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Wesley Students Present Research at UMBC Symposium

Front row (L-R): Durrant, Deol, Gross, Wilson, Bilbrough and Williams. Back row (L-R): Welsh, Frame and Dougherty.

Front row (L-R): Durrant, Deol, Gross, Wilson, Bilbrough and Williams. Back row (L-R): Welsh, Frame and Dougherty.

Wesley College science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students Megan Durrant, Jasbir Deol, Catherine Gross, Alora Wilson, Ariel Bilbrough, Dionne Williams, James Welsh, Kyle Frame and John Dougherty presented posters at the 17th Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Baltimore, Md. on October 25.

The symposium is open exclusively to undergraduate students in the STEM areas of biology, chemistry and biological chemistry. The event sees about 200 mentor-approved contributions from more than 400 aspiring scientists. Wesley’s students showcased research they obtained during participation in the 2014 Delaware-IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)/Delaware-Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) summer internship program.
Dr. Stephanie Stotts, Wesley assistant professor of environmental science, served as the mentor for both Frame and Welsh. The two students were also supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)-EPSCoR program.

Durrant, Deol, Gross, Wilson, Bilbrough and Williams were mentored by Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, professor of chemistry. Durant, Deol, Gross and Wilson were supported through the National Institute of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences-INBRE program. Williams and Bilbrough received funding for their research via NSF-EPSCoR support.

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.