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Environmental Fellows

Bridging Science and Society

The DENIN Environmental Fellows Program supports doctoral students carrying out environmentally relevant research at the University of Delaware. The goal of the program is to help prepare students whose scientific research and interests demonstrate a clear link to societal needs and benefits. We anticipate that, over time, DENIN Fellows will pursue diverse careers across academia, the public and private sectors.

DENIN Fellows are selected to function as a team for two years and work together in ways that complement their primary academic programs. Fellows participate in and lead a select number of DENIN events and activities each year, including symposia and seminar series. DENIN will provide opportunities for networking with domestic and international scientists and leaders, as well as for professional development in areas such as effectively communicating science. Fellows may also propose new initiatives. 

Meet our 2014–16 Fellows:

Photo of Jean BrodeurJean Brodeur, originally from Connecticut, received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Southern California in international relations and is currently a marine science and policy Ph.D. student. As a former Washington, D.C., lobbyist who has returned to school in order to learn more about oceanography, she knows the importance of scientists and policy makers working together to create positive environmental change. Brodeur’s research focuses on the intersection between ocean acidification chemistry and policy.


Photo of Audrey GambleAudrey V. Gamble is a Ph.D. student in the environmental soil chemistry program at UD. Originally from Headland, Alabama, she received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry as well as her master’s in crop, soil and environmental sciences from Auburn University. Gamble is interested in research that connects agricultural practices to their environmental implications. She is currently seeking to understand the chemistry of phosphorous retention and transport in soils from the Chesapeake Bay watershed.


Photo of Mahfuz KhanMahfuzur Khan, from Jamalpur, Bangladesh, received both his bachelor’s and masters’ degrees from the University of Dhaka. He is currently a Ph.D. student in geological sciences at UD. Khan’s research revolves around arsenic contamination in groundwater and river deltas. He is interested in the sustainability of deep groundwater in Bangladesh as an arsenic-safe water source as well as the management of highly seasonal cross-regional and international river basins. Specifically, he has been studying in the Bengal delta in Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated regions in the world.

Photo of Kelsea SchumacherKelsea Schumacher, a student in the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, is originally from Bend, Oregon. She has a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering and a master’s in civil engineering from Oregon State University. Her Ph.D. research aims to determine the capabilities and capacity of the U.S. electronic waste recycling infrastructure, so that effective industry and policy measures can be designed to increase collection for recycling and close the loop on the lifecycle of electronic products.


Fellows are selected by a committee of internal and external reviewers. The fellowships include a $30,000 annual stipend. A cost-of-education allowance is also permitted; applicants may request up to $6,680 per year to be used for tuition, research supplies, or research-related travel. Fellowships are paid over a two-year period, as long as the Fellow remains in good standing academically. DENIN Fellows may not have concurrent RA or TA positions.

Address questions regarding the fellowship or the application process to DENIN Associate Director Jeanette Miller by email or by calling 302-831-4167.