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Wesley College students co-author peer-reviewed journal article with their STEM program advisor

Posted June 23rd, 2020 at 5:48pm

2018 CUR Posters on the Hill event (Wirick, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, and Dr. D’Souza)

Biological chemistry majors, Jeremey Wirick (BS, 2019) and Osama Mahmoud (BS, 2020) made significant undergraduate research contributions and earned co-authorship on a scientific article in the high-impact International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS). The IJMS article, a peer-reviewed open access publication, involved the collaborative efforts of the Wesley College team and chemical work that was completed in the laboratories at Northern Illinois University, and Hanyang University in Korea.

Osama Mahmoud (BS, 2020)

Both undergraduates completed their lab-work in Wesley’s Directed Research Program in Chemistry and Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza, Professor of Chemistry & Dean of Sponsored Research, served as their mentor. In order to provide useful knowledge to the chemical production process, the Wesley team on this project focused their study on the interactions between three alkyl chloroformate reagents in common binary aqueous organic mixtures. The published journal article can be accessed at

Through a highly-competitive process, Jeremy Wirick was selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) to present his chemistry undergraduate research outcomes at the CUR 2018 Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. In addition, both students, Jeremy (2019) and Osama (2020) were awarded the National American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award from the Division of Organic Chemistry.

Currently, Jeremey is a second-year graduate student in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Osama is entering his first medical school program year at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.

The Wesley College STEM Directed Research Program receives support from an IDeA award from NIH-NIGMS (P20GM103446, DE-INBRE program), an NSF-EPSCoR award (OIA-1757353; WiCCED program), the NASA Delaware Space Grant Consortium (NNX15AI19H), and the State of Delaware.