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Wesley College Science Student Receives National Award

Posted June 19th, 2013 at 11:58am
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Pictured (left to right): Wesley College President Dr. William N. Johnston, Wesley Professor of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, Wesley student Aaron Givens, Wesley Professor of Biology Dr. Kathleen Curran and Wesley Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Patricia Dwyer.

Wesley College biological chemistry graduate Aaron Givens ’13 is one of just 25 undergraduates nationally selected by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Environmental Chemistry to receive the 2013 Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry. The award requires the winners to have completed research in environmental chemistry related fields and maintain a 3.5 GPA or greater.

“Aaron excelled academically and completed two undergraduate chemistry research projects under my direction,” said Wesley College Professor of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. “In addition, his work which analyzed the mechanism of reaction of common precursors used in surface coating technology was published in the April 2013 issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.”

Givens’ other project was to build a database of physicochemical and toxicological properties of common pesticides that are used on farms in Delaware. Givens’ research was supported by the DE-EPSCOR, NASA-DE-Space Grant program and by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM12345.

This is not the first time Wesley College students have earned this honor, two other Wesley College students have been recognized in the past. Kevin Shuman ’09 was one of eight in 2009 and Anthony Darrington ’10 was one of 14 in 2010 to earn the award. Shuman is a fourth-year student in the Ph.D. Biology program at UD and Darrington is currently in the MD program at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Givens, a Laurel De. resident, has been accepted into the graduate Plant and Soil Sciences program at The University of Delaware and will be mentored by Dr. Donald Sparks, the S. Hallock duPont Chair at UD.