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Wesley Cannon Scholars Earn Award Certificates at National Meeting

Posted March 18th, 2016 at 4:20pm

Pictured left to right: D’Souza, Neff, Jones, Toseef, Williams, Bilborough, Dina, Jeffries, Roeske and Luna.Wesley College Cannon Scholars presented six posters and three of these posters earned award certificates at the 251st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition: Computers in Chemistry in San Diego, CA. March 13-17, 2016. Eight students and two faculty members made the trip west. The biological chemistry students who received the awards are: Robert (RJ) Dina, Andreanna Jeffries, Lilly Neff, Dionne Williams and Katrina Mitchell.

“These students are gaining valuable research and presentation experience thus getting them better prepared for future STEM careers,” said Wesley College Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza.

Neff and Mitchell co-authored a poster (co-mentored by D’Souza and Wesley Adjunct Chemistry Professor/Laboratory Supervisor Kris Roeske) that described research for a computerized system (using a commercial platform – Quartzy) to efficiently monitor the purchasing, storage, handling and disposal of hazardous laboratory chemicals and wastes. Their poster when presented in the Division of Environmental Chemistry-Chemical Education received a certificate of merit.

Dina and Jeffries presented their work (mentored by D’Souza) on statistical analyses of alkyl chloroformate reactions in the Division of Analytical Chemistry-Chemical Education Section and earned an award.

Senior biological chemistry major, Williams presented a poster of her senior thesis work (with D’Souza) on carbonyl substrates that are beneficial in environmental science because of their ability to be recycled to create new chemicals. This poster earned an award-certificate from the Division of Environmental Chemistry.

Momina Toseef and Ariel Bilborough were also mentored in the D’Souza laboratory and were involved in Wesley’s continued solvent chemical analyses of chloroformate and fluoroformate esters – compounds that have great importance in the pharmaceutical and agricultural industry.

The other students that presented at the meeting included biology students Andre Jones and Austin Luna who co-authored a poster (co-mentored by D’Souza and Wesley Professor of Mathematics Derald Wentzien) which explored the activities organized for Wesley’s annual Kids n Chem program. The students developed a survey instrument to gauge the K-8 student interest in STEM fields.

The undergraduate research was made possible by grants from the Delaware (DE) Economic Development Office (DEDO program), the National Institute of General Medical Sciences–NIGMS (P20 GM103446) from the National Institutes of Health (DE-INBRE IDeA program), the National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR grant IIA-1301765 (DE-EPSCoR program) and the NSF DUE grant – 1355554 (Cannon Scholar program).
Pictured left to right: D’Souza, Neff, Jones, Toseef, Williams, Bilborough, Dina, Jeffries, Roeske and Luna.

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