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2016

Undergraduate Research Funding Support - Fall 2017 Deadline May 5
April 12, 2017
The purpose of this funding is to expand the experience and breadth of an undergraduate’s education. Interested undergraduate students would work with faculty in the college of Agricultural Sciences to submit a funding proposal to cover wage and supply expenses working with a research group. Deadline for Fall 2017 proposals is by 5:00pm Friday, May 5, 2017.
Research Application for INnovation (RAIN) Grants Program - Full Proposal Deadline Mar. 17
March 16, 2017
RAIN is a source of competitive funds for researchers within the College of Agricultural Sciences who are prepared to take the next steps in transitioning technologies generated through their research to commercialization.
Giorgi Mushroom Company Fund for Mushroom Research - Deadline Mar. 20
March 16, 2017
Through the generosity of the Giorgi Mushroom Company, the College of Agricultural Sciences is able to announce the availability of $100,000 in support of mushroom research during the 2017/2018 fiscal year.
Sarah Chinn Kalser Faculty Research Assistance Endowment - Deadline May 15
March 15, 2017
The purpose of this endowment shall be to provide funds to support research and scholarly travel to College of Agricultural Sciences faculty whose research program has experienced a temporary lapse in funding.
Joan Luerssen Faculty Enhancement Fund and the Horace T. Woodward Faculty Development Fund - Deadline May 15
March 15, 2017
The purpose of these two endowments shall be to provide supplementary funds to support professional development and programs.
Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award - Deadline May 15
March 15, 2017
The purpose of this endowment shall be to support a College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member in their teaching or extension programs, with the intent that the investment will help the awardee leverage future funding opportunities in any or all of these functional areas, for Animal Science or Food Science.
Jeanne and Charles Rider Endowment for Support of Research on the Biotechnology of Food Crops - Deadline May 15
March 15, 2017
The purpose of this endowment shall be to support College of Agricultural Sciences faculty in their biotechnology research and teaching programs that give promise of improving upon food crop production and quality while protecting the quality and safety of the environment.
Stoy G. and Della E. Sunday Program Support for Fruit Production Research - Deadline May 15
March 15, 2017
The purpose of this endowment shall be to enrich the College of Agricultural Sciences by providing monies for fruit production research.
Graduate Student Travel Awards
March 4, 2017
The College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Travel Awards are available to any registered full-time Graduate Student advised by our faculty (College or Inter-College major).
College-level funding and support to be announced the week of March 13
March 1, 2017
The college is finalizing the solicitation for the following:
Paul Hand Award for Graduate Student Research Achievement - Deadline Feb. 28
February 8, 2017
The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students who are excelling in research and scholarly accomplishments. All full-time graduate students advised by faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences are eligible.
Paul Hand Award for Graduate Student Teaching Achievement - Deadline Feb. 28
February 8, 2017
The Office of Research and Graduate Educations is accepting nominations for the Paul Hand Award for Graduate Student Teaching Achievement. The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students who are excelling in classroom teaching. All full-time graduate students advised by College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are eligible.
Evans Family Award for Graduate Extension Achievement - Deadline Feb. 28
February 7, 2017
The Office of Research and Graduate Education is accepting nominations for the Evans Family Award for Graduate Extension Achievement. The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students who are excelling in extension educational programming. All full-time graduate students advised by College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are eligible.
Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research - Deadline Jan. 27
December 14, 2016
The Office of Research and Graduate Education is accepting nominations for the Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research. The purpose of this award shall be to recognize, tenure-track faculty, in the College of Agricultural Sciences whose significant accomplishments include exceptional and original agricultural research conducted at Penn State.
Roy C. Buck Faculty Award - Deadline Jan. 27
December 13, 2016
The Office of Research and Graduate Education is accepting nominations for the Roy C. Buck Award. The purpose of this award shall be to honor and recognize an untenured, tenure-track faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences, whose research involves the social or human sciences, for the best refereed article published in a scholarly journal in the previous two years.
2017/2018 Fellowship and Award Programs for Graduate Education in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Deadline Jan. 27
December 12, 2016
These Fellowship and Award opportunities are designed to enhance the recruitment of high caliber graduate students by strengthening departmental capacity to make competitive offers.
Common insecticides are riskier than thought to predatory insects
December 8, 2016
Neonicotinoids -- the most widely used class of insecticides -- significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used as seed coatings, according to researchers at Penn State. The team's research challenges the previously held belief that neonicotinoid seed coatings have little to no effect on predatory insect populations. In fact, the work suggests that neonicotinoids reduce populations of insect predators as much as broadcast applications of commonly used pyrethroid insecticides.
Penn State geneticists on cutting edge of effort to save ash trees
November 21, 2016
When Kim Steiner created an ash plantation on the edge of Penn State's University Park campus in 1978, few Americans thought about "climate change," no one had heard of the emerald ash borer, and the Yankees beat the Dodgers in the World Series, swinging primarily bats made from ash.
Researchers receive grant to test nanotube device for plant disease detection
November 21, 2016
An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers has received federal funding to test whether a nanotechnology device can be used to trap and concentrate plant viruses, with an eye toward providing early detection that could help protect crops from disease and reduce pesticide use.
American chestnut restoration effort getting a boost from molecular geneticists
November 11, 2016
Efforts to restore American chestnut trees to their rightful place in the North American forest ecosystem are progressing, although progress has come at a slower pace than once expected, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, who explain they have reached a pivotal point.
Animal Health and Disease Research - Deadline Today
November 8, 2016
Research and Graduate Education announces the availability of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Health and Disease Research Program funds and seeks applications from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences faculty that adhere to Section 1433 of Subtitle E (Sections 1429-1439), Title XIV of Public Law 95-113 (7 U.S.C. 3191-3201), as amended.
Penn State developer of gene-edited mushroom wins 'Best of What's New' award
October 20, 2016
The developer of a mushroom that is genetically modified to resist browning has received a "Best of What's New" award from Popular Science magazine.
College of Agricultural Sciences Strategic Networking Initiative Program - Full Proposal Deadline Today
September 19, 2016
Research and Graduate Education is offering the Strategic Networking Initiative Program for 2016/2017. The goal of this program is to capitalize on the collective expertise within our college and to invest in faculty-driven initiatives that will strengthen existing programs and promote new interdisciplinary research programs. The proposed programs should address one of the five CAS cross-cutting strategic research thematic areas and must focus on building research capacity and interdisciplinary research partnerships. Dr. Siela Maximova (snm104@psu.edu), Faculty Fellow for collaboration and team building, can assist with development of ideas and background information, if needed.
"NEW PROGRAM" SNIP – Competitive Graduate Assistantships - Deadline Oct. 14
September 19, 2016
The College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) Office of Research and Graduate Education is offering Competitive Graduate Assistantships associated with the Strategic Networking Initiative Program. This annual competition will create cohorts of students in innovative research areas to strengthen strategic networks. The program will fund 1 or 2 proposals that emphasize and promote interdisciplinary research across multiple departments/programs with the goal of building interactive graduate student-faculty teams. Research proposals must demonstrate high potential for significant extramural funding. Proposals from research teams established through the SNIP program will receive priority, but SNIP funding is not required.
First-of-kind study suggests cover crop mixtures increase agroecosystem services
September 7, 2016
Planting a multi-species mixture of cover crops -- rather than a cover crop monoculture -- between cash crops, provides increased agroecosystem services, or multifunctionality, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Where there's smoke and a mutation there may be an evolutionary edge for humans
August 11, 2016
A genetic mutation may have helped modern humans adapt to smoke exposure from fires and perhaps sparked an evolutionary advantage over their archaic competitors, including Neandertals, according to a team of researchers.
Penn State researcher awarded grant to study Zika transmission in United States
August 2, 2016
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a two-year grant to Jason Rasgon, associate professor of entomology and disease epidemiology at Penn State, to test whether common American mosquitoes can carry the Zika virus.
Penn State to help develop guidelines for growing industrial hemp
August 2, 2016
On July 20, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and institutions of higher education to grow hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) for research purposes. Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is working with the state department of agriculture to develop the policies, procedures and applications needed to facilitate and guide such research projects.
Trees rely on a range of strategies to hunt for nutrient hot spots
August 2, 2016
On the surface, trees may look stationary, but underground their roots -- aided by their fungal allies -- are constantly on the hunt and using a surprising number of strategies to find food, according to an international team of researchers.
Penn State bee research pollinates next generation of scientists
August 2, 2016
While Penn State has developed a reputation as a leader in pollinator research, the experiences of entomology alumni illustrate another key contribution to pollinator health. Penn State is playing a critical role in training the next generation of scientists to address problems — such as parasitic mites, diseases and pesticide effects — that are likely to take longer to solve than the duration of a research grant or even an entomologist's entire career.
Cleared for takeoff: University use of unmanned air vehicles resumes
August 2, 2016
Unmanned air vehicles are flying again at Penn State for research, teaching and public service under the auspices of the Office for Research Protections. A new UAV program will ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration rules and puts in place an insurance, registration and procedural infrastructure to govern the outdoor operation of unmanned air systems at the University.
Pollinators, pesticides in focus at Fruit Research and Extension Center
August 2, 2016
An apple orchard in full bloom: for many, a simple harbinger of spring. But for David Biddinger and his colleagues and graduate students at Penn State’s Fruit Research and Extension Center, the delicate blooms carry the promise of a future in which bees and pesticides can do their work in harmony at fruit farms across the nation.
Female deer disperse farther than males, present disease-control challenge
July 1, 2016
Fewer female white-tailed deer disperse than males, but when they do, they typically travel more than twice as far, taking much more convoluted paths and covering larger areas, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Picky eaters: bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen
June 28, 2016
Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers found that bumble bees can detect the nutritional quality of pollen, and that this ability helps them selectively forage among plant species to optimize their diets.
Researchers discuss importance of gender in international agriculture research
June 28, 2016
Gender researchers from around the world converged at Penn State in June to discuss the importance of incorporating gender concepts into international agricultural research. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Gender, Agriculture and Environment Initiative, the events kicked off with a symposium, followed by a three-week series of workshops funded by a two-year grant from the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research.
New book documents the rise and impact of women in agriculture
June 17, 2016
Researchers from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Ohio University have co-authored a new book, titled “The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture.” The book examines a recent cultural shift in agriculture, marked by an unprecedented number of women who have entered into farming.
Researchers to study how microbes become 'fungi in ant's clothing'
June 17, 2016
The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation recently awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to research teams led by David Hughes, assistant professor of entomology and biology, to study microbes in the genus Ophiocordyceps -- known as "zombie-ant" fungi -- and how they precisely manipulate the behavior of their ant hosts.
Thirty years of research supports cacao farmers, chocolate industry
June 17, 2016
When trade organizations representing the chocolate industry created an endowment in 1986 to support Penn State research on Theobroma cacao -- the cocoa tree -- the use of biotechnology to improve plants was still in its infancy. Now, three decades later, the endowment has grown, and along with it the scientific knowledge that is helping to promote economic security for cocoa farmers in developing countries and to ensure a reliable supply of the raw material needed to manufacture one of the world's favorite delicacies.
Study of fungi-insect relationships may lead to new evolutionary discoveries
May 26, 2016
Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of Penn State biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi interactions.
New research confirms continued, unabated, large-scale amphibian declines
May 26, 2016
Even though amphibian populations are declining sharply worldwide, there is no smoking gun to indicate a cause and thus no simple solution to halting or reversing these declines.
Simulation modeling is cream of the crop for ag researchers
May 26, 2016
As the agriculture industry adapts to new technologies, researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences are finding new ways to use computational simulation models to improve global crop management strategies.
Student-built grain entrapment simulator aimed at saving farmers' lives
May 26, 2016
An apparatus built as a capstone project by a team of senior biological engineering students was created to save farmers' lives by demonstrating extreme danger.
Confined-space manure ventilation design tool to save lives on farms
May 26, 2016
An online tool created by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will enable manure storage pit designers to develop less dangerous facilities.
New insect pest a threat to onion and related crops in Pennsylvania
May 13, 2016
An insect never before found in the Western Hemisphere has been discovered in Pennsylvania, and agriculture officials are asking growers and home gardeners to help monitor and manage the new invasive pest. The allium leafminer is a threat to several species of crop plants in the genus Allium, such as onion, leek, garlic, chive, shallot and green onion, warned Shelby Fleischer, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State and Philadelphia schools fight pests that trigger asthma
May 10, 2016
Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States. The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management, or PA IPM, program — a collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture — is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia to reduce asthma triggers in schoolchildren by preventing pests, including mice and cockroaches, from entering schools.
Redesigning roots to help crop plants survive hard times
May 10, 2016
Penn State scientists are helping crops survive drought and poor soils by redesigning their roots, from external architecture to internal anatomy.
Taste test? Deer preferences seem to help non-native invasive plants spread
April 26, 2016
Selective browsing by white-tailed deer likely is promoting the spread of some invasive plant species in northeastern U.S. forests, as deer avoid eating vegetation they find unpalatable.
On a green rooftop at Penn State, bees buzz for science
April 26, 2016
Bees buzz in the cool morning air on the green roof of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences' Millennium Science Complex on Penn State’s University Park campus. Three colonies have just been moved from the apiary to their new home.
Penn State researchers collaborate to combat bee declines around the world
April 26, 2016
Penn State's spirit of collaboration and interest in pressing global issues has made it one of the top universities addressing holistic pollinator health. Through continued research on diseases, diet and nutrition, and the sometimes unintended effects of pesticides, researchers aim to alleviate the problem of pollinator declines.
Gene-edited mushroom created by Penn State researcher is changing GMO dialogue
April 21, 2016
The term "genetically modified organism" is almost guaranteed to spark debate in the news and social media, on internet message boards and at the water cooler. Now, the work of a faculty researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has generated a new wave of attention to the ongoing dialog surrounding GMOs.
Tap water and table salt may be safer and cheaper for milk production cleanup
April 21, 2016
A safer option for cleaning milking systems on dairy farms may also decrease cleaning time and cost, according to a team of Penn State engineers.
Fisheries researcher receives award from U.S. Geological Survey
April 21, 2016
A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received an Excellence in Science Award from the U.S. Geological Survey for outstanding research.
Crops vs. caterpillars
April 8, 2016
Plants employ several strategies to ward off hungry insects, but the insects fight those defenses with weapons of their own—many of which are in their saliva.
World's livestock industry offers huge potential for greenhouse gas reduction
March 25, 2016
The massive global livestock industry holds the key to mitigating greenhouse gases from the agriculture, forestry and land-use sector, but actual reductions in the foreseeable future likely will be just a fraction of what technically is possible. That's the conclusion of a study conducted by an international team of researchers that included Alex Hristov, professor of dairy nutrition in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences
Coalition emerges to support farmers in effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay
March 22, 2016
As Pennsylvania renews efforts to clean the state's waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to craft a strategy in which farmers spearhead clean-water initiatives.
Keeping ribosomes stuck may stop virulent bacteria strain in its tracks
March 16, 2016
Compounds that stop a cellular rescue operation for stuck ribosomes may bolster the nation's defenses against biowarfare and bioterrorism, as well as create alternative antibiotics to handle increasingly resistant pathogens, according to a team of researchers.
Eastern U.S. forests more vulnerable to drought than before 1800s
March 15, 2016
Over thousands of years, most forests in the eastern United States evolved with frequent fire, which promoted tree species and ecosystems that were both fire and drought resistant. In little more than a century, humans upset that balance, suggest researchers, who blame the change, in part, on the well-meaning efforts of Smokey Bear.
Experimental biomass harvest a step toward sustainable, biofuels-powered future
March 15, 2016
The first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and bio-based economic development, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Eight Penn State faculty members receive Fulbright grants
March 3, 2016
Eight Penn State faculty members are recipients of Fulbright grants for the 2015-16 awards cycle. These awards give recipients opportunities to teach, do research, and immerse themselves in other cultures. Penn State is consistently among the nation’s top Fulbright producers in a program that is highly competitive and rigorously reviewed.
A level playing field
March 2, 2016
Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research is collaborating with the National Football League to monitor an online database about turfgrass to help keep professional athletes safe on game day.
Recoupling crops and livestock offers energy savings to Northeast dairy farmers
March 2, 2016
For Pennsylvania dairy farmers, producing feed grain on-farm requires significantly less energy than importing it from the Midwest, according to Penn State researchers whose findings may help dairy farmers save energy and money in the face of rising feed costs.
Increasing sustainable food production could empower Cambodian women
February 25, 2016
A team of researchers, led by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will launch a project designed to improve nutrition and empower women in Cambodia.
Better Blocker: New bio-absorbable medical foam headed to market
February 22, 2016
Jeffrey Catchmark, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is working to commercialize a patent-pending biofoam pad for wound and trauma care.
Fruits, vegetables, 'farm-to-fork continuum' vital to cancer prevention
February 22, 2016
After decades of research aimed at improving the yield, appearance and safety of fruits, vegetables and grains, it's time to focus science on the health benefits those foods can provide, according to a cancer researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
College of Agricultural Sciences promotes interdisciplinary research initiatives
February 22, 2016
Six projects have received funding from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences under its Strategic Initiatives and Networks Program, which aims to increase the capacity for interdisciplinary research by strengthening existing programs and promoting formation of new interdisciplinary research partnerships.
Penn State harnessing research muscle to fight infectious diseases
February 8, 2016
To help tackle the complexities of infectious disease dynamics, Penn State has developed an interdisciplinary approach to disease research, bringing together a diverse team of theoreticians and empirical scientists — representing such disparate fields as molecular biology, mathematics, plant pathology, entomology, genomics, statistics, physics, population dynamics and more — under a single umbrella. Now entering its 13th year in existence, Penn State's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics has become a global leader in infectious disease research.
Collaboration, research key to managing invasive species
February 8, 2016
Invasive species, such as gypsy moth and emerald ash borer, have had devastating effects on Pennsylvania's forests, and the keys to combating these threats are active management, collaboration and research, according to U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson. Thompson made his remarks during a forum on invasive forest species that he sponsored Feb. 5 on Penn State's University Park campus.
Study uses GPS to explore animal's relationship with the forest
January 19, 2016
A Penn State research study may soon have a better understanding of how to balance woodland creatures' effect on forest vegetation.
Food scientist Cutter receives Nesbitt Faculty Development Award
January 19, 2016
Catherine Cutter, professor of food science and food safety extension specialist focusing on muscle foods, has been named recipient of the Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Industry donation of graduate housing bolsters Penn State fruit research
January 8, 2016
Penn State graduate students and visiting scientists from other institutions play a critical role in many studies conducted at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, Adams County. And now, thanks to the financial support of the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, new graduate-student housing at the center will help ensure those contributions into the future.
Crouch Endowment for Viticulture, Enology or Pomology Research - Deadline Feb. 5
January 4, 2016
The Office of Research and Graduate Education is now accepting proposals for the Crouch Endowment. The purpose of these funds are to support research in Viticulture, Enology, or Pomology and to support students studying in these areas.