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Wesley Students Present Undergraduate Research at NISBRE Conference

Posted July 7th, 2014 at 3:47pm
Dr. Malcolm D’Souza and students at the NISBRE conference

From left to right: Wesley College students Victor DeBarros II and Karri Jo Walls, Chair, Education and Professional Development Core, Delaware INBRE Dr. Rebekah R. Helton, Wesley College Professor of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm D’Souza and Wesley College students Catherine Gross and Jasbir Deol.

Wesley College biological chemistry seniors Victor DeBarros II, Jasbir Deol and Catherine Gross as well as biology senior Karri Jo Walls were selected to present their undergraduate research at the 5th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) conference in Washington, D.C. It was held from June 16 – 18 and celebrated the success of the two IDeA programs; IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).

Walls’ research examining the body mass index trends of Wesley students was featured as a special highlighted poster by the Epidemiology & Public Health Division and was promoted at a second showcase presentation on June 18.

“Presenting at NISBRE has been a great experience,” Walls said. “I have been able to speak with individuals in public health in order to further my research and network for future job opportunities.”

While at the conference, Wesley College Professor of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm D’Souza was a finalist for the Sidney McNairy Mentoring Award. This award recognizes a collegiate faculty member who is currently supported by INBRE funds, exemplifies the values of research excellence and is dedicated to teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists. The selection committee chooses up to five finalists.