Scholarships Available from the Horticultural Research Institute

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) will grant up over $25,000 in scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year.

These scholarships are made possible by nine endowed funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its donor firms consider graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. Applications are due no later than September 10, 2021.

• The Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. Scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, or VT
• The Spring Meadow Scholarship is awarded to students who are interested in a career in woody plant propagation, production, or breeding
• The Mugget Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to work in any aspect of the horticultural industry
• The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of MD, VA, or WV
• The Gunter Mecking Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to work in any aspect of the horticultural industry
• The Wright Family of Alabama Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to work in the horticultural industry, with preference given to Alabama students pursuing greenhouse careers

Scholarship applications are due no later than September 10, 2021 and may be accessed on HRI’s website at


Fall 2021 Involvement Fair

The Fall 2021 semester at the University of Delaware is right around the corner, and the University Student Centers is preparing to hold the biannual Involvement Fair. The involvement fair will be more accessible than ever with both in-person and virtual experiences.

The fair will involve three components: one-minute “about us” videos from participating registered student organizations (RSOs), open Zoom information sessions from Aug. 16-20, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., and an in-person fair on Monday, Aug. 30 from noon to 3 p.m.

The in-person Involvement Fair will be held on the North and Central Greens as they have been in years past, offering a central and accessible location for all students interested. The fair will offer casual and interactive opportunities for students to discover, explore, and connect with more than 300 RSOs on campus. Getting involved on campus helps students to make friends, feel part of the community, expand their interests, and hone skills for life after UD.

A virtual option is available between Aug. 16-20 for students, and complements the in-person event, offering the ability to browse and meet with groups over Zoom.

All portions of the event are free and open to the entire campus. For more information on this year’s virtual event, visit:

Entomology Lab Internship: 2021 Summer Full-Time (June -August)

The ornamentals IPM entomology lab has an internship available for 2021 summer. The intern will assist the extension specialist on a variety of projects which include: a study looking at impacts of mosquito control on non-target arthropods, management of spotted lanternflies and redheaded flea beetles and maintaining demonstration gardens for the management of various insect borer species on maples and ashes. Aspects of these projects include: insecticide efficacy evaluations, studies related to redheaded flea beetle biology, potentially spotted lanternfly insecticide evaluations and collections, work with reduced-risk or biopesticides targeting the management of root dwelling insects, use of entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi (biological control using inset pathology), choice trials and bioassay tests looking at arthropod behavior, demonstration plot management and plant installation, entomopathogenic nematode culture maintenance, greenhouse plant maintenance and propagation, geocaching with insects and diseases, prepare a presentation for speaking to green industry professionals, and assisting with fact sheets. Interns may also participate in site inspections with DDA nursery inspectors, this activity scouts nurseries for relevant pests.

Requirements: Follow guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing; need to have personal transportation available and will have opportunities to interact (at a distance) with professionals working in entomology on multiple occasions.

Compensation: will be discussed during an interview.

APPLY: Please send your cover letter and resume to Brian Kunkel, Extension Ornamentals IPM Specialist,