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Office of the Associate Provost for Research


Research  (n): studious inquiry or examination aimed at the discovery and interpretation of new knowledge —Merrill Webster's Desk Dictionary


“Research” is what happens when you pair curiosity with knowledge, inspiration, perspiration and determination. The mission of the Office of the Associate Provost for Research (OAPR) is “to provide to those individuals who are admitted quality research opportunities and experiences that are consistent with the overall University Commitment.” The Research Division is also responsible for maintaining an infrastructure within a supportive environment that encourages both faculty and students to produce research with results that are making our world better every day (see Mission , Vision, Goals for more info). Join us in our quest for “new knowledge.” Prestigious research projects underway by DSU faculty members serve to enhance DSU's land-grant mission and its contributions to the nation's research efforts. View a sampling of ongoing research activity to see some of the interesting research going on at DSU. The Office of Sponsored Programs has more information about research and grant opportunities. DSU’s Hydrogen Storage Research Center The primary focus of the Hydrogen Storage Research Center is finding novel materials that can store and release large quantities of hydrogen gas at moderate temperatures and pressures. These materials can be used on board vehicles for hydrogen fuel cell applications. Materials are being sought that will absorb at least 6 wt. % hydrogen by the year 2010 and 9 wt. % by 2015 (DOE objective). The Research Center is involved in all aspects of hydrogen storage research including: fabricating and testing the hydrogen storage materials determining the amount of hydrogen that can be absorbed and released from these materials determining their thermodynamic stability finding catalysts that are suitable for certain reactions measuring the kinetics of uptake and release, and performing modeling studies to determine the mechanism that controls the reaction rates. Dr. Andrew Goudy, who has over 25 years of experience in this area, heads the Hydrogen Storage Research Center.   

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein .”

— Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist.


Research Projects

Research Partnerships and Collaborations

Listed below are some of the institutions who have partnerships and collaborations with Delaware State University in the areas of research:

United States Army Research Laboratories
State of Delaware
National Security Agency
U.S. Air Force
BP Foundation
American Psychology Association
DE Mental Health
American Chemical Society
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Ion Power
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Agriculture
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
National Science Foundation
United States Department of Defense
University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
Virginia State University
University of Delaware
Drexel University
University of Maryland – College Park
Lincoln University
Cheyney University
Morgan State University

And others…

The Research Center is involved in all aspects of hydrogen storage research including:

  • fabricating and testing the hydrogen storage materials
  • determining the amount of hydrogen that can be absorbed and released from these materials
  • determining their thermodynamic stability
  • finding catalysts that are suitable for certain reactions
  • measuring the kinetics of uptake and release, and
  • performing modeling studies to determine the mechanism that controls the reaction rates.



The Ethics Resource Site Archives of Public Events

The Ethics Resource Site Archives of Public Events   Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia-2014(PDF)   Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia-2013      Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia -2012 (PDF)       More photos>>>   Q.E.D.:  Natural Science Symposia - 2011 (PDF) 2011 Schedule:  A Series of Informal Presentations, in an Informal Environment, on Research in the Natural Sciences.     Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia - 2010 (PDF) 2010 Schedule:  A Series of Informal Presentations, in an Informal Environment, on Research in the Natural Sciences. Ethical Challenges in Scientific Research - February 11, 2008 Dr. John F. Ahearne, Executive Director Emeritus of the Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina delivered a presentation on "The Many Ethical Challenges in Scientific Research" on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 3:00 p.m at Delaware State University, Science Center North-117. Forum on Immigration - January 24, 2007 On Wednesday, 24 January 2007, The Ethics Resource Site sponsored "A Forum on Immigration."  Forum panelists included: Elaine Archangelo, Director, Delaware Division of Social Services; Jeanne Cashman, Executive Director, Sojourner's Place; Madeline Welch, Attorney, Community Legal Aid Society; and Louisa Terrell, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden.  This forum was held at 7:00 p.m. in the Longwood Auditorium of the School of Management Building on the campus of Delaware State University in Dover, and was free and open to the public.  Each of the forum panelists (from the perspective of her own area of expertise) was expected to do the following: to identify and explain some important features of the immigration process, to identify (in order to dispel) some popular misconceptions concerning immigration, and to identify some ethical issues concerning immigration and/or immigrants. Global Climate Change - November 14, 2006 Anthony C. Janetos, Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute delivered a presentation on "Global Climate Change" on Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., in the Longwood Auditorium of the School of Management Building. This presentation, "Global and Regional Issues in Global Change," was designed to demonstrate, scientifically, the impact of global climate change on the environment (including the local environment of Delaware as a coastal state), to enumerate some measures that individual people can take in order to mitigate some of the negative effects of global climate change, and to identify some ethical issues that are raised by the current conditions of global climate change. Dr. Janetos graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in biology, and earned both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in biology from Princeton University.

The Ethics Resource Site

THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE was established at Delaware State University as an intrinsic part of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII-1). Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with a 50% match from the State of Delaware, this program was designed to improve the scientific research infrastructure throughout the state of Delaware. THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE is maintained as a result of the EPSCoR: RII-2 grant, which is funded by the NSF (with a match by the State of Delaware). Administered by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), this program continues as a partnership of the following institutions of higher learning: the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical and Community College. Each of these partner institutions has its own unique, but complementary, project that, when taken in conjunction, advances the various strategic imperatives of the grant, the major focus of which is “to achieve a sustainable environment while ensuring a prosperous economy,” and the title of which is: “Building Research and Education Infrastructure to Enhance Environmental Science and its Application in Delaware.” Through the auspices of the EPSCoR: RII-2 collaborative agreement, the Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) has been established at Delaware State University. Housed in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, CIBER serves as the hub of a network of natural scientific researchers from all four of the Delaware EPSCoR partner institutions of higher learning. In addition to a director and staff to conduct the day-to-day activities, a Core Implementation Team and an Advisory Board serve to guide the on-going inter-institutional collaboration of research faculty in their efforts to secure grants, to conduct cutting edge natural scientific research, and to engage in educational and other outreach activities for the benefit of the citizens of the state of Delaware. THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE was established at Delaware State University as a repository of expertise in normative ethical theory and in applied ethics, in areas that include (but are not limited to): Environmental Ethics, Bioethics (i.e., ethical issues that arise in the biological sciences as well as those that arise in the field of health care),  Ethics in Technology, and Business Ethics. A main purpose of THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE is to serve the citizens of the state of Delaware in, at least, two fundamental ways: first, to raise awareness concerning ethical issues with which people are confronted in their daily lives (both public and private), and second, to address the needs of a variety of groups of people with respect to the clarification of ethical concepts and the understanding of ethical issues, both of which are relevant to such groups of people (e.g., people who share the same occupational, social, or ethnic concerns). Lectures, Forums and Panel Discussions In an effort to raise the awareness of members of the community-at-large regarding social issues that impact our daily lives as well as to promote an understanding of the ethical concerns and a clarification of the ethical concepts that are inherent in such issues, public lectures, forums, and panel discussions are sponsored by THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE. Ethics Seminars for Researchers, Faculty and Students In addition to serving the community-at-large, another purpose of THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE is to offer seminars and courses (on ethical issues that are relevant to researchers in the natural sciences) for faculty, post-doctoral research fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the partner institutions who are engaged in research activities which are related to the Delaware EPSCoR program. Professional Ethics Consulting Service For employees of governmental agencies, employees of business enterprises, members of professional associations, and members of other such organizations, THE ETHICS RESOURCE SITE conducts the following types of activities:   Ethics Seminars – which focus on specific ethical issues or topics that would normally be custom-designed for particular groups, Ethics Courses – which offer a more extensive learning experience on any of a number of professional ethics issues, and Ethics Conferences – which are designed for members of professional associations or similar organizations, and which can carry continuing education credit for members of such associations.  


2015 Q.E.D.: Natural Science Symposia Series



Stephen C. Taylor, Ph.D., Director
The Ethics Resource Site
Delaware State University
1200 N. duPont  Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
302.857.6635 (Telephone)
302.857.7679 (Facsimile)


Useful Links

Delaware EPSCoR
Science, Ethics, and Public Policy at the University of Delaware
Ethics Resource Archive of Public Events
Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER)
Delaware Environmental Institute

Support is provided by Delaware EPSCoR through the Delaware Biotechnology Institute with funds from the National Science Foundation (Grant EPS-0814251) and the State of Delaware.

Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Delaware State University

Innovative Technologies Breakfast

"Sharing Innovative Research since 2006"   On behalf of Delaware State University, it is indeed a pleasure for us to welcome you to the Innovative Technologies Breakfast (ITB)website and extend an invitation for you to attend the bi-monthly meetings. The purpose of the Innovative Technologies Breakfast  is to provide a network forum for Delaware's technology community, driving innovation, collaboration, and economic development in central and southern Delaware - in particular - and the state of Delaware in general. Additionally, it is our pleasure to highlight the University’s research activities and programs as well as those of our partners ranging from applied optics, energy, neuroscience, to homeland security research. ITB meetings are held bi-monthly on the second Thursday of the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December. The networking sessions begin at 7:30 a.m. with formal presentations from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; therefore, yielding a total time commitment of ninety minutes. On behalf of Delaware State University, it is our pleasure to extend to you a warm invitation to attend and participate in the various ITB activities that are planned throughout the year. You may register for the next ITB at ITB Online. Sponsors The Innovative Technologies Breakfast is sponsored by Delaware State University, and is co-sponsored by the Central Delaware Economic Development Council (CDEDC) and the Delaware Economic Development Office.(DEDO).

Office of Sponsored Programs

Overview Sponsored programs are those projects and/or activities which are originated and conducted by members of the faculty or, in some instances, by staff members. Such programs are supported wholly or in part by external restricted funds awarded to the university. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is a support structure and seeks to assist faculty members in a variety of ways — identifying funding sources; assisting with the development of proposals, including the development of a budget; proposal processing, which includes pre-and post-award administration of grants or contract; and review. In addition, the OSP is an advocate for a campus environment that is conducive to the research enterprise, and advises the administration on matters of regulatory compliance, internal sponsorship of scholarly activities and other related issues. The OSP is the primary mechanism for providing direct assistance to faculty and staff in identifying appropriate sources for external funds of sponsored projects and programs. Sponsored projects usually include a line item budget which states monetary needs of the project. This budget may or may not include indirect costs. Mission The mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs is to serve as an advocate for a campus environment conducive to the research enterprise and advise the administration on matters of regulatory compliance, internal sponsorship of scholarly activities and other related issues. The office also seeks to assist faculty members in identifying funding sources, assisting with development and review of proposals, and assuring compliance. Funding Opportunities Faculty Proposal Submission Response Form This form is to alert Sponsored Programs that you will be submitting a proposal for a particular grant announcement and to eliminate duplicate proposal submissions from DSU faculty. After you submit this form, you will be returned to the forms page where you should next print out and complete the Internal Processing Form.    

Goals and Objectives

• To provide technical assistance for faculty on pre-and post-award activities for grants and contracts.

• To identify new and innovative methods of obtaining support for the University.

• To obtain supporting documents from the University for certifications needed for inclusion in proposals and contracts.  

• To provide relevant sponsored program workshops and seminars.

• To serve as a liaison between the University and various agencies.

• To obtain institutional clearance for proposals.

• To provide databases and other resource materials for faculty and staff.

• To provide a resource room with various publications and computer equipment for faculty.

• To match interests and expertise of faculty with funding opportunities.

• To assist faculty with technology transfer issues.

• To aid in improving the institution's administration of post award activities.


Staff Profile

Dr. John N. Austin
Associate VP for Research and OSP

Ms. Renee S. Jones
Associate Director

Mr. Dennis L. Rubino
Research Administrator

Mrs. Earlene R. Jackson
Compliance Officer
Mr. Harold Hazzard
Contract/IT Specialist
Ms. Amber L. Cooper
Grants Accounting Administrator
Ms. Lynette K. Lee
Senior Secretary
Building 502
Office Fax: 302.857.6804

Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)

 $18.2 Million over 5 years: March 2014 to February 2019 NIH – National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) serves as the lead organization in the State of Delaware for the development of partnerships between major institutions of higher education in the State of Delaware relative to Biomedical Research initiatives.  The DBI spearheaded the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) and the INBRE has been a continuation of the efforts advanced through BRIN and the first two rounds of INBRE grant. Renewed in 2014, the Delaware INBRE renewal builds on the previous grant in furthering statewide development of biomedical research capacity in Delaware. While the BRIN was established to assist state organizations and institutions of higher education in building biomedical research infrastructure, the INBRE strengthens the capability of Delaware scientists to apply for and win RO1 grants in biomedical research by utilizing and building on the infrastructure established through the BRIN research grant.  Objectives The objectives of the Delaware State University INBRE are to: Expand research opportunities for faculty and students. Enhance the level of expertise of faculty and students. Provide a continuous forum for research ideas and involvement of students. Technology. Provide a network for easy access to research techniques, resources and technology. Improve existing research core facilities. Increase the outreach activities related to biomedical research. Improve the instructional delivery system and information technology system related to biomedical research. Encourage students to become involved in activities related to research as well as medicine. Enhance the recruitment efforts of minorities through continued introduction to the DBI core facilities. Research Core Multidisciplinary research projects are conducted in these three (3) major research areas: Cancer Cardiovascular Neuroscience   For more information, please visit the Delaware Biotechnology Institute or contact: Dr. Hacene Boukari Physics and Engineering Department DSU-INBRE Principal Investigator Email: Phone: 302.857.6511 Fax: 302.857.7482  

Student Research

Student Research Opportunities are available to qualified students

Student Research Application


Project Staff

Principal Investigator/Project Director (DSU)
DSU INBRE Project Coordinator
Participating Faculty Researchers:


  The Partners: Delaware Biotechnology Institute , the University of Delaware , Delaware State University , Wesley College , and Delaware Technical and Community College. The Purpose: Our goal is to foster a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration across the state and to enhance the research infrastructure at each of the partner institutions of higher learning within the framework of the theme of “complex environmental systems and ecosystem health.” At DSU: CIES and The Ethics Resource Site The interdisciplinary research focus is on scientific issues of concern in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region. The major long-term goal of this project is to establish a “Center for Integrated Ecosystem Studies.” An integral part of this EPSCoR project is an ethics and public policy component. The Ethics Resource Site has been established at DSU as a repository of expertise in both normative ethical theory and applied ethics, in areas that include (but are not limited to): bioethics, environmental ethics, and ethics in technology. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.