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Wesley Cannon Scholar Student Presents at Posters on the Hill

Posted April 23rd, 2018 at 2:00pm

Wirick, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Dr. D’Souza.

Wesley College Cannon Scholar student, Jeremy J. Wirick, presented research at the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 2018 Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. on April 17-18, 2018.

Posters on the Hill is an undergraduate poster session held on Capitol Hill, allowing Congress members to see the value of a college education firsthand by interacting with students from across the United States. The event, which started in 1996, involves a highly competitive selection process, as only 60 participants are chosen each year out of hundreds of submissions. Through this POH program, CUR provided a valuable education-related advocacy opportunity for the Wesley team to discuss with the Senate and Congressional Staff of Delaware’s representatives.

Wesley College was the first Delaware College to be selected to participate in Posters on the Hill in 2008 and this is the sixth time a Wesley poster has been selected.

“Posters on the Hill received more than 400 competitive applications and accepted just 60 posters to be presented,” said Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza. “We are very proud of our student’s continued success in being selected.”

Wirick’s poster was titled “Will a change in the leaving group affect the rate and/or the mechanism of ROCOX solvolytic reactions?”  The chemistry undergraduate research project followed the reactions of 6 common pharmaceutical reagents. The study of their breakdown in common organic solvents provides the basic knowledge to minimize limitations and to improve the synthetic design in the chemical production process.

The College acknowledges federal and State support from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of General Medical Sciences – IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence program, the National Science Foundation -STEM program, the NSF- Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Delaware Space Grant Consortium program.

Pictured from left to right: Wirick, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Dr. D’Souza.

Visit Wesley’s flickr page to see more photos of the trip.