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Cannon Scholars Present at American Chemical Society Meeting

Posted March 29th, 2018 at 10:13am

L to R (Photo 1): D’Souza, Dina, Mahmoud, Wirick, Jean-Francois, and Adjunct Chemistry Professor/ Laboratory Supervisor Kris Roeske.

Under the mentorship of Wesley College Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza, several Cannon Scholars presented undergraduate work at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Expo.

Wesley students Jeremey Wirick, Osama Mahmoud, Mathew Dina, and Alexander Jean-Francois, presented their undergraduate research at the 255th ACS meeting in New Orleans on March 18 – 22.

“During the meeting we attended seminars and the industrial exhibits to learn the latest technical information in chemistry research and had several opportunities to network and interact with other multidisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs,” said Dr. D’Souza. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to explore all the options available to STEM majors.”

Biological chemistry majors Wirick, Mahmoud and Dina worked on building a consensus for the chemistry of chloroformate esters that are common building blocks in chemical synthesis. Jean-Francois, a biology major, presented findings from the Kids in Chemistry activities conducted in fall 2017. The program engaged roughly 350 students from grades K-8 in the state of Delaware. Their presentations were part of the 1,795 that went on during the conference given to around 16,000 attendees.

The Wesley College Directed Research Program in Chemistry is supported by grants from the State of Delaware, the NIH-NIGMS INBRE program, the NSF-EPSCoR program, the NSF S-STEM program, and the NASA DESGC program.