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Education Programs

Student research

The NEWBio education program featured three complementary programs:

Bioenergy Teacher Training Workshops

About the Program

Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs provided professional development and hands-on teaching tools for educators (grades 6 - 16, in-service and pre-service teachers and extension educators) who want to learn and teach about the Bioenergy systems currently in use and under development in the United States.

Through funding from the US Department of Agriculture, each one-week workshop provided scholarship packages to 10 accepted applicants per site. Educators in these workshops left with the ability to teach basic bioenergy and bioproducts concepts to students and other teachers in their school using hands-on activities provided by the program. The program provided school year follow-up support to Master Teachers using the kits and activities at their school.


Bioenergy Scholars Program

About the Program

The Bioenergy Scholars Program offered summer research work to undergraduates, who can apply to work at one of several universities in the Northeast US (including Penn State, Cornell, Rutgers, West Virginia University, SUNY ESF, and Delaware State University and others). After a one-week orientation program at Delaware State, students were brought to their host university to spend the summer working side by side with graduate students and researchers on important bioenergy topics. Students prepared a paper based on their work for presentation at the end of the summer.


Contact Kal Kalavacharla, Program Coordinator, or Tiffini R. Johnson, CIBER Outreach Coordinator

Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER)
College of Agriculture & Related Sciences
Delaware State University
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 857-6492
Fax: (302) 857-6402

Graduate Distance Education Program

About the Program

The NEWBio graduate distance education program provided scholarship support to students wanting to enroll for one of the following online courses from Penn State World Campus:

  1. Bioenergy Systems
  2. Bioenergy Feedstocks
  3. Bioenergy Harvest and Logistics
  4. Conversion Technologies for Bioenergy Production

Scholarships were awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must have completed at least a bachelors degree from a recognized university or college, and must enroll and participate in one of the above courses to receive the scholarship. Students who completed all four graduate bioenergy courses were potentially eligible for a graduate certificate in bioenergy from Penn State. In addition, outstanding students were eligible to apply to continue onward for a Masters of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems.


Contact Daniel Ciolkosz, program coordinator
249 Ag Engineering Bldg., University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814.863.3484


NEWBio (consortium members below) is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 
from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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