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Support Programs for Science Majors

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2016-2017 Scholarships & Programs Guide/Application

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For current information about scholarships and funding opportunities in your specific area of interest, contact your department chairperson.

 

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Student support programs for science majors at DSU 2016-2017 Scholarships & Programs Guide/Application  (download here) Funding your college education, and emerging from the college experience fully prepared for the 21st century STEM workplace, is, by far, one of the most difficult challenges you will face. There are many decisions to make that will potentially impact your future, in a very short amount of time. You already know that getting good grades is important, but what else does it take to be "competitive" in the current economic climate? What more should you be doing to better position yourself to further your education? What should you be doing to develop professionally, in your field? What scholarships, awards and internships should you actively pursue?   At Delaware State University, your advisor, along with the faculty and staff of the CMNST, are part of a TEAM that is ready and willing to advise and help guide you in what the best possible path is for YOU.   Our College offers information on several support programs for students of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines seeking college funds and research training opportunities:  AMRC — Applied Mathematics Research Center Research opportunities in applied mathematics, scholarships, enrichment programs (Contact the Mathematical Sciences Dept for details.) Graduate Partnership Award Graduate student tuition and stipend support for individuals pursuing doctoral degrees in select courses of study in biomedical sciences OSCAR (Optical Science Center for Applied Research)/CREOSA (Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications) Student research program with an emphasis on lasers and optics; scholarships, internships available Delaware EPSCoR RII — Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Student research opportunities in biological and environmental sciences for conducting year-round or summer research working with faculty research mentors in both the College of Agriculture & Related Sciences and the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology Bridge to the Doctorate: Greater Philadelphia AMP — Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences Scholarships for graduate/doctoral studies, career preparation, networking opportunities. (Contact Dr. Mazen Shahin for details.) HSRC — Hydrogen Storage Research Center  Studies in hydrogen storage and ecologically-friendly fuel storage options, scholarships and internships available. (Contact the Chemistry Dept for details.)    INBRE — Delaware INBRE - IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Undergraduate and graduate student stipends available in biomedical science-related majors, research opportunities, enrichment programs  MARC U*STAR - Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate research training program for rising juniors and seniors interested in obtaining PhD or PhD/MD degrees in biomedical research disciplines. Annual stipend; paid, intensive on-campus and external research experiences; participation in seminars on professional development; opportunities to present; travel funding to ABRCMS.  Mathematics Preparation Program (MP2) Preparatory course open to all incoming freshmen prior to taking college-level mathematics. Title III Revitalizing Education and Excellence in Mathematics and Science (REEMS) Program Teaching assistantships for adjuncts, graduate and talented undergraduate students to support students taking STEM gatekeeper courses. By recommendation of chair and graduate director only. Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program  Scholarships to provide financial support to STEM juniors for three (3) years. Concentration must be in teaching K-12 STEM subjects.    Additional Resources: ROTC — Army ROTC/ Air Force ROTC Program Leadership training in preparation for Army, scholarships and stipends available Work-study/Financial Aid Needs-based criteria, based on FAFSA eligibility, as determined by Financial Aid Office*     Back to College Homepage * Scholarships: Administered through Financial Aid Office   

DSU Science Programs for K-12

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  Science Programs Just for Youth K-12!   "Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."  ~John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty, 1929   The College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology is committed to providing a high-quality science-based education -- not just for university-enrolled students!      We are faculty, staff and students actively involved in inspiring and enriching the lives of the youth in our immediate (and extended) community aspiring towards careers in the natural and physical sciences through various outreach efforts. The programs listed below are available "just for youth K-12." They range from open-enrollment notices for summer camps, to information about new programs and scholarships available to graduating high school students specifically considering the sciences at DSU. Please click on the links to download information or feel free to contact the program administrators directly with inquiries.   Science Events (not necessarily during the summer) Summer Programs $$$ for College   Science Events (not necessarily during the summer) Are you a student who has an interest in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics? Then you won't want to miss this! Join us for the 4th annual Kent County Delaware Science Fair! Senator Chris Coons and a special guest speaker will be on hand to welcome and celebrate our students grades 5-12 who will show off their aptitude for science research and compete for cool prizes. Whether you would like to compete in the research expo or you just want to come see what your peers are up to, we hope to see you there! Visit www.desu.edu/kentcountysciencefair for more details.     Summer Programs What will YOU do this summer??    Now accepting applications, the Research and Engineering Program (REAP) is a 5-wk, non-residential research program open to h.s. students (grades 10-12) interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Download flier.  Back to top^       STARS at DSU! The Science and Technology Academy for Residence Scholars (STARS) program is a four-week, residential enrichment program on the campus of Delaware State University (DSU) for rising 10th – 12th grade high school students. The STARS program is designed to stimulate and extend the interest of high school students in the fields of mathematics, science, and information technology. Students will work in small group settings in science labs, computer labs, and classrooms at DSU, participating in hands-on activities in Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, English, and SAT Preparation. A limited number of scholarships are available. Dr. Mazen Shahin, Program Director. Click here to visit website and apply. Download flier. Back to top^   College $$$ for Science Students Scholarship in Mathematics and Science (SIMS) Available to Incoming Freshmen Scholarships are available to qualified incoming freshmen at DSU and offer two years of support to students who continue to meet eligibility requirements. Support is offered to meet the financial need of students defined by the Department of Education. (Cost of Attendance – Estimated Family Contribution) up to $8000. Click here to download application.  Back to top^

STARS

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Science and Technology Academy for Residence Scholars STARS 2016 The Science and Technology Academy for Residence Scholars (STARS) program is a two-week residential enrichment program on the campus of Delaware State University (DSU) for rising 10th – 12th grade high school students. The STARS program is designed to stimulate and extend the interest of high school students in the fields of mathematics, science and information technology. The science labs, computer labs and classrooms at DSU will be the setting for small group, hands-on activities in Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, and SAT Preparation. The majority of STARS instructors are DSU professors. The main objectives of the STARS program are: To increase science and mathematics-related knowledge, skills and confidence in a group of high school students. To increase the participants’ interest in and engagement with mathematics, science and technology and increase the likelihood that they will major in a science field in college. To increase the student’s familiarity with the large variety of careers in science.   Hear what people are saying about STARS! See more from our students at: STARS 2014 Blog   2015 STARS was partially funded by: *Tensor-SUMMA of Mathematical Association of America *I Could Do Great Things Foundation   Eligible applicants  We are recruiting students who... (1) Are rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; (2) Have a GPA average of B or above; (3) Have an interest in math and science; (4) Are motivated and enthusiastic; (5) Would like to experience college life; and (6) Would enjoy working with a diverse group of faculty and peers.     Program Highlights: Cost:  $1,000 per student On-campus living arrangements Cafeteria meal plan Small group, hands-on activities in Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, and SAT Preparation Field trips Collegiate experience Opportunity to qualify for future scholarships to attend Delaware State University    Program dates: The program runs Sunday, July 10 - Saturday, July 23, 2016. Apply by April 1st.  Printable application is available here.  Program dates: July 10, 2015 – July 23, 2016 Applications due April 1, 2016   Download flier here  
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STARS Program Contact: 

Dr. Mazen ShahinProgram Director

Ph: (302) 857-7055

 

Ms. LaToya Stephens, Assistant to the Director

Ph: (302) 857-7869

Graduate Partnership Award

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  Program Overview Thank you for your interest in Delaware State University's Graduate Partnership Award Program.  This program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Bridge-to-the-Doctorate program, establishes a "bridge,"  helping students to obtain a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science by providing the financial support to pursue graduate level studies, providing faculty mentors to guide students academically and professionally, and surrounding students with a support network of staff assisting them in accomplishing their goals.  The program seeks to encourage students’ interest in graduate study by removing the financial barriers associated with continued study and hesitancy surrounding admission pre-requisites. The successful applicant will plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Science, as indicated on the list of sanctioned programs of study (see below).  Applicants to the program are evaluated on the basis of their record of achievement, as well as their research experiences, motivation, and connection to their field of study.   We look forward to receiving your application for graduate admission to the Graduate Partnership Award Program.   Please forward your inquires to the Project Director, Dr. Melissa Harrington, 302.857.7117 or email: mharrington@desu.edu.   Sanctioned Programs of Study Master of Science Biological Sciences Chemistry Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Natural Resources Plant Science Food Science  Back to College Homepage
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Project Staff


Dr. Melissa A. Harrington
Project Director
302.857.7117

 

RISE-Scholars Program

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  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: cvangolen@desu.edu  Back to College Homepage
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Funded by the National Institutes of Health

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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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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 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, mharrington@desu.edu  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 www.grants.gov Dept of Education Have additional questions? Contact Dr. Melissa Harrington, Associate Dean for Research, at mharrington@desu.edu or Vanessa Nesbit at ext. 6502.   Back to College Homepage  

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  
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Programs of the CMNST


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 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.

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For program information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences

302-857-6510

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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  

Machine Shop Services

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Normal Shop hours:

Monday  through Thursday

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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302-857-6478

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

      

     

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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
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Nicholas J. Quigley

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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

Capabilities


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

Questions


Contact Nick Quigley, Machine Shop

 

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