2017 Bioenergy Scholars Application
For details please visit: NEWBio Bioenergy Scholars
The College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) and the Center for Integrated Biological & Environmental Research (CIBER) partners with Penn State University and the Northeast Woody/ Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBIO) aiming to develop perennial feed stock production systems and supply chains for bioenergy crops like willow, switch grass and miscanthus. The consortium is led by Dr. Tom Richard from Penn State University and Dr. Venu (Kal) Kalavacharla, from Delaware State University is one of the Co- project directors. The goal of this project is to help develop renewable energy based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops in Northeastern region of the Unites States.
The NEWBio Consortium includes Cornell University, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, West Virginia University, Delaware State University, Ohio State University, Rutgers University, Drexel University, University of Vermont, the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Eastern Regional Research Center and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory.
As part of this grant, Dr. Kalavacharla and his team in CIBER were awarded $326, 141 to recruit and facilitate summer research for undergraduates in Bioenergy. Through this program participating undergraduates will be exposed to advanced bioenergy principles and practices by working with a regional bioenergy company or at a different NEWBio host organizations. These student learning experiences will be coupled with site visits to bioenergy fields and facilities, seminars by notable experts, and conclude with reflective final reports and poster presentations to their peers and colleagues at their institutions. From this program eight students will be trained every year and a total of 40 students will benefit through the Bioenergy Scholars Program over the next five years.