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Wesley Receives $100K Grant from Delaware Economic Development Office

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 10:10am

Wesley College Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza recently received a $100K grant for STEM education research from Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) program. This one-year grant will allow for a post-doctoral hire to develop essential mentoring skills by working with STEM undergraduates specifically within Wesley’s Cannon Scholar program. The new hire will also coordinate the assessment of student engagement within the Cannon Scholar and STEM-Directed Research programs, contribute to scholarly publications and presentations, and collaborate with the Principal Investigator on the writing of grant reports and grant proposals. The grant will include stipends for STEM undergraduates to be involved in research, research supplies, small equipment and conference travel.

Wesley graduate Kevin Shuman has been selected for the position which starts in January.  Shuman who will graduate with a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Delaware Biotechnology Institute, completed his thesis under the direction of School of Marine Science and Policy Professor Dr. Thomas Hanson.

Shuman earned his B.S. degree in Biology (honors program) from Wesley and coauthored three peer-reviewed publications during his undergraduate career. In addition, Shuman was the recipient of several national and regional ACS (American Chemical Society) and Council of Undergraduate (CUR) awards.