What is CIBER?
The Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) was created to extend and nurture a valuable collaboration between Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, Wesley College, and the University of Delaware, originally achieved through EPSCoR RII-1. The Center, housed at Delaware State University’s College of Agriculture and Related Science, also seeks a self-sustaining structure to continue its growth beyond what EPSCoR originally provided. Since 2009, CIBER and its collaborators have strived to provide a better connection between the biological and environmental sciences, while simultaneously enriching our students’ undergraduate and graduate experiential training.
CIBER directly supports research and research-based learning in plant genetics, molecular genetics and epigenomics, water quality, climate change, environmental science, plant biotechnology, and bioinformatics. Students are encouraged to learn cutting edge techniques in a variety of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields (Check out our featured research presentations). Through these collaborations and research connections, CIBER seeks to actively and sustainably influence EPSCoR’s overall goal of positively impacting these four research themes for the state of Delaware: 1) effect of sea-level rise; 2) impact of climate change and land use patterns on water quality; 3) development and deployment of environmental sensors; and 4) innovations in environmentally sound renewable energy resources.
CIBER has primarily been known for providing access for students to a closely connected and collaborative research network. The Center works to be highly inclusive to all students, even those not directly funded. Students from various institutions have been introduced to the Delaware research collective and have given back to the network with successful research contributions.