Summer 2021 CENFOODS Research Project

University of Delaware Center for Food Systems and Sustainability (CENFOODS)

Summer 2021 CENFOODS Research Project Funding Award


CENFOODS’ goals are to coordinate, integrate, and enhance UD’s research, teaching and outreach efforts on the sustainability of food production and surrounding ecosystems.

For more information about CENFOODS, please visit:

Generous donors have enabled opportunities to pursue sustainability-focused research at the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Newark farm, greenhouses, and botanic gardens during the summer of 2021. CENFOODS seeks University of Delaware postdocs, graduate students, and/or undergraduate students to apply for research project funding from $500 to $5000 that addresses CENFOODS’ goals. Funded awardees are required to showcase their research to the donors during the project period. (CENFOODS will work with awardees on showcase details.)

To apply for a research project funding award, please submit the following materials electronically as a single PDF to by May 1, 2021:

1) Research project proposal narrative including project period timeline (5-page maximum, including references)
a. Proposal must clearly show a link to CENFOODS’ goals.
b. Work must be conducted during the summer of 2021 at UD’s Newark farm, greenhouses, and/or botanic gardens.
2) Research project budget and justification
a. Projects can range from $500 to $5000.
b. Funding is only for research costs, not stipends/wages, travel, or computers.
3) Unofficial UD transcript of student applicant, if applicable
4) CV of student and/or postdoc applicant
5) Letter of support (cover email accompanying the single PDF is sufficient) from a research mentor (be it a postdoc or supportive faculty member) that illustrates
a. the potential for the applicant to conduct the research and
b. the willingness to support the project effort through mentorship, lab facilities, etc.

Research project awards will be announced by May 15, 2021.

2021 Edward A. Platz Memorial Scholarship

The New Jersey Green Industry Council (NJGIC) is continuing the scholarship program initiated by the New Jersey Agribusiness Association in memory of Edward A. Platz. This program promotes the tri-state area’s Agriculture and Green Industry students and assists them with their education.
Edward A. Platz is the founder of Plant Food Company, Inc. (originated under a different name) in 1946. He was very involved in the Turfgrass and Agriculture Industry, starting the first Liquid Fertilizer Formulation Company in the state. Mr. Platz passed in 1977.

Applicants to the New Jersey Green Industry Council Scholarship Program must be…
· Enrolled at any accredited 4-year college or university in the United States when receiving the scholarship
· Possess an academic rank of sophomore, junior, or senior at that time
· Applicant must be majoring in an Agriculture or Green Industry subject area (i.e. Plant Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Entomology, Ornamental Horticulture, Golf Management, Nursery, etc., or related field)
· New Jersey resident
· Demonstrate an intention of pursuing a career in production, agriculture, or the Green Industry

The NJGIC will award two (2) $1500.00 scholarships in memory of Edward A. Platz. Payment will be made September 23rd at the NJGIC Annual Golf Classic at Forsgate Country Club. Attendance is not a considering factor in determining the scholarship awardees.

Procedures and Deadlines
Applicants must submit the following…
· Completed application
· Official copy of transcripts from all colleges attended
· Two (2) letters of recommendation with at least one academic letter. Letters of recommendation are to be sent directly to the Executive Director of NJGIC.
· A 1-2-page typed essay stating current education and career goals
· A one-paragraph answer to the following question, “What has been your most important extra-curricular activity, your most important contribution to it, and what has your participation in it meant to you as an individual?”
· All information must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 3, 2021.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school, community, and personal activities, honors, statement of education and career goals, and an outside appraisal.
Final selection of recipients is made by the NJGIC Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified of the selection by June 4, 2021.

NJGIC Board of Directors reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of the Scholarship Program and make appropriate changes at any time.

Additional Information
Questions regarding the NJGIC Scholarship Program as well as all applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to:
Buddy Freund
NJGIC Executive Director
PO Box 166
Succasunna, NJ 07876
973-557-8674 (c)

Platz Scholarship Application

UDairy Creamery Student Management Team: 2021-2022 Internships


The UDairy Creamery is seeking undergraduate students to serve as the Student Management Team for the Creamery for 2021-2022 school year. Information on these positions, including responsibilities and compensation, is found below. While schedules can vary, Interns will work at the Newark Creamery 5-10 hours per week for the first 6 weeks of the Fall 2021 semester (If the intern has not previously worked at the Creamery) and an additional 5-10 hours working on internship projects*. After training, interns will spend ~10 to 20 hours a week on projects, 3-4 of these hours must be completed at the Creamery.

Working during the summer of 2021 and Winter Session of 2022 is not required but is encouraged. All applicants will report directly to the Newark Management Team.

The Creamery Student Management Team as a whole is responsible for:
· Development: What’s next at the creamery? Products, marketing, events to attend, education etc.
· Knowledge: Representing the Creamery in a knowledgeable fashion. Becoming experts on our philosophy, mission statement, and partnerships.
· Goal setting: Creating goals for interns and employees. Maintaining employee spirit and passion for the Creamery mission.

Applications are due by April 30th, 2021. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically through Handshake:
(1) Application letter explaining interest and qualifications for the position sought
(2) Complete and up-to-date resume
(3) Copy of unofficial transcripts
(4) Two letters (or e-mails) of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic background, accomplishments, and suitability for a leadership and/or managerial position
Current interns may reapply by submitting (1) letter of interest and (2) copy of unofficial transcripts.

Food Science Intern- Ice Cream

The Food Science Ice Cream Intern is responsible for developing new ice cream flavors, perfecting current flavors and ensuring the student staff is trained properly to ensure the safest and highest quality product. This position works directly with Creamery Management to plan out ice cream flavors accordingly and order ingredients for test batches.
· Collect and create new ice cream flavors. Research and development different ice cream products or frozen desserts we may feature at the creamery
· Construct test batches and revise recipes based on feedback and research
· Ice cream and novelty product cost analysis
· Produce Nutritional Information for past and current flavors – learn Genesis to make nutritional labels as well as update any current records
· Create HACCP plan for ice cream production in current Creamery and for new plant (under construction)
· Assist with transitioning flavor releases in store and production as well as daily production schedules and inventory
· Train and observe production staff to address training needs for production efficiency
· Manage and help create the training, equipment maintenance and sanitation protocols for the Creamery
· Keep Flavor recipe guide updated and easy to read
Experience with Food science or food production is preferred. Most shifts are worked at Newark Creamery. Compensation is $12/hour.

Employee Training and Development Intern

The Human Resources Intern is responsible for employee training and retention for the Newark UDairy Creamery, Moo Mobile and Go Baby Go Café. This position works directly with Creamery management to ensure our team is producing the safest and best product possible and also providing the highest level of customer service. Our team is what makes the Creamery so special. It is this intern’s responsibility to ensure all of our team has the resources needed to be successful.

Duties include but are not limited to:
· Assist management in interviewing and hiring new employees
· Train new employees and student supervisors. Edit and complete training guides.
· Assist in developing Student supervisor training and orientation
· Create job descriptions
· Work one on one with new employees
· Develop, update and implement training guides, cleaning schedules, how to guides, etc.
· Edit employee handbook
· Work with management to conduct employee evaluations
· Conduct evaluations with employees
· Organize team bonding events
· Organize end of year formal
· Pursue employee feedback to make the creamery a better place!

Communication skills are a must. This intern MUST have prior experience working at the UDairy Creamery. Compensation is $12/hour.

Landscape Exploration of Brazil Study Abroad Program

Learn about this exciting study abroad at an interest meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at 6 PM via Zoom (Join Zoom Meeting; password is 408306).

In the Landscape Exploration of Brazil study abroad program (W2022) students will study how humans interact with plants while learning methods to capture details in the landscape using freehand sketching and journaling.  The program will begin in the Amazon rain forest where students will explore local fauna, flora and culture.  We will then fly to Rio de Janeiro and stay in a hotel about one block from Ipanema beach.  We will see how the work of the famous landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx impacts Brazilian culture in public and private gardens in and around Rio. We will also enjoy the beach, modern art museums and various cultural events such as samba and the famous “hippie fair”. Students will interact with members of the landscape firm Roberto Burle Marx, LTD as they study a variety of Brazilian landscapes and artists.  The two courses, Plants and Human Culture and Landscape Drawing will include some classroom sessions as well as a wide variety of field trips to local gardens, museums, and parks.  The program will be led by Sue Barton.  If you are interested, come to the Interest Meeting on the 24th or send Dr. Barton  an email  and you will be placed on an “Interest List” to keep you apprised of program planning updates.