Always Seeking New Knowledge
Delaware State University places a strong emphasis on research, constantly seeking answers to life’s questions.
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Agriculture, Science & Technology
Agricultural, natural resources and food sciences research answers questions to important aspects of our lives: where we live and what we eat, and the factors that impact both. This entails plant and animal science, ecosystem studies, food and nutrition science, the science behind textiles, habitat restoration and marine life.
Natural Resources Research
Learn more about fisheries, environmental and wildlife research at DSU.
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology
Nourishing the minds in the STEM field is important in enriching various medical and technological advances. These subjects include multidisciplinary projects and centers in the areas of biomedicine, neuroscience, computer and informational sciences, renewable energy, laser optics, laser-based technologies, biophysics and more.
Biomedical research at DSU, a collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavor, is primarily at the molecular, cellular and biochemical level and is focused on neuroscience, cancer biology and virology, biomedical imaging, and bioinformatics and computational biology.
Material Science and Renewable Energy
When molecular engineering and clever processing are synergistically coupled, it allows the chemist to tailor complex hybrid systems that intersect the fields of materials chemistry and renewable energy. This represents not only a new field of basic research but the development of novel advanced functional nanomaterials, which via their remarkable new properties and multifunctional nature, offer prospects for many new applications in the field of catalysis and nanotechnology.
- Center for Hydrogen Storage Research
- Center for Energy
Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR)
The main goal of OSCAR is to promote multidisciplinary research and education in optics and related fields of physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, mathematics and biology.
- Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA)
- Optics for Space Technology and Applied Research Center O*STAR (O*STAR Center)
Research Funding and Collaborations
Faculty have obtained research and educational funding through various agencies to support research projects and programs, establish centers and support student training. Developing partnerships with private and corporate sponsors, educational institutions, and federal and state agencies is central in establishing viable research programs.
Education, Health and Public Policy
Understanding how the policies that govern education, health care and social services must meet the various needs of the public creates a healthier social climate across communities.
Projects within the field of education discuss using language as a learning tool, providing quality STEM learning opportunities and how scientific reasoning, learning and education shape our lives.
Community Health Initiatives
These programs target behaviors including physical activity, smoking and nutrition through a community-based approach to positive health change.
Social Work and Our Community
These programs take a new approach to social topics such as family, community, culture and financial health.
Student Opportunities and Learning Facilities
DSU is home to various projects in which students can take what they have learned in class and apply it to real-world situations. Additionally, students are encouraged to utilize learning through various college centers.
A program through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Cooperative Extension Program at Delaware State University preserves the 1890 land-grant legacy of outreach education in Delaware by targeting diverse audiences, with special emphasis on those with limited resources, to help them improve their quality of life.
Early Childhood Lab School
Our early childhood students log many hours in our on-site licensed facility that serves toddlers and preschoolers from the local community. The Lab School enables early childhood education majors to work with seasoned instructors, develop classroom skills, get familiar with multicultural educational settings and interact with parents — all while engaging their passion for teaching and working with young children.
College of Agriculture, Science & Technology
The CAST has various unique centers that facilitate hands-on learning.
- 192-acre DSU Outreach and Research Center
- 75-acre Hickory Hill Farm
- The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium – Ranked 87th out of 535 (Index Herbarium) in the country with plant specimens dating back to 1799 and books dating back to 1737. It is also the only public herbarium on the Delmarva Peninsula.
- Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Center
- Microbial Safety of Aquaculture Products Center of Excellence
- Microbial Seafood Safety Laboratory – the only USDA-ARS lab of its kind in the country
- Scanning Electron Microscope
- Research Greenhouse
- Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER)
College of Business Centers
Our COB Centers provide assistance outside of the classroom for students and to members of the public seeking a business career.Delaware Center for Enterprise Development
DSU Optics Center
The Optics Center is home to OSCAR and all the research within the subject of optics. The use of lasers is growing rapidly in applications. As a result, degree recipients with expertise in optical science are in demand in the workforce and as professors to educate future generations.