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Delaware INBRE Research Symposium

  $17 Million over 5 years: March 2009 to February 2014   Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)   The Delaware INBRE External Advisory Board   invites you to attend the  2011 Delaware INBRE Research Symposium Thursday, April 28, 2011 Multipurpose Rm B, MLK Student Center Delaware State University, Main Campus The Delaware INBRE is a network of Delaware institutions working towards the common goal of furthering statewide development of biomedical research capacity in Delaware. Funded by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the NIH, and the State of Delaware, the partnering institutions -  University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Christiana Care, Nemours/A.I. duPont  Hospital for Children, Wesley College and Delaware Technical & Community College - coordinate multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research and education projects, specifically focusing on cancer, cardiovascular and neuroscience research. This year, Delaware State University will host the Delaware INBRE Research Symposium on Thursday, April 28, 2011. Proceedings will take place in the MLK Student Center, Multipurpose Rms A, B and C, from 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., and will feature: Noon poster presentations Talks on research developments by DE INBRE researchers on cancer and neuroscience research Keynote speaker from the NIH Networking opportunities with biomedical science researchers from the Delaware Valley Two (2) break-out panel discussions to choose from (mandatory session for INBRE researchers or informational session for prospective new research PIs) Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages  *A special (pre-poster session) panel discussion will be held for DSU faculty interested in preparing successful proposals to the MBRS program.  Registration is free but space is limited. Sign up today. Attendee Registration (Non-presenters) Click here Presenter Application Click here  AGENDA Back to College Home Page ©2011 CMNST Last updated 3/14/2011

RISE-Scholars Program

  Program Overview DSU’s MBRS RISE-Scholar program provides research training and financial support to students majoring in science or mathematics who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical science. Academically-promising students selected as RISE-scholars will be awarded $2400 per semester and will be partnered with a faculty member to carry out a research project during the academic year and participate in a paid summer internship. RISE Scholars will become part of a family of research-active faculty, students and graduate students.   RISE-Scholars meet weekly with their research mentors and dedicate 10 to 15 hours per week to their research project. RISE-Scholars must also attend a weekly “Introduction to Laboratory Research” class and complete weekly assignments. During the summer,   RISE-Scholars participate in a 9-week, paid research internship either at DSU or another partnering University.   Selection Criteria & Process    RISE-Scholars must: Be freshmen or sophomores at DSU in fall 2010 Major in science, mathematics or agricultural science Have a high school or college GPA > 3.0 Maintain a GPA > 2.8 while in the program   Submit completed applications to:   Dr. Cynthia van Golen, Program Director Delaware State University Science Center South 120 1200 N. Dupont Hwy Dover, DE 19901   Phone: 302-857-7463 Email:  Back to College Homepage


Funded by the National Institutes of Health



Program Features

  • $2,400 stipend per semester for research in biomedical field

  • involved faculty research mentoring

  • paid summer research internship

  • opportunities to present

  • weekly, specialized laboratory-training classes

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Archived Events in the CMNST

  Past CMNST Calendar events 2011 ¦ 2010 ¦ 2009 December 2011 2 - Applied Math Seminar   November 2011 8 - Dean's Lecture Seminar 15 - Dean's Lecture Seminar   October 2011 20 - Dean's Lecture Seminar   September 2011 5 - Labor Day (University closed) 15 - Convocation 16 - Applied Math Seminar August 2011 22-23 - Adjunct and Teaching Assistant training 29/30 - Classes begin   July 2011 Summer programs   June 2011 Summer programs 26-July 23 - Science and Technology Academy for Residence Scholars (STARS) program   May 2011 2-6 - Final Exams 6 - Residence Halls close @ 8 p.m. 7 - Science Extravaganza! 21-22 - Commencement Weekend   April 2011 7 - Honors Day 12 - Math Sci Lecture 14 - OSCAR Seminar 16 - Open House at DSU 20 - CMNST Integration Committee Seminar 22-25 - Easter Recess 28 - Delaware INBRE Research Symposium 28 - Last Day of Classes 29 - Reading Day   March 2011 3 - Dean's Lecture Seminar 7-11 - Spring Break 15 - Priority deadline for filing FAFSA 15 - Math Sci Lecture 16 - OSCAR Seminar 18 - CIS Club's Movie Night 24 - OSCAR Seminar 23-25 - Priority Academic Advisement 29 - Math Sci Lecture 31 - Dean's Lecture Seminar   February 2011 5 - Delaware Brain Bee (rescheduled from 1/8) 10 - Founder's Day Observed 10-11 - OSCAR Seminar 14-17 - Mid-terms administered 23 - Biology Dept. Seminar 24 - OSCAR Seminar 28 - Biology Dept. Seminar   January 2011 3 - University returns to campus 5 - Residence Halls open for new students 8 - Delaware Brain Bee (rescheduled for 2/5) 10 - Residence Halls re-open for returning students 10 - Classes begin at 4:30 p.m. 17 - Martin Luther King Jr Day Observed (Univ. Closed) 18 - Biology Dept. Seminar 24 - Inaugural Interdisciplinary Seminar   December 2010   1 - Biology Dept. Seminar 7 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 8 - Biology Dept. Seminar 9 - Last day of classes 9 - CREOSA/CAOSS Seminar 10 - Reading Day 13-17 Final exams 14 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 15 - Biology Dept. Seminar 17-January 5 - University closed for Winter Recess   November 2010   3 - Biology Dept. Seminar 4 - Dean's Lecture Series 9 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 10 - Biology Dept. Seminar 16 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 17 - Biology Dept. Seminar 19 - DSUPENN Breast Cancer Seminar 23 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 24 - Biology Dept. Seminar 25-28 - Thanksgiving Recess 30 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar   October 2010   2 - Parents & Family Day 4 - Biology Dept. Seminar 4-7 - Mid-terms 5 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 6 - Biology Dept. Seminar 12 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 14 - Physics Dept. Seminar 18 - Biology Dept. Seminar 19 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 20 - Biology Dept. Seminar 22 - CIS Dept. Seminar 25 - Biology Dept. Seminar 26 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 26 - Dean's Lecture Series 27 - Biology Dept. Seminar 28 - Physics Dept Seminar   September 2010   7 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 8 - Biology Dept. Seminar 10-17 - Homecoming 14 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 15 - Biology Dept. Seminar 15 - Dean's Lecture Series 28 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 29 - Biology Dept. Seminar   August 2010   25 - Residence Halls open for New Students 27 - Residence Halls open for Returning Students 30 - Classes begin July 2010  8 - CREOSA Seminar June 2010 Summer programs and internships begin  13-25 - ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp  27 thru July 24 - ISSP (Intensive Summer Science Program)   May 2010 3 - 6 - FINAL EXAMINATIONS 11 - Physics & Pre-Engineering Dept. Seminar 14 - Physics & Pre-Engineering Dept. Seminar 18 - Physics & Pre-Engineering Dept. Seminar 22 - Honors' Convocation 23 - Commencement April 2010 8 - CMNST STEM Seminar 17 - DSU Open House 23 - Applied Math Seminar 27 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 29 - Applied Math Seminar March 2010 4 - CREOSA Seminar 5 - DSUPENN Breast Cancer Seminar 9 - Mathematical Sciences Grad Student Meeting 11 - CREOSA Seminar 15 - 19 - Spring break 26 - DSUPENN Breast Cancer Seminar 31 - Honors' Day February 2010 11 - Founder's Day (postponed to Feb. 25th) 12 - Workshop "Peer-Led Team Learning: The Workshop Model" January 2010 9 - Delaware Brain Bee 12 - Classes begin 21 - Chemistry Dept. Seminar 28 - Physics Dept. Seminar 28 - DSUPENN Breast Cancer Seminar December 2009 3 - CREOSA Seminar 3 - CMNST & CAHSS Joint Seminar 10 - Last day of classes 11 - Reading day 14-18 Final exams 18-January 3 - University closed for Winter recess    

Grant-writing in the CMNST


Our faculty are encouraged to actively engage in Research and Innovation. Hands-on research comprises an important part of the overall educational experience afforded our students.

Writing grants within the College Research is an important part of the life of CMNST. As with every organization, department or entity, the College has a common set of processes that it uses to get things done. Here are just a few friendly reminders on how to most-efficiently get grants done within the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. Send first notification to the CMNST Dean & Department Chair of intent to prepare grant, and whether institutional support is desired. If the program limits the number of submissions per institution, please follow the procedure for Limited Submissions below. Complete on-line notification regarding intention to submit grant at Office of Sponsored Programs.  If applicable, secure persons to write support letters (i.e., Dept Chairperson, Dean, Provost, President, Collaborators, external stakeholders, anyone who must deliver on a commitment for the project to succeed). Make sure to provide project information and/or draft letters to support letter-writers. Include a due date for letter receipt. Follow up on support-letters.  Submit proposed budget for review to Chairperson, Dean's Office, and OSP. (Note: Any requests for commitment of release time, space, or other resources requires prior coordination with Dean at the start of budget development. Submit these proposals to Ms. Vanessa Nesbit for Letters of Commitment by the Dean.) Finalize budget—agreed upon by PI, OSP, Chairperson, and Dean. Submit final drafts of proposal, budget, & internal processing form to Dean’s Office for Dean’s signature and forward to the Office of Sponsored Programs 2-5 business days prior to agency deadline.  Also refer regularly to the Office of Sponsored Programs page links for specifics on institutional grant-writing protocols and important forms to be used pre-, post-grant award.    Limited submission RFPs: ** If you plan to submit a proposal to an agency with limitations on the number of applications that may be submitted per institution, use the procedure listed here: CMNST Proposal Writing Priority Procedure The purpose of this procedure is to streamline proposal applications for solicitations where the number of proposals per institution is limited by a funding agency. Investigators interested in applying for a grant for which the funding agency limits the number of applications that can be submitted by each institution must submit the Proposal Writing Priority form (PWP) by email to the associate dean for research, Melissa Harrington,  at least 60 days before the agency deadline for the full proposal or 30 days before the deadline for a letter of intent or pre-proposal. If more PWP forms are received by the internal deadline than the number of applications that are allowed, the associate dean for research, will convene an ad-hoc committee of two to four faculty members with related disciplinary expertise to read the PWPs and make recommendations for which application(s) should move forward based on the priorities of the College of Mathematics, Natural Science & Technology and the likelihood of the application being successful. The ad-hoc limited submission committee and associate dean for research will make recommendations to the Dean of CMNST and prospective PIs will be notified whether they will be able to submit the application no later than 45 days before the agency deadline for a full proposal, 20 days for letters of intent/pre-proposals. Once PIs have been notified that they are approved for submission of the proposal, they must also complete the Faculty Proposal Response form at the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).  Submitting the OSP form by itself will not establish priority for submission without completing the CMNST Proposal Writing Priority form as well. If no PWP forms are received by the internal cut-off date of 60 days before the deadline for a full proposal or 30 days before the deadline of a pre-proposal/letter of intent, then priority for submission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Investigators interested in applying for a limited submission grant for which the internal deadline has already passed should contact the associate dean for research and/ OSP to find out if the submission slots are still open.  Priority for submission is not established by the Faculty Proposal Response form at OSP, but by submitting a request/inquiry to the Associate Dean for Research. Proposal Writing Priority Form                                 Downloadable list of Limited Submission opportunities   Frequently used funding agency links: National Institutes of Health National Science Foundation Dept of Education Have additional questions? Contact Dr. Melissa Harrington, Associate Dean for Research, at or Vanessa Nesbit at ext. 6502.   Back to College Homepage  

CMNST: On a Mission

    WE ARE   the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology…      Vision Statement The vision of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology is to provide a high quality education in the sciences that prepares students for the global workforce, to promote scientific inquiry and innovation, to accelerate knowledge-based economic growth in our region, and to enrich scientific understanding within the community. Mission Statement The College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology provides undergraduate and graduate students with a rigorous and supportive student-centered academic environment that promotes learning and critical thinking. The College prepares students to meet global scientific and technological challenges, contributes to the diversification of the national science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce, and offers non-science majors a science and mathematics foundation that strengthens their ability to fulfill their career goals.    The College promotes excellence in scientific research and innovation, supports the generation and dissemination of new knowledge through the pursuit of strategic research areas that have the potential to become nationally renowned, and aspires to enhance the regional economy through scientific and technological innovation. The College strives to enrich the scientific knowledge of our communities, especially those associated with K-12 science and mathematics education. Our Core Values Community Integrity Diversity Scholarship Outreach       Back to College Homepage  

Programs of the CMNST

Hydrogen Storage Research Center


Neuroscience PhD

Introduction Delaware State University offers the only Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Neuroscience in Delaware — and is one of the most innovative in the mid-Atlantic region. Launched in 2007, this rapidly growing program combines the resources of three institutions and unites researchers from multiple disciplines working at the cutting edge of neuroscience. Our program unites neuroscience faculty from across Delaware in a statewide research and training network; partner institutions include the Nemours Foundation (associated with the A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital) and the University of Delaware. Our PhD students can pursue dissertation research with faculty from Delaware State University in three different departments, or any of its partner institutions. The neuroscience network’s size and breadth enables PhD students to explore the full range of neuroscience subspecialties, including Molecular biology Neurochemistry Neurophysiology and electrophysiology Neuroanatomy Diseases and disorders of the nervous system Psychology/behavior The program establishes a nurturing environment for emerging scholars, with emphasis on mentorship and collaboration. Professional Preparation Delaware State’s neuroscience PhD program cultivates a broad range of professional skills. Doctoral candidates have the opportunity to perform research and to collaborate with investigators in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, while getting first-hand experience in writing grants publishing scientific papers attending and presenting at national conferences teaching undergraduate courses attending seminars at DSU and partner institutions The program enables doctoral students to develop professional networks and build research skills, laying the foundation for a career in neuroscientific research. Research and Experience Delaware State University has active research projects in many different areas of neuroscience, including behavior development aging cellular / molecular clinical neuroscience biomechanics model systems of learning and memory neurophysiology Partnership with University of Delaware and the Nemours Foundation The Nemours Foundation associated with the A.I. duPont Children's Hospital has an active basic neuroscience research program, but no graduate program. The University of Delaware has neuroscientists scattered across six departments, but the only neuroscience graduate program is the Behavioral Neuroscience PhD program in the Psychology Department. DSU's neuroscience program will bring together neuroscience faculty across the state into a research training network. Six researchers at the Nemours Foundation and 16 faculty at UD are part of the neuroscience research and education network and serve as mentors for students in DSU's PhD program.   Both UD and A.I. duPont Hospital are less than a one hour drive from DSU, and all three institutions have videoconferencing capabilities making joint seminars, classes and an inter-institutional research training program easily managed.   Faculty DSU has fourteen faculty doing neuroscience related research in three different departments. Because the PhD program in Neuroscience is interdisciplinary and multi-institutional, doctoral candidates work with a broad array of faculty and are exposed to diverse perspectives, techniques, and theoretical approaches. Faculty members at Delaware State and its partner institutions are engaged in pioneering research funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and other agencies.  Current DSU Biology faculty with Research Related to Neuroscience Dr. Harbinder Dhillon: Chemotaxis and other odor-guided behaviors in D. melanogaster and C. elegans Dr. Michael Gitcho: Vertebrate models of Alzheimer's Disease Dr. Melissa Harrington: Multielectrode physiology with invertebrate and mammalian cell culture model systems Dr. Y. Hwan Kim: Vertebrate models of Parkinson's Disease Dr. Hakeem Lawall: Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease models using D. melanogaster Dr. Theresa Szabo-Maas: Zebrafish behavior Dr. Murali Temburni: Electrophysiology and epilepsy studies in an avian chick embryo model system

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience M.S.



For program information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences


Introduction The Master’s program in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience enables students to collaborate with high-profile researchers working at the cutting edge of the discipline. Built upon the combined resources of Delaware State and partner institutions, the program unites researchers from multiple disciplines, including: Molecular biology Neurochemistry Neurophysiology Neuroanatomy Psychology/behavior Delaware State has a historical relationship with the neuroscience graduate program at Drexel University (in Philadelphia) and more recently with the University of Delaware, so students can explore the option of completing their thesis research at one of these institutions. The program also offers complete preparation for eventual PhD studies, and culminates in an original MS thesis based on independent laboratory research. Many of the MS courses can be applied towards DSU's PhD in Neuroscience if the student is accepted into that program and passes the comprehensive examination to enter the doctoral level. Professional Preparation Delaware State’s MS program in neuroscience cultivates a broad range of professional skills. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors conduct independent research contribute to scientific papers attend conferences The program enables graduate students to develop professional networks and build research skills, laying the foundation for a career or further study in neuroscientific research. Faculty Because the Master’s program in Neuroscience is interdisciplinary and multi-institutional, graduate students work with a broad array of faculty and are exposed to diverse perspectives, techniques, and theoretical approaches.  Faculty members at Delaware State University and its partner institutions are engaged in pioneering research funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and other agencies. Research and Experience Delaware State University has active research projects in many different areas of neuroscience, including behavior development aging cellular / molecular clinical neuroscience biomechanics model systems of learning and memory neurophysiology  

Biological Sciences - Master of Arts (MA)

Introduction The Master of Arts (MA) in Biological Sciences serves as the core degree for those seeking additional academic credentials while offering academic enrichment, skill development, and career advancement for working scientists. Designed for professionals employed in biology-related fields such as health care, agriculture, environmental science, and teaching, the program equips graduates to take on new challenges and expanded workplace responsibilities. The primary options for MA track include: the MAGB (MA, General Biology track): a literature-based thesis in the biological sciences the MABE (MA, Biology Education track): an education focus for certified teachers Course selections allow additional flexibility. The program is structured to accommodate students’ work schedules. Many students enroll on a part-time basis to balance their professional duties with graduate school. In recognition of that need for balance, Delaware State does not require students to complete a laboratory-based research thesis for the MA degree. The M.A. degree Biology Education (MABE) concentration is designed for secondary or middle school teachers who desire a course of study which is strongly based in Biology, yet includes coverage of current areas of significance in Science Education requirements include partnership with DSU’s Department of Education to take graduate level education courses and a literature based thesis that is reviewed by a committee. The M.A. program requires thirty (30) graduate credits. Master’s candidates in Biology work closely with faculty members to design a literature topic. The program’s small scope and size ensures a high degree of direct interaction between professors and graduate students. Graduate students benefit from professors’ experience as well as their professional and academic networks. For those seeking research laboratory experiences, see the Master of Science (MS) degree in Biological Sciences. Professional Preparation Graduate students in biology at Delaware State develop superior academic and communication skills. They learn to design experiments, analyze results, present their findings to peers, and write for scientific publications. Faculty Master’s candidates in Biology work closely with faculty members to design a literature topic. The program’s small scope and size ensures a high degree of direct interaction between professors and graduate students. Delaware State’s biology faculty includes highly accomplished researchers and educators. Graduate students benefit from professors’ experience as well as their professional and academic networks. Research and Experience Although MA students do not participate directly in laboratory-based research, they can interact with active researchers and draw upon their wealth of knowledge and resources. The literature-based thesis requires extensive knowledge-based research since the final report is presented to a thesis committee. Although there are active, well-funded inquiries on campus in such fields as neuroscience, biofuels, cancer, DNA analysis, plant breeding, and gene manipulation; the topic can be selected by the student and an appropriate advisor / committee will be identified, if possible.        

Machine Shop Services


Normal Shop hours:

Monday  through Thursday

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Fax:  302-857-6176
Cell:  302-883-1756



The College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology houses a machine shop with the capability to service various tooling and fabrication requirements for interested publics. A modest-sized operation, The Machine Shop offers a quick turn-around time and a reasonably discounted labor rate.  If you have specific tooling requirements or questions about our capabilities, please contact Mr. Nick Quigley, machinist, at 302-857-6478. Machine Shop Equipment 14" x 40" Engine Lathe 17" lathe Standard Size Milling Machine 14" Vertical Bandsaw 7" x 12" Horizontal Bandsaw High-Precision, High-speed Sensitive Drill Press 3-in-1 Sheet Metal Machine (light duty sheet metal) Oxy-Acetylene Torch Set Miller Welder, Tig (Heliarc and Arc) CNC Milling Machine Cold Saw Surface grinder Belt and Disc Sanders Miscellaneous Hand and Support Tooling     Back to the College Home Page

Meet the Machinist

Nicholas J. Quigley

(Nick's bio)




Normal Shop Hours

Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact Information

Phone: 302-857-6478
Fax: 302-857-6176
Cell: 302-883-1756


  • lathe turning operations
  • limited sheet metal work
  • fabrication/modification, disassembly and reconstruction of tools
  • sharpening drill bits


Contact Nick Quigley, Machine Shop



NEWS | AWARDS & HONORS | NOTICES  News New CMNST Cabinet announced for the 2015-2016 Academic Year August 27, 2015 - Dr. Clytrice Watson, Interim Dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology, is pleased to announce the following persons as members of the re-organized leadership cabinet: *REVISED 1/6/2016 Interim Associate Dean for Research Dr. Melissa Harrington   Assoc. Dean for Students Dr. Cynthia van Golen    Sr. Management & Budget Analyst Ms. Vanessa D. Nesbit   Director of Assessment Dr. Andrew Lloyd    Interim Chair, Dept of Biology Dr. Charlie Wilson    Chair, Dept of Chemistry Dr. Cherese Winstead   Chair, Dept of Computer & Information Sciences Dr. Marwan Rasamny   Interim Chair,  Dept of Mathematical Sciences Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa   Chair, Dept of Physics and Engineering Dr. Mukti Rana   Director, Academic Advisement Center Mrs. Jarso Saygbe      College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology welcomes a New Interim Dean  July 1, 2015 - As of July 1, the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology has undergone significant managerial and personnel changes. Most notably, Dr. Clytrice Watson, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and previously Associate Dean for Student Success in the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology, has been named Interim Dean for the College. Dr. Watson possesses a Ph.D., Microbiology/Food Microbiology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD; an M.S., Biology, Delaware State University, Dover, DE and a B.S., Biology from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. She also received a Certificate of Academic Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC. In addition to being a tenured faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Watson serves as Director of the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) and the EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) undergraduate and high school summer research programs. Past positions of leadership include the Director of the Forensic Biology program, Associate Director for the MARC U*STAR program and the Director for Student Support and Scholarship. Her commitment to graduate and undergraduate research and mentoring is evident as numerous students have transitioned through her laboratory, thus making presentations at local, regional and national conferences. Dr. Watson was recently awarded the 2014 Excellence Award for Advising as a result of her dedication to advising and student success. Extramural funding includes the NSF Targeted Infusion grant, NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) and the NSF EPSCoR for the state of Delaware. Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, formerly Dean of the CMNST, takes his post as V.P. for Research, Innovation and Economic Development on a full-time basis. (Dr. Melikechi is also Director of the Optical Sciences Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) program.)  A full national search to permanently fill the position of dean will be undertaken in the coming months.    CMNST receives $300K donation from InterDigital Inc. for Mishoe Science Center lab renovations April 7, 2015 – At a public press conference, DSU President Harry Williams announced that a new donation had been received by the CMNST from corporate sponsor InterDigital, Inc.. InterDigital’s CEO Mr. William Merritt, Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Senator Tom Carper were among the honored guests in attendance. The purpose of this donation is to assist DSU in expanding its creative research capacity as funds will primarily be used to renovate existing space for the natural sciences previously used for faculty offices into student teaching labs. For more information about the grant, please see this link.     China research experience for LSAMP students February 25, 2015 – For the 5th consecutive year, Delaware State University will send 10 Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) students to Ningbo University (NBU), Ningbo, Zhejiang, China to do research in the summer of 2015. Each student will conduct research in one of STEM areas at NBU. The goal of this program is to provide DSU STEM students with valuable research experience and immerse them in the Chinese culture, thus preparing them for the future global job market. Funds for this opportunity are provided by the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Philadelphia LSAMP) through the National Science Foundation (NSF). The China Research Experience is organized by DSU LSAMP and the Office of International Affairs. Participants who complete all requirements of the China Research Experience will receive 1 Credit hour for Summer Session I, 2015. Requirements to be considered for the China Research Experience: Must be an LSAMP Member (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation). Must be a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident. Must be a rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior STEM major. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The tentative program dates are from May 18 to June 20, 2015. Applications are due March 27, 2015. Contact Ms. Christine Bissette for more information at ext 7869; Dr. Mazen Shahin (, Principal Investigator. Download a flyer here Printable Application is available here   Assistant Professor Michael Gitcho featured on WHYY talk about Alzheimer’s and “The TDP-43 Solution” February 1, 2015 – Dr. Michael Gitcho, assistant professor in the Biological Sciences department, was recently featured on the January 30, 2015 edition of WHYY’s “First” newsmagazine to discuss one area of inquiry in the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.. Research being conducted in Dr. Gitcho’s lab focuses on the gene TDP-43, which has been observed to be present in 50-60% of all individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease. Desired outcomes of this research would demonstrate an ability to turn off and on this gene in mouse subjects and hopefully offer promise of future techniques to control and eventually eradicate this dreadful disease. “First” is Delaware’s public media newsmagazine.”Each Friday night at 5:30 and 11 on WHYY-TV, First explores issues ranging from our economy and education to the arts and culture that make up the First State.” Click the following link to view Dr. Gitcho’s interview:        Dr. Noureddine Melikechi receives Excellence Award for Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa December 5, 2014 – Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology, and VP for Research, Innovation and Economic Development at DSU, recently received the Excellence Award for Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa at the Conference of the African Society for Engineering Management (AFRISEM), held in Istanbul,Turkey in November. This award was given in recognition of his work with the youth of his native country, Algeria. Read more here.    ^Back to Top Awards & Honors   Associate Professor receives prestigious Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award July 17, 2015 - Dr. Mukti Rana, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Physics and Engineering and an OSCAR Scientist received the prestigious Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award of $359,359 for three years. Dr. Rana and his team will be developing uncooled infrared detectors with low thermal conductivity utilizing nano-machining techniques. This new research will help to improve the performance of uncooled infrared detectors which are primarily used in night vision cameras for surveillance, defense and security. Dr. Rana is one of the 35 ONR YIP recipients out of 383 proposals.   Associate Professor among researchers receiving State award from Department of Defense July 8, 2015 - Dr. Renu Tripathi was one of two Delaware researchers announced by the Pentagon to have received the competitive Research Instrumentation Award from the U.S. Department of Defense this year. Dr. Tripathi, an associate professor in DSU's Department of Physics & Engineering, is one among 225 university researchers at 111 academic institutions selected to receive a total of $67.8 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. Read more about this award at   Graduate Student receives prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship; First at DSU April 8, 2015 – The Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology would like to congratulate Mr. Sheed Itaman as a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Fellowship for his research proposal entitled “Aging Neurons: The balance between Calcium Ion Flux and Cell Death”.  Mr. Itaman received his B.S. degree in biochemical and biophysical sciences from the University of Houston (2012) and is currently pursuing his M.S degree in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience under the direction of Dr. Michael Gitcho, Department of Biological Sciences. Mr. Itaman plans to achieve a PhD in neuroscience and establish his career in biomedical research. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. This is the first time a Delaware State University student has been the recipient of this highly competitive and prestigious award.   Mathematical Research Scientist awarded grant to further study in Biomedical Image Analysis March 25, 2015 – Dr. Sokratis Makrogiannis, Assistant Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Dept., was recently awarded a research continuance award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This research project, entitled “Quantitative Image Analysis Techniques for Studies of Aging Phenotypes and Age-Related Diseases,” is a 4-year grant that will fund Dr. Makrogiannis' research in the field of biomedical image analysis. Modern medical imaging technologies offer the opportunity to study the composition and morphometry of human body in ways that were previously impossible. These technologies can ultimately lead to early diagnosis of disease and more effective treatments. Nevertheless, these capabilities have created the need for automated image analysis techniques for identification and quantification of morphological patterns of anatomies. The development of computational techniques for morphometric analysis is the primary goal of this project. Dr. Makrogiannis, together with graduate student researchers, will build upon recent advances in medical image computing to segment muscle, regional fat, and bone in clinical CT and MRI acquisitions; develop image registration procedures to achieve intra- and inter-subject correspondence; and combine information provided by multi-modal imaging data collected in clinical trials. After these methods have been developed, they will address the hypothesis that quantitative use of clinical imaging can increase the prognostic accuracy. More specifically, they will use their novel research tools to study the relationship between body morphological changes and age-related pathologies."   Mr. Yury Markushin Awarded SPIE Officer Travel Grant February 2, 2015 – Mr. Yury Markushin, an Optics Ph.D. candidate in OSCPIEAR and the Department of Physics & Engineering, has been awarded the ‘Officer Travel Grant’ (~$ 2,000) from SPIE to attend the SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco, CA in February 2015. Yury will have an opportunity to attend a student leadership conference, technical sessions, and will present his work on “Multi-Pulse Detection Technique to Improve Timing Resolution of a LADAR System.” He will represent Delaware State University as the vice President of SPIE Student Chapter at DSU. (Article contributed by Dr. Renu Tripathi.)    Dr. Melikechi receives award from African Society for Engineering Management (AFSEM) December 1, 2014 – Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, and Professor of Physics, recently was honored by the African Society for Engineering Management (AFSEM) for his work in the area of African development. He was recipient of the Award of Excellence of Youth Empowerment and Development in Africa (Algeria).  Read more on his work here.   Chemistry faculty member awarded NSF Targeted Infusion grant in Chemistry August 20, 2014 - More congratulations go again to Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai for the $324,182 award  he recently received from NSF. The project supported by this award will create seminal knowledge related to chemistry taught in the context of green chemistry, environmental stewardship, climate change, and food security. Societal benefits of this project include improved educational opportunities for training students to tackle tomorrow’s sustainable society challenges. The project aims to produce graduates ready to respond to an increasing need for sustainability awareness and related problem-solving capabilities.    New NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant arrives on DSU campus Members of the team directing this initiative include Drs. Mukti Rana (PI), Dula Man, Wafa Amir, Hacene Boukari, and Theresa Szabo-Maas. July 31, 2014 - A team of CMNST faculty researchers, led by Dr. Mukti Rana (Assoc. Professor, Dept of Physics & Engineering) was recently awarded a  Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant by the National Science Foundation. This Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant, awarded to Delaware State University (DSU), provides funding for the acquisition of a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). This high-resolution imaging microscope enhances the research and educational capabilities at DSU, especially for students majoring in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  Thanks to this acquisition, DSU STEM students will gain “hands on” experience and training in this broadly-used technology. Further, the SEM is an impetus to stimulate new opportunities, and to develop new collaborative projects among DSU and non-DSU researchers.   Most particularly, it strengthens the mission of the NSF-funded Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology at DSU: the Optical Science Center for Applied Research. The goals of this MRI project are: (1) to develop and design novel materials for integrated circuits and their applications, (2) to assess the efficiency of (Deoxyribonucleic acid) DNA delivery systems, (3) to characterize estrogen receptor subcellular localization using teleost model systems, and (4) to characterize and probe the nanoscopic structures of diverse biopolymers. In addition, the instrument provides other capabilities such as energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy microanalysis system and electron back scattered diffractometer, which can be used to determine the elemental composition and crystallographic orientation of a specimen.  Thus, the instrument contributes to the successful realization of various ongoing research projects at DSU, including: i) the development of ultra-low power Indium Arsenic Nitride semiconductor transistors, ii) the fabrication of a nanofiber in situ electroporation chip to deliver DNA into cells, iii) the study of membrane-associated estrogen receptors in the Mauthner cell circuit of goldfish, and iv) the characterization of tubulin nanorings.   Chemistry faculty member awarded grant with U.S. Department of Energy July 23, 2014 - Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, and a member of the Renewable Energy Research and Education Center, was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $249,291 by the U.S. Department of Energy. The three-year award will fund the project titled: "Novel Silica Nanostructured Platforms with Engineered Surface Functionality and Spherical Morphology for Low-Cost High-Efficiency Carbon Capture." This is the first climate change-related research project at DSU and will contribute to reduction of carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels.   Geophysicist faculty member receives NSF award to study elasticity of deep Earth materials at high pressure and temperatures July 18, 2014 - Congratulations to Physics & Engineering Department professor, Dr. Gabriel Gwanmesia who received a three (3) year grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $300,000,  to, his own words, " the elasticity of deep Earth materials at high pressure and high temperature, in conjunction with synchrotron X-radiation." Combined with pertological and geochemical data, the results of the study could significantly enhance our knowledge of the mineralogical composition and structure of the deep Earth's interior.    Biology faculty awarded NSF grant to 'Expand Educational Cyber-infrastructure' at DSU June 23, 2014 - Dr. Andrew Lloyd (pictured above at far left, with co-PIs), faculty member in the Biological Sciences Department, was recently awarded by the National Science Foundation for his proposal, "Targeted Infusion Project: Expanding Educational Cyber-Infrastructure at Delaware State University" ($399,908). Dr. Lloyd said that the project "...will support the development and implementation of online teaching resources to enable faculty to deliver course content to students so that instructors can focus classroom time on active and problem-based learning." ^Back to Top   Notices Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Neuroscience applications now being accepted (Program dates: May 31 - Aug. 11, 2016) CMNST Financial Student Support Application now available for 2015 – 2016   MARC U*STAR Program scholarship application now available STARS returns to the DSU Campus! 10th-12th grade students have the opportunity to participate in summer classes, while residing on-campus for 4 weeks. Visit ^Back to Top See more in ARCHIVES►    

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