Happy Birthday, 1890 Land-Grant Universities

A Tip of the Hat to Our 1890 LGUs Celebrating 127 Years of Cutting Edge Science, Education, Community Service

by Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director 

The author of the Act that created land-grant colleges, Congressman Justin Smith Morrill of Strafford, Vermont, had been disappointed that such educational institutions were out of reach for African-Americans. Almost 30 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act of 1862, the Second Morrill Act, creating our nation’s historically black land-grant colleges, was successfully shepherded through Congress by then Senator Morrill and signed into law Aug. 30, 1890.

After 127 years of experience and diversity in agricultural research, education, and extension, our 1890 LGUs are poised to develop leadership and human capital for our nation’s preeminence in the 21st century. That is not a bad legacy for the seminal ideas Justin Smith Morrill articulated in the 19th century.

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Mayville State University Students Visit MGEL

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At the beginning of this summer, the Molecular Genetics and Epigenomics Laboratory (MGEL) in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS), headed by Dr. Venu Kalavacharla, hosted three biology students from the laboratory of Dr. Khwaja Hossain, Associate Professor of Biology at Mayville State University in North Dakota. Mollee Crampton, an MGEL Research Technician, led the training project with the assistance of other staff and students at Delaware State University (DSU). Read more…

DSU Scientists Begin Work on $7 million EPSCoR Grant


Researchers at Delaware State University (DSU) received $7 million from NSF and the State of Delaware to study potential, non-food bioenergy crops and ways to protect regional waterways. The project is part of the $24 million Meeting Delaware’s 21st Century Water and Energy Challenges through Research, Education, and Innovation grant awarded to Delaware ‘s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the state of Delaware. The grant supports research performed by DSU and its partner institutions University of Delaware, Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC) and Wesley College. Read more…

The People Pipeline

Just as laboratories need pipelines for water and natural gas, they also need a “pipeline” that provides a continuous supply of people able to conduct research there. Making sure the people pipeline is full of well-trained individuals is one of the most important goals of Delaware EPSCoR. Read more…