The National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) awarded a new five-year, $20 million Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grant to a consortium of higher education institutions in Delaware.
The institutions includes: The University of Delaware (UD), Delaware State University (DSU), West College (Wesley), and Delaware Technical Community College (Del-Tech). The state of Delaware has committed an additional $4 million in support of Delaware EPSCoR between 2013 and 2018.
Delaware EPSCoR Director and Principal Investigator Dr. Don Sparks, S Hallock duPont Chair, plant and soil science, UD, will lead the proposal, Meeting Delaware's 21st Century Water and Energy Challenges through Research, Education and Innovation.
At Wesley, vice president of academic affairs and provost, Dr. Patricia Dwyer will lead a variety of educational student-engagement initiatives to infuse undergraduate research and inquiry into the newly developed Wesley core-curriculum. Dr. D’Souza will lead undergraduate research activities in STEM areas through an existing directed research program, scholars day projects, and the senior-research capstone projects. Emily Wood will serve as the grants compliance coordinator.
For more information: wesley.edu.