CESTA News Releases


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lena Fields-Arnold: (937) 376-6677
February 25, 2022

2022 Research Symposium Series Featuring Dr. Sakthi Subburayalu || Full News Release (PDF)


Monday, February 28, 2022
3-4 p.m.
Joshua I. Smith Center for Education & Natural Sciences Auditorium
Central State University

Join Dr. Sakthi Kumaran Subburayalu, Researcher and Assistant Professor of Soil Science and Agronomy at Central State University as he discusses Targeted Implementation of Agricultural Conservation Practices Using ACPF for Improved Soil Health and Water Quality.

Dr. Sakthi, who was recently named 2021 Conservationist of the Year by the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, has a bachelor's degree in Agriculture and a Master's degree in soil science and agricultural chemistry. He has a PhD in soil science from The Ohio State University. Prior to his work at Central State University, he worked as a Research Scientist at OSU with projects in digital soil mapping, water quality and urban forestry. Presently, Dr. Subburayalu is a project lead for a soil health and water quality project in the Great and Little Miami watersheds in Ohio. His research interests include soil and water conservation, data science in digital agriculture, application of machine learning and remote sensing for precision agricultural management.

The Weekly Research Symposium Series is designed to provide an overview of various research projects taking place at Central State University. Each week will focus on a different topic. The Series begins Monday, February 28, 2022 and runs through May 2, 2022

For more information email ssubburayalu@centralstate.edu


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lena Fields-Arnold: (937) 376-6677
January 28, 2022

Central State University 1890 Land Grant Associate Professor and Research Scientist Joins National Congressional Briefing || Full News Release (PDF)


Our Health, Our Planet, Our Future: The Urgent Need to Invest in Sustainable Nutrition Science congressional briefing, hosted by the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), was held via a live virtual teleconference on January 26, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The briefing, which explored findings from a recent UCS report titled, From Silos to Systems, found that federal investments in sustainable nutrition science—research and education at the intersection of food production, climate, environment, and nutrition—are insufficient to address national burdens of diet-related disease, climate change, and environmental degradation.

The panel brought the perspectives of leading scientists, farmers, and public health professionals from around the country, who spoke to the critical importance of sustainable nutrition science in their research and practice, and who offered recommendations that can help support healthy communities across the country.

Speakers included Senator Cory Booker-Chair, Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research; Senator John Cornyn, Chair, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness; and Central State University (CSU) College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture(CESTA), Assistant Professor of Research Brandy E. Phipps, Ph.D.

Among Dr. Phipps’ many notable accomplishments at CSU was a recent $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund the Sustainable Agriculture Systems (SAS) project. The historic project partners the expertise and efforts of all three types of Land-Grant Institutions – including College of Menominee Nation (1994 Land-Grant), Kentucky State University (1890 Land-Grant), and University of Delaware, University of Kentucky, and Mississippi State University (1862 Land-Grants).

“I was invited to participate in the Briefing because of my recent funding of our USDA-NIFA-SAS grant, which targets the intersection of food production, climate change, and nutrition/health equity. I was honored to participate and emphasized the importance of integrating research, education, and outreach – particularly to historically disadvantaged and excluded communities – in this type of work.”

Dr. Phipps’ research at CSU focuses on holistic interactions of biomolecules in plant extracts and foods; mechanisms of biomolecules in the prevention/alleviation of disease; and evaluation of nutrition and wellness needs and development of strategies to mitigate chronic health conditions in underserved and historically disadvantaged populations. Dr. Phipps has 20+ years of higher education teaching experience in the Biological and Life Sciences. She is particularly passionate about providing educational equity, advanced experiential Agri-STEM learning opportunities, and personalized mentoring to students who have been socially and economically disadvantaged.

“We are so proud of Dr. Phipps,” said Central State University President Dr. Jack Thomas. Innovation is in our DNA here at CSU and Dr. Phipps is one of the many fantastic researchers who is leading the charge and she provided great representation for Central State at this important congressional briefing.”

“We in CESTA/1890 Land Grant Programs are proud of Dr. Phipps,” said Michelle Corley, Ph.D., and Dean/Director of CESTA/1890 Land-Grant programs at CSU. “She represented us well, has put our Nutrition based research programs in the limelight, and primed our students' aspirations in the field. I look forward to her continued contribution to our quest for Agriculture Innovation here in CESTA at CSU.”


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lena Fields-Arnold: (937) 376-6677
January 21, 2022

Scholarships Available for Students Majoring in Agriculture and STEM Fields || Full News Release (PDF)

QR code will load web page of information when scanned with a smart phone.


WILBERFORCE, OH – Thanks to the USDA-NIFA, Central State University, Ohio’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is able to offer scholarships for students who choose to major in STEM and agriculture related fields at Central State University. Funds for the scholarship came from the $100 million awarded to the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Universities in the United States as a result of the Build Back Better Act.


Scan the QR code with your smart phone to load the scholarship application, or use the direct link.


The CESTA/USDA 1890 David Scott Scholarship, supports recruitment and retention, student engagement, mentoring, and training for undergraduate students at Central State who major in an Ag/STEM related field in the College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (CESTA).


The scholarship was recently renamed in honor of US Congressman David Scott, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, who successfully spearheaded legislation in the Build Back Better Act to provide permanent funding for student scholarships at the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant HBCUs.


The four-year scholarship awards eligible students up to a full ride and includes tuition, books, and room and board. Dean’s list and Merit scholarships are also available. High school seniors and college transfer students (including community college graduates) are eligible to submit an application for the award. Both high school and transfer students must have a GPA of at least 3.0.


To view all eligible majors and to apply visit:

https://forms.office.com/r/y7ZeffR6zi


To learn more contact gndao@centralstate.edu or call 937-376-6265.


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lena Fields-Arnold: (937) 376-6677
July 20, 2021

Central State University installs new Dean of the College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) and Director of 1890 Land Grant Programs

Dr. Michelle Corley of Central State University

Persistence bears the fruit of Academic Excellence says Michelle M. Corley Ph.D.


WILBERFORCE, OH – Central State University (CSU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Corley, Ph.D. as the new Dean of the College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (CESTA) and Director of 1890 Land Grant Programs at Central State University.


Dr. Corley has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the 1890 Land-Grant System (Teaching, Research, Extension), which includes matriculation of undergraduate and graduate students in the STEM areas of Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences (FANRHS) disciplines on both the global and domestic levels. She has extensive experience in building strategic external partnerships at federal, state, and international levels. Dr. Corley received her Doctor of Philosophy in Avian Molecular Immunology and Virology from Auburn University, Auburn, AL, Master of Science in Ruminant Nutrition and Rumen Microbiology from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, and her Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL.


“I am looking forward to leading the College of Engineering Science, Technology, and Agriculture in strengthening existing endeavors and building capacity to impact our stakeholders,” says Dr. Corley, who firmly believes in Central State University and the institution’s ability to fulfill the 1890 Land Grant tripartite mission of Teaching, Research, and Outreach Education. “I intend to operate with a high level of integrity, pursue excellence, be student centered, and to provide leadership through team building.”


“We are truly ecstatic to have Dr. Corley join us at Central State University and take a leadership role as Dean of CESTA. Having attended and worked her way through the faculty ranks at various land-grant institutions, I am confident that Dr. Corley will increase the intellectual capital and scholastic profile for this college” said, Dr. F. Erik Brooks, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central State University.


To learn more about Dr. Corley, email dbrown3@centralstate.edu or visit Central State University online at CentralState.edu.


Central State University Scholarship Applications Open Now for Students Majoring in Agriculture and STEM Fields


"This is an excellent time to consider attending Central State University and majoring in the science, technology, engineering, math or agricultural fields. These scholarships will position students, who would not ordinarily be afforded the opportunity to attend college, to not only attend, but graduate debt free. I am excited to be part of a University that is continuing to build on a 134-year history of investing in our student's success."
—Jack Thomas Ph.D., President of Central State University


Thanks to the USDA-NIFA, Central State University, Ohio’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is able to offer scholarships for Ohio students who choose to major in agriculture and related fields at Central State University. Funds for the scholarship came from the $14 million awarded to the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Universities in the United States as a result of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Scholarships support recruitment and retention, student engagement and mentoring, and training undergraduate students at Central State.


Applications for scholarships are now being accepted. The eligibility and the deadline for 1890 student scholarship has been extended. For this year only the eligibility criteria have been relaxed to include all Citizens and Nationals of the United States—which includes Ohio as well as out of state students who are eligible for this scholarship.


The four-year scholarship awards eligible students up to $60,000 which includes tuition, books, and room and board. High school seniors and college transfer students (including community college graduates) who are Ohio residents are eligible to submit an application for the award. The scholarship award is for the following majors:

Sustainable Agriculture (SAG)

Agricultural Education (AgEd)

Exercise Science (EXS) with a Nutrition minor § Agricultural Extension Education (AgExEd)

Agricultural Business (AgB)

Water Resources Management (WRM)

Environmental Engineering (ENV)


Applicants can also scan the QR code to apply.

Link to application
Applicants can also scan the QR code to apply.




High school applicants must have a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.8 and transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. To learn more or to apply for the 1890 Scholars Scholarship Program email gndao@centralstate.edu or call 937-376-6265.
Other scholarships available for STEM majors at central State University include:


Creating Excellence in Agricultural Workforce (CREW) Scholarship Application. This scholarship supports students majoring in Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Water Resources Management, Agribusiness, or Agricultural Education and provides up to $3,000 per year up to four years. Contact: Dr. Morakinyo Kuti: mkuti@centralstate.edu for more information on the CREW scholarship program.


Choose Ohio First Computer Science Programs of Innovation (COFCPS) Scholarship Application. This scholarship is for in-state freshman students majoring in computer sciences or seeking a cyber-security certificate. CSU current in-state students who are changing their majors to Computer Science or seeking a certificate in cybersecurity are also eligible to apply. It provides up to $10,000 per student per year for up to four years. Contact Dr. Manizheh Nafari: mnafari@centralstate.edu to learn more or to apply for COFCPS.


The Ohio Agribusiness Association Scholarship for continuing Students majoring in Agricultural Education, Sustainable Agriculture, or Agribusiness concentration. Two $1,000 awards are distributed every January. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is September 30 annually. Contact Jon Henry: jhenry@centralstate.edu to apply.


The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Award allows continuing students majoring in Agricultural Education, Sustainable Agriculture, or Agribusiness concentration to receive an additional $1,000 towards their education. Two awards are given each year and distributed in January. The deadline to apply is September 30 annually. Contact Jon Henry: jhenry@centralstate.edu to apply.


Marauder Choose Ohio First Scholarship (M-COF) Program: Incoming or transfer students with a 3.0 grade point average will receive an average scholarship of $3,920 for up to four years. M-COF scholars must major in computer science, mathematics teacher education, biology teacher education, chemistry teacher education, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial technology, biology, mathematics, and chemistry. Contact: Dr. Morakinyo Kuti: mkuti@centralstate.edu for more information on the MCOF scholarship program.


Marauder Choose Ohio First Honors Scholarship (M-COF) Program: Incoming or transfer students with a 3.5 grade point average will receive an average scholarship of $8,221 for up to four years. M-COF scholars must major in computer science, mathematics teacher education, biology teacher education, chemistry teacher education, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial technology, biology, mathematics, and chemistry. Contact: Dr. Paul Schlag: pschlag@centralstate.edu for more information on the MCOF Honors scholarship program.


To learn more about Central State University visit CentralState.edu.