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Wesley Students Earn Awards at ACS Meeting

Photo (left to right) front row: Deol, Durrant, Williams, Bilbrough, back row: Love, Wilson, Gross, Malinowski and D’Souza.

Photo (left to right) front row: Deol, Durrant, Williams, Bilbrough, back row: Love, Wilson, Gross, Malinowski and D’Souza.

Eight Wesley students traveled to Denver Colorado to present six posters at the 249th American Chemistry Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition on March 22 -26. The theme of the event was “The Chemistry of Natural Resources” and student presented their DE-INBRE and DE-EPSCoR sponsored research in chemistry, most of which was completed during their summer (2014) internships at Wesley.

Students in attendance included Jasbir Deol (biological chemistry), Megan Durrant (medical technology), Dionne Williams (biological chemistry), Ariel Bilbrough (biological chemistry), Matthew Love (MAT program for STEM teacher preparation), Alora Wilson (biological chemistry), Catherine Gross (biological chemistry) and Laura Malinowski (biological chemistry). All of the students were mentored by Wesley College Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza.

Three of the posters earned award-certificates including, “Confirming the use of phenyl chloroformate as an appropriate addition-elimination standard in LFER analyses” authored by Deol and D’Souza. Durrant and D’Souza authored “Using regression analysis to determine the mechanism of solvent reactions,” and Bilbrough, Williams and D’Souza authored “Studying reactivity and leaving group effects in aryl chloroformate esters.”

Three of the students (Deol, Williams and Bilbrough) are Cannon Scholars, which is a Wesley program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scholarships in science, technology, engineering and math (S-STEM).

Williams and Bilbrough’s research was sponsored by NSF-EPSCoR, Durrant’s research was sponsored by NIH-NIGMS-INBRE and Deol’s research was sponsored by INBRE and EPSCoR.

The Wesley College Directed Research program in chemistry is supported through the NIH-NIGMS-INBRE (DE INBRE) program, the NSF EPSCoR (DE EPSCoR) program, an NSF ARRA award, and an NSF S-STEM award.

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.