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Wesley Student Receives National Undergraduate Environmental Chemistry Award

From left: Wesley College Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D'Souza and Deol

From left: Wesley College Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza and Deol

Jasbir Deol, a biological chemistry major at Wesley College, received the 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry during the College’s commencement ceremony on May 9. The award is given annually to full-time students enrolled in a chemistry, environmental engineering or related program who have completed at least one full year of study at their school by the date of the award announcement. Honorees are granted a one-year membership to the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and receive a certificate. The award is highly selective and was given to just 36 students nationwide this year.

Deol completed three research projects. “Statistical Methods for the Investigation of Solvolysis Mechanisms Illustrated by the Chlorides of the Carbomethoxy Protecting Groups NVOC and FMOC” was published in the Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry, “Integrative Wesley College Biological Chemistry Program Includes the Use of Informatics Tools, GIS and SAS Software. Project-based American Obesity Case Study Example Using ArcGIS Maps and SAS Software Applications” is in press to appear in Contemporary Issues in Education Research and “An Analysis of Leaving Group Effects in Chloroformate Esters” analyzed phosgene derivatives utilized as post emergence herbicides. Her research received support from an Institutional Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research grant, the NSF S-STEM Cannon Scholarship program and the State of Delaware.

Financial support was provided through the Delaware EPSCoR (Experimental Project to Stimulate Competitive Research) program funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Delaware DEDO program under grant number IIA EPS-1301765.

Financial support was provided through the Delaware INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) program funded by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences – NIGMS at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the State of Delaware DEDO program under grant number P20 GM103446.

Financial support was provided by the National Science Foundation S-STEM DUE grant through Wesley College’s Cannon Scholar program under award number 1355554 and the State of Delaware DEDO program.