Wesley College Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza attended the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem) in Honolulu, HI on December 15 – 20, 2015. More than 15,000 attended the event.
Dr. D’Souza was one of only 20 selected to present for the Active and Inquiry Learning in the Classroom and Laboratory special session incorporated within the area of Connecting Chemistry to Society. On December 18, Dr. D’Souza presented “Effective S-STEM program at a small Mid-Atlantic liberal-arts college.”
His abstract described Wesley’s success with S-STEM programs by stating “a decade ago, through support from an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (Delaware INBRE program), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research grant (Delaware EPSCoR program), and a State of Delaware grant (DEDO), Wesley focused on the undergraduate research experience to promote active research participation for undergraduates early in their careers. In fall 2014, with support from an NSF Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant, Wesley launched the Cannon Scholar program with special emphasis on closely-mentored practices that help participants gain the confidence, maturity, patience, and tenacity needed to remain competitive globally. Housed in Cannon Hall, the Wesley STEM programs now provide a learning environment where hands-on experience through undergraduate research is continually incorporated. This poster details some of the institutional goals and outcomes that have been achieved through these grant programs.”
The conference was sponsored jointly by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Korean Chemical Society (KCS), and the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS). The American Chemical Society is the host society for the 2015 Congress.