Wesley Cannon Scholars, Lily Neff (biological chemistry major), Edward Brandenburg (biological chemistry major), Mike Skivers (environmental science major), and Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, participated in the University of Delaware’s (UD) Delaware Environmental Institutes’ (DENIN) Pitch: 90 event.
The Pitch: 90 event is an elevator pitch contest where students explain their summer research outcomes in 90 seconds or less to a large audience and a panel of 20 judges. Dr. D’Souza was one of the 20 judges that hail from academia, local industry and state agencies at the competition.
“This completion gives science and engineering students the opportunity to explain complex scientific evidence based research into layman’s terms using every day analogies,” said Dr. D’Souza. “It helps them enhance their communication and presentation skills, while also showcasing their research.”
Cash prizes were awarded to the top five contestants, including a grand prize of $500 and all contestants were invited to attend a reception after the competition.
Pictured (left to right): Dr. D’Souza, Neff, Brandenburg, Skivers, and S Hallock DuPont Professor, Plant and Soil Science Dr. Donald Sparks, who is also the Principal Investigator for the Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DE-EPSCoR) program, the organizer and the event sponsor.