imported from Vietnam has increased 5 fold in the same time frame.   Catfish ranks number one among the top ten seafoods consumed in the U.S. As of 2007, the per capita consumption of catfish was 0.87 pounds. There is an increase in demand for both domestic and imported catfish in the U.S. In 2005, the catfish imported from Vietnam were recalled due to the concerns of antibiotic residues. A similar recall was issued for catfish imported from China in 2007. In the wake of recent recalls of some of the imported fish, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has beefed up the scrutiny of imported and domestic seafood. The most recent recall involved the mackerel imported from Vietnam for concerns of Clostridium botulinum contamination.                                         The use of unapproved antimicrobial drugs in the raising of fish can cause acute and chronic health effects in people. An acute response could be an allergy, but chronic effects may take a long time to develop and cancer is considered a chronic long-term effect. The catfish grown in ponds may also have heavy metals in them due to bioaccumulation.   The short-term goal of this Cooperative Research project in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences  is to determine the presence of antimicrobial drugs, heavy metals and food borne pathogens in both domestic and imported catfish fillets. The long-term goal is to establish a nationally recognized Catfish Research and Education Center, which couples research with extension programs. Microbiological Testing The catfish fillets purchased from retail outlets in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC are tested for the presence of Salmonella species and generic Escherichia coli. The microbial floras in the samples are also quantified using Aerobic Plate Count (APC) and Psychrotrophic plate count (PPC).The catfish fillets are tested for the presence of pathogens as per the protocol set forth in the Microbiological Laboratory Guidebook (MLG).                   CATFISH FILLETS LINED UP FOR TESTING                              AEROBIC PLATE COUNT (APC) IN CATFISH SAMPLES        PLATING OF INOCULUM ON PETRIDISHES       ANTIMICROBIAL DRUG TESTING The presence of antimicrobial drugs like Chloramphenicol, Malachite Green and Gentian Violet in the catfish fillets are detected using ELISA (Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay). The testing is done as per the protocol set forth by the USDA-FSIS, Office of Public Health Science CLG.                                              READING ELISA PLATES IN A BIOTEK® ELISA READER                            EXTRACTION OF SAMPLES FOR CHLORAMPHENICOL DETECTION                                                                                                                                                    PHOTOGRAPH OF AN ELISA PLATE SCREENING   Heavy metals testing   As of January 2011, the installation of the Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) is completed. The AAS aids in the detection of heavy metals like Cadmium (Cd), Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg) and Arsenic (As) in the catfish fillets. The detection of heavy metals in catfish fillets began in January 2011 and will continue through September 2011.   The Catfish project team includes Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay as Project Director; Dr. Brigid McCrea and Dr. Dennis McIntosh as Co-Project Directors; Mr. Balaji Kubandra Babu as Research Associate; Ms. Huldah Haynes as Research Technician; and undergraduate student interns Adeyimika Adepoju, Pamela Stampul, Eunice Handy, Brandon Bruce, Yesenia Rosado, and Venessa Richards. This project is funded by the USDA-FSIS Seafood Inspection Program and the Catfish Inspection Laboratory is established with the same USDA-FSIS funding.   Picture 'AAS' is Atomic Absorption Spectrometer 600.    'FIMS' is Flow Injection Mercury System   Note: This project is funded by USDA-FSIS Catfish Inspection Program and allowed DSU to establish a laboratory for inspecting both domestic and imported catfish for microbiological and chemical contaminants. The funding is also provided to the Cooperative Extension Program to establish a catfish processing laboratory and community outreach and education.         

College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

60,000 lucrative job openings each year in agriculture, food, environment and natural resources fields. Not enough college graduates to fill these positions.*    For information on our degrees:   Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources   Department of Human Ecology   *US Department of Agriculture                            
                    A Word from the Dean Are you a potential undergraduate  or graduate student with an interest in agriculture, food and nutritional science, natural resources, or textiles and apparel studies? I welcome you to visit the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS). We have programs that offer you a solid academic and experiential learning foundation to help you achieve your educational and career goals. Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh Dean, 1890 Administrator, Research Director     The College of Agriculture and Related Sciences has an integrated mission of teaching, research and outreach (extension) that provides an experiential education for students and research-based educational programs for Delaware residents.  Teaching Promoting the development of future professionals in agriculture, food, natural resources and related sciences     Research A legacy of discovery that addresses the current needs of society while training future scientists     Extension Enabling people to improve their lives by extending research-based education to the community

College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

108 Agriculture Annex
Delaware State University
1200 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901


Administrative Staff Profile

Dyremple B. Marsh

Marikis Alvarez
Associate Dean 
for Research

Donna P. Brown
Interim Associate Dean 
for Extension

Richard Barczewski
Department of Agriculture
and Natural Resources

Samuel Besong
Department of Human Ecology

Troy Darden
Information Coordinator

​Shanina Harris
Senior Secretary

Lee Hawkins
Academic Advisor

Michelle Hayes
Purchasing Specialist III

Administrative Assistant/
Budget Analyst

Alex Meredith
College Recruiter 

Pablo Mojica
IT Coordinator

Yvette Osorio-Valdez
Spec. Asst. to the Dean

​Ayeda Silent
Financial & Budget Analyst

​Ahira Y. Smith
Director of Academic Advisement

Communications Media Assistant



CARS Calendar

CARS Calendar (Full View)

CARS Clubs
Student organizations within the college

CARS Ambassadors Flagship, student mentoring organization
Mr. Alex Meredith, Advisor

CARS Tours Tour of College of Agriculture & Related Sciences
Mr. Alex Meredith, Advisor

Collegiate FFA  (Campus chapter of national student agriculture organization)
Dr. Richard Barczewski, Advisor
Mr. Alex Meredith, Co-Advisor

FAN (Food and Nutrition Club)
Human Ecology Department 

Dr. Bettina Taylor, Advisor

MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences)
Mrs. Chandra Owens, Advisor

Republic of Fashion (Textile and Apparel Studies club)
Ms. Jasmine Chandler, Advisor

Pre-Vet Club (for students interested in veterinary medicine)

Dr. Richard Barczewski, Advisor

CARS Conversations

Check here each month as we introduce you to members of the CARS staff. These people work behind the scenes to help our students and to support our projects and programs.

CARS Notables. . .
Sophie Delima and Jessica Teachout

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