International Plant Propagators’ Society Undergraduate Research

The International Plant Propagators’ Society-Eastern Region Foundation (IPPS-ERF) is currently accepting research grants to support undergraduate research in the areas of nursery production and/or plant propagation. Grants are for $2,000 to support research and student wages and the Foundation does not provide funds for overhead. In addition, there is an expectation that students will present their research at an annual IPPS-Eastern Region Conference in the form of a poster, provide a one-page manuscript for the IPPS-ER Proceedings, and make a short video acknowledging the grant. Additional travel grants and reduced Conference fees will be available to help support the presenting student at the Conference. The deadline for submitting the proposal is February 1, 2022. Proposal application forms can be completed and submitted online here.  Successful applicants will be notified by March 1.

What is IPPS?IPPS stands for The International Plant Propagator’s Society, an international association of plant production professionals, academics and students. IPPS provides a forum for sharing plant production knowledge to enhance the professionalism, knowledge and skills of its members. The IPPS Eastern Region Foundation was created in 2004 to support research and education in ornamental horticulture. IPPS Eastern Region has a long history of providing research support for projects important to the greenhouse and nursery industry.Please direct questions about the IPPS-ERF Research Grant program to Bob Geneve: rgeneve@uky.eduSHARE with your friends in Horticulture!Click IPPS-ER Foundation for more information.

Former Envirothon participants wanted

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is a sponsor of the 2022 Envirothon competition, which encourages students to think critically and creatively about the natural world and their place in it. Envirothon is looking for University of Delaware students who competed as high school students to share a little bit about their experience for the competition’s website.

Please contact Dante LaPenta ( of the CANR communications and marketing team.

2022 Lerner Business Analytics Case Competition Sponsored by Google

Announcing the
2022 Lerner Business Analytics Case Competition Sponsored by Google

Looking for something to keep you busy during Winter 2022? Look no further! Here is an awesome opportunity to apply your analytics skills (and build your resume) while on UD’s extended winter session (Spring term 2022 resumes on Monday February 7th).

This is your official invitation to the 2022 Lerner Business Analytics Case Competition

First, some Basics:

What is a Case Competition? Teams of students (undergraduate and graduate) all receive the same business case focusing on the same company. Teams prepare a 20-minute presentation proposing solutions to the question posed in the case. There are two rounds: the Initial submission is judged by Lerner faculty, the Final round is judged by Google company officials.

Your Team – 3-4 students (undergraduate and/or graduate) of which at least one (1) member must be from the Lerner College of Business. As with all teams, diversity in skills, backgrounds, and talents will take you far. Signups of team members and team names will take place at the Kickoff Event.

More about the Case Competition:

The Reveal of the case – Friday, January 14th 2022 at 6pm at the Kickoff Event: the case will be revealed, the rules provided, teams formed and registered, and a lot more information shared. You do not need to sign up/register to attend the Kickoff Event – just show up! The Reveal will be a Live Zoom Event: join us at 6pm

  • The case is sponsored by Google – you will address a challenge that Google is facing. Google is looking for recommendations/actionable items that they can implement within the next 6 months/one year. You will be asked to look at the issues that are presented in the case, then you dive into the data (massage/clean/analyze) and you present your recommendations (using visualization and storytelling).

Q&A and Presentation Tips – Friday, January 21st, 2022 at 6pm – by now, you have been working on the case for one week. Come to the Q&A with questions. A brief presentation providing presentation tips and how to ace your video submission will follow the Q&A.

The Competition – All teams will submit a video of their presentation no later than 12 noon on Friday January 28th, 2022. These videos will be reviewed and judged by Lerner faculty members. No late submissions can be accepted.

The Finalists – at 5pm on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 the top three teams who will go on to the Final Round will be announced via email.

Based on the feedback provided by our faculty judges, the top teams are encouraged to revise their presentations.

Final Round of the Case Competition will be 15 minute live, virtual (in Zoom) presentations on Friday February 4th, 2022 starting at 6pm. Teams will present to Google representatives.

Winners Announced – At 7:30pm on Friday February 4th, 2022, during a live Zoom Award Ceremony, the winners of the Lerner Business Analytics Case Competition will be announced! Everyone is invited to attend! Prizes supplied by Google.

And finally, the What-Ifs…

…I don’t know anybody else interested in participating? No problem! We’ll match you up with others looking for teammates at the Reveal on January 14th. The right teammates are key!

…I just started classes and don’t know anything? No problem! We’ll match you up with others looking for teammates at the Reveal on January 14th. We also have an optional event planned on Friday, January 21 at 6pm to give you industry insight and additional information to support your work.

…I’ve never given a business school presentation or I am not very good at presenting. No problem! The more presentations you do, the better you become at them! After this one, all the others will seem easier! Our first-round judges are Lerner faculty members and are very positive. They see this as the learning experience it is.

…I’m busy with classes. No problem! You’ve heard the saying, if you want to get something done, ask a busy person…that’s you! Busy and getting it done.

…I’m busy with work. No problem! With some thoughtful planning, good execution, and good teammates, you can make this work.

…I won’t know anything about the company/industry we’re studying. No problem! We’re providing background events and readings to bring you up to speed.

In all seriousness, case competitions are a great investment of your time and energy…the opportunity to use what you have learned in the classroom is second to none. The experience also provides more context for your future classes.

Start lining up your teammates or email Prof. Everard to let her know that you are a single-looking-for-a-team.

Updated schedules at the Office of Academic Enrichment

OAE Updates:

  • Winter Drop-in Tutoring will be available starting 1/3/22
    • OAE website will be updated the week of 12/20.
    • Monday
      • 3pm – 6pm virtual only
    • Tuesday:
      • 12pm – 3pm Tutoring Center, in person & virtual
      • 3pm – 6pm virtual only
    • Wednesday:
      • 12-3pm Tutoring Center, in person & virtual
      • 3pm – 6pm virtual only
    • Thursday:
      • 12-3pm Tutoring Center, in person & virtual
      • 3pm – 6pm virtual only
    • Friday:
      • 11am – 2pm – 6pm virtual only
  • Academic Coaching
    • Drop-In Hours will be offered; OAE website schedule to be updated the week of 12/20.
    • Appointments may be scheduled through Blue Hen Success.

SPRING 2022 Course ANFS 440/640: Comparative Histopathology

ANFS 440/640 is a course offered in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences. Classes emphasize pattern recognition of normal tissue and organ structure (histology), correlation of tissue architecture with normal physiologic function, and comparison to microscopic processes and lesions observed in the diseased state (histopathology).  Laboratories focus on recognition of diseased tissue compared to normal tissue structure with application of appropriate terminology and light microscopic techniques used in histologic and histopathologic analysis.  Comparative microscopic analysis across human and animal tissues and across fundamental disease processes (inflammation, necrosis, neoplasia, etc.) is emphasized.  Sessions will consist of 3 hours of lecture and 1.5 hours of laboratory weekly (4 CREDITS).   Coursework incorporates active learning experiences, production of a 3-dimensional tissue model or activity comparing normal and diseased tissue, and group problem solving to stimulate and promote independent thought, communication, teamwork, and critical thinking.

Free Tutoring for CANR Students

AGcelerate is hosting tutoring sessions for MATH 221 and CHEM 103 just for CANR students. For the rest of the fall semester, these sessions will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in room 049 of Townsend Hall. Present will be tutors from UD’s Academic Enrichment Center that specialize in these two courses. The tutoring is free and AGcelerate will also have some munchies to help you focus!

Please stop by if you need some academic assistance in these two courses!