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Wesley College STEM Majors Present Research at UMBC Symposium

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 4:03pm
Wesley College STEM Majors Present Research at UMBC Symposium

Pictured Left to Right: Maryssa Roberts (Biology), Victoir Cahoon (Biological Chemistry), Ja’Ki Miles (Biological Chemistry), Anas Mahmoud (Biological Chemistry), Gloria Martinez (Biology), Alex Jean-Francois (Biology), and Alena Brown (Biology). Not pictured: Anthony Baker (Biology) and Osama Mahmoud (Biological Chemistry).

Nine Wesley College Cannon Scholars presented posters on at the 22st Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) campus on October 19.

The research symposium is open exclusively to undergraduate students to showcase research in the fields of biology, chemistry, and biological chemistry. This year’s event showcased more than 250 poster presentations. Wesley’s students presented research supported by the Delaware-IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program, Project WiCCED (Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware) a Delaware-Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, the NASA Delaware Space Grant program, and the Viriginia Polytechnic Institute and State university Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research (TOUR) Scholars program.

Anthony Baker, Gloria Martinez, and Maryssa Roberts presented research mentored by Dr. Kevin E. Shuman, assistant director of STEM initiatives.

Victoir Cahoon, Anas Mahmoud, and Ja’Ki Miles presented research mentored by Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza, professor of chemistry and dean of interdisciplinary/collaborative sponsored research.

Alena Brown presented her Project WiCCED (EPSCoR) summer research completed under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas E. Hanson at the University of Delaware.

Alexander Jean-Francois presented his TOUR summer research completed under the mentorship of Dr. Scott McCrickard, Dr. Andrey Esakia, and Dr. Deborah Good at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Osama Mahmoud presented research which resulted from a Wesley College-Green Clinics partnership under the mentorship of Dr. Fady Gerges, a DE pathologist.

Wesley College acknowledges support from an IDeA award from an NIH-NIGMS IDeA award (INBRE grant no. P20GM103446, DE-INBRE program), an NSF-EPSCoR award (Grant No. OIA – 1757353), the NASA Delaware Space Grant Consortium grant program (NNX15AI19H), and the State of Delaware. Additional support was provided by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise and the Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research (TOUR) Scholars program with a R25 grant (#R25DK112735) from the National Institute of Health.