University of Delaware Cooperative Extension recently announced its 2010 Extension Scholars. This innovative program, open to rising UD juniors, seniors and graduate students, offers a 10-week internship with Cooperative Extension during the summer months. The Scholars began their work experience in early June.
The Scholars are: Stephanie Fraze of Newark, DE; Alexandra Barnard of Ellicott City, Md., Emily Johnson of Bridgeville, Del.; Marissa Gilinksy of Brick, N.J., and James Vari of Bear, Del.
The Scholars are engaged in projects that relate to their career interests. In the case of undergraduate Stephanie Fraze that means working with Carissa Wickens, a UD assistant professor of animal science, on equine education programs for youth and adults. For graduate student Marissa Gilinsky, it’s the opportunity to collaborate with Sue Snider, Cooperative Extension specialist for food and nutrition, on nutrition programs at summer camps statewide.
Jan Seitz, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of UD Cooperative Extension, created the Extension Scholar program in 2004 to give UD students an opportunity to become fully engaged in service learning, which has long been a hallmark of the Cooperative Extension Service.
“The work that Extension Scholars carry out each summer is integrated into their academic curriculum; meet the needs of local communities; provide structured time for reflection; and help foster civic responsibility,” says Seitz. “This year, our pool of applicants for the Scholar program was the largest ever. The 2010 Scholars are an impressive group and I am eager to see all that they accomplish this summer.”
Extension Scholars receive a stipend of $3,000 and, if needed, an allowance of $500 for job-related travel and/or housing. The program is funded by Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as other sources, including a generous contribution from Chet and Sally Dickerson. To receive information about the 2011 Extension Scholar program, contact Alice Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.