Students in the Summer Institute will:

Participate in ongoing research projects guided by faculty mentors. All students will meet with their faculty mentors on a regular basis and will be actively involved in a research project directly related to their personal area of interest for approximately 30 hours per week.

Meet other faculty and graduate students in the CANR and learn about the full range of opportunities available for prospective graduate students. Group discussions and seminars will be held each week with faculty and graduate students representing the core scientific disciplines in the CANR.

Interact with professionals in private industry, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations who are pursuing successful careers in agriculture and natural resources. Group seminars featuring outside speakers will be held each week for Summer Institute students.

Become familiar with the academic background and qualifications needed to be admitted and succeed in graduate school at UD. Representatives from the UD Office of Research and Graduate Studies will meet with students in the Summer Institute to explain the application process for graduate school at UD and provide information on financial aid opportunities.

Interact with undergraduate students participating in summer research programs in other UD colleges through seminars, workshops, and social activities. Social activities will be an important part of the Summer Institute and students will have the opportunity to travel to nearby major cities (Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC) as well as to the Delaware beaches and other areas of interest in the region.