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Wesley Students Present at the 12th Annual Delaware Space Grant Research Symposium

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 11:04am

Dr. D’Souza, Gulledge, Wirick, Neff, Skivers, Dr. Shuman

Wesley College faculty, staff and students attended the 12th Annual Delaware Space Grant Research Symposium hosted by Delaware State University on April 13. Several Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) students presented research outcomes at the event.

The Delaware Space Grant Consortium (DESGC) was established in 1991 and is funded by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The goal of the Consortium is to train students and researchers in the state of Delaware in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and geography by offering academic-year scholarship and fellowship opportunities to undergraduates and graduates who attend colleges in the Consortium. Colleges in the Consortium include Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, Swarthmore College, Wilmington University, University of Delaware, Villanova University and Wesley College.

Wesley students that made oral presentation of their research include Olivia Gulledge, 2017-2018 Graduate Fellow and Lily Neff, 2017-2018 Undergraduate Tuition Award. Jeremy Wirick, 2017-2018 Undergraduate Tuition Award and Undergraduate Summer Internship Award, and Michael Skivers, presented posters.

Gulledge presented “Dendroecologically Understanding Chamaecyparis thyoides Resiliency to Salinity Intrusion.” Her faculty sponsor was Wesley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Dr. Stephanie Stotts.

Gulledge received the NASA DESGC Fellowship award ($27K) to complete her graduate work in dendroecology (for a study on the impacts of sea-level rise on the tree rings in DE) continuing with her mentor Dr. Stotts.

Neff presented “The Transcriptional Response of Diverse Saccharomyces cerevisiae Strains to Simulated Microgravity.” This summer internship research work was completed at the NASA-Ames Research Center. Neff was also recognized for her work implementing a web portal to manage procurement and hazardous wastes – Quartzy, for the Wesley STEM department. Her faculty sponsor was Wesley Professor, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Department of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. She was mentored by Dr. D’Souza and Wesley Adjunct Chemistry Professor/ Laboratory Supervisor Kris Roeske. She received a $5K undergraduate tuition grant based on that effort.

Neff was recognized for her work implementing a web portal to manage procurement and hazardous wastes – Quartzy, for the Wesley STEM department. She was mentored by Dr. D’Souza and Wesley Adjunct Chemistry Professor/ Laboratory Supervisor Kris Roeske. She received a $5K undergraduate tuition grant based on that effort.

In addition, Wesley student Jeremy Wirick, received three awards. Two (a $5K undergraduate tuition award and a $4K summer internship award) for his undergraduate research work with chloroformate esters under the mentorship of Dr. D’Souza.

Three Wesley students were recognized with award certificates for their participation in the 2017 Wallops Flight Facilities “RockON” event. Wirick, Michael Skivers and Jose Santana developed a rocket payload and sent it into space at the Wallops Flight Facilities event.

Wesley faculty, staff and students included Dr. D’Souza, Gulledge, Neff, Wirick, Skivers, Wesley Assistant Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiatives, Dr. Kevin Shuman, Wesley Academic Research Grants Administrator Emily Wood, Wesley STEM Programs’ Assistant Melanie Pritchett, Wesley Professor of Mathematics Dr. Derald Wentzien, and Wesley Associate Professor of Mathematics Paul Olsen.