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Grant-writing in the CMNST

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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.

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Writing grants within the College Research is an important part of the lifeline of the 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 things 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. Complete on-line notification regarding intention to submit grant at Office of Sponsored Programs. The web form is found at: http://www.desu.edu/faculty-proposal-submission-response-form. 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 7-10 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.  Frequently used funding agency links: National Institutes of Health National Science Foundation www.grants.gov Dept of Education Have additional questions? Contact Vanessa Nesbit at ext. 6502.   Back to College Homepage (c) Copyright 2013 DSU CMNST Dover, Delaware 19901  

CMNST: On a Mission

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    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  (c) Copyright 2013 DSU CMNST, Dover, Delaware 19901. All rights reserved.
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CREOSA/CAOSS
Hydrogen Storage Research Center

 

Neuroscience PhD

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  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 beahviors 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: Neuronal basis of behavior and electrophysiology Dr. Murali Temburni: Electrophysiology and epilipsy studies in an avian chick embryo model system Dr. Cynthia van Golen: Growth factors in growth and metastasis of pediatric neuroblastoma

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