A faculty member and three students of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at Delaware State University were honored for their research work at the April 9-13 Association of Research Directors (ARD) 16th Biennial Symposium in Atlanta, Ga.
Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, associate professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, received the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award for “Sustained Outstanding Achievement in Research.” The award is the highest honor given to an 1890 scientist by the Association of Research Directors, Inc., and carries a cash prize of $1,000. Dr. Dyremple Marsh, 1890 research director and dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, nominated Dr. Ozbay for the award. Her research includes seeking ways in which to preserve oyster habitats, which works as a filter to preserve water quality.
Brian Reckenbeil (l), a Natural Resources graduate student, shows his 1st place oral presentation award with his mentor, Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay.
The following DSU students also won awards for poster and oral research presentations at the Symposium:
Brian Reckenbeil, a graduate student in the Natural Resources Program, took 1st Place in the Renewable Resources, Bioenergy and Environmental Stewardship category. His oral presentation was on "Oyster Gardening – Where in Delaware's Inland Bays to Focus Shoreline Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) Rehabilitation Efforts?"
Melissa Schutte, a graduate student in Natural Resources Program, took 2nd place in the Renewable Resources, Bioenergy and Environmental Stewardship category with her oral presentation on "Natural Succession: Examining Vegetative Composition and Structure Progression on Restored Agricultural Land."
Ashley Draper, a senior Textiles and Apparel Studies major, won 2nd place for her undergraduate oral presentation in the Renewable Resources, Bioenergy and Environmental Stewardship category on the topic of "Fiber Comparison of Lyocell, Rayon and Cotton."
More than 700 people attended the event representing the 18 universities in the 1890 land grant system.
The Association of Research Directors (ARD), Inc. is the federation of the eighteen (18) autonomous 1890 land grant universities that provides coordination of research initiatives among member 1890 Institutions in cooperation with federal, state and private partners. It provides visionary and enlightened leadership to member institutions as they continuously address issues impacting their ability to overcome the food and agricultural research challenges facing the state, nation and world-at-large.