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Wesley College Students Earn Awards at National Chemistry Event

Posted April 11th, 2013 at 2:18pm
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From left to right: Gabriel Fernandez-Bueno, Catherine Gross, Jasbir Deol, Kyle Gillespie, Kaylee Miller, Aaron Givens, Brett Sansbury, Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, Maryeah Pavey, Victor DeBarros II, Olivia Hampton, and Ashley Harmon

Wesley College students have completed eight undergraduate chemistry research projects during the past year. Three earned recognition at the 245th National American Chemistry Society (ACS) Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, LA, from April 7-11.

Mentored by Wesley Professor of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza, eleven students; Gabriel Fernandez-Bueno (biological chemistry), Catherine Gross (biological chemistry), Jasbir Deol (biological chemistry), Kyle Gillespie (biological chemistry), Kaylee Miller (biological chemistry), Aaron Givens (biological chemistry), Brett Sansbury (biological chemistry), Maryeah Pavey (medical technology), Victor DeBarros II (biological chemistry), Olivia Hampton (biology), and Ashley Harmon (biology), presented eight posters at the event.

“Undergraduate research is an exciting opportunity that we offer our students here at Wesley,” said D’Souza. “To see them excel nationally is very rewarding and gives them a distinct edge over other their peers.”

There were more than 12,000 oral presentations and more than 4,500 poster presentations at the ACS Meeting and Exposition. Three of the Wesley College posters earned poster presentation awards. The students that received these awards were: Catherine Gross, Kaylee Miller, Brett Sansbury, Olivia Hampton, and Gabriel Fernandez-Bueno. The Wesley College undergraduate research program in chemistry is supported by grants from the NIH DE-INBRE program, the NSF DE-EPSCoR program, an NSF ARI R2 grant, and the NASA DE-Space grant undergraduate tuition award program.