Perdue Farms has awarded a three-year, $125,000 endowment funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to the University of Delaware to establish the Arthur W. Perdue Graduate Fellowship Program in the university's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. As an Arthur W. Perdue Fellow, the selected student will focus on possible research through the university's Avian Biosciences Center in the areas of broiler growth and efficiency, muscle biology and physiology, and emerging infectious avian diseases and their control.

Another area of possible research may focus on intestinal microbiology, physiology and impact on microbial populations, including those that present foodbourne disease challenges.

"The college is grateful to Perdue for providing funding for one of our greatest needs, graduate education," said Mark Rieger, dean of the University of Delaware's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. "Beyond the funding per se, the gift allows for a closer relationship between UD and Perdue, and we will learn much from each other as we collaborate."