Wesley College student Gabriel Fernandez-Bueno was awarded the 2014 Undergraduate Award from the American Chemical Society – Division of Environmental Chemistry. This is the fourth time a Wesley College student has won this highly-selective national award; in previous years fewer than 25 students have been selected.
Criteria for the award include being a full-time student majoring in chemistry, environmental engineering or other programs emphasizing environmental chemistry; maintaining a GPA greater than 3.5; participating in undergraduate research in chemistry, and having research published in peer-reviewed journal(s).
Graduating this spring, Fernandez-Bueno, a member of the honors program, will earn a degree in biological chemistry. The road to this recognition began in his freshmen year when he participated in Wesley’s DE-INBRE & DE-EPSCoR sponsored directed research program in chemistry. Two of his research projects evaluated the chemical reactivity of compounds that have patented herbicidal applications. His efforts resulted in co-authorship on two peer-reviewed publications; one in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences and another, in the Canadian Chemical Transactions.
“The award is a testament to Gabe’s dedication and effort as well as the College’s emphases on undergraduate research,” said Wesley Professor of Chemistry and Director of Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. “These research opportunities are available to students in their first year at Wesley and continue to build with their experience level.”
After graduation, Fernandez-Bueno will continue his education by entering a doctoral program. He was offered and accepted a full ride at the University of Florida School of Medicine in addition to a paid research assistant job.