Wesley College faculty, students and alumni presented their research at the Northeast Regional Institutional Development Award Conference on Aug. 16-18 in Burlington, Vermont.

Among the speakers were Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Malcolm D’Souza; Professor of Mathematics Derald Wentzien; Assistant Director of STEM Initiatives Kevin Shuman; Assistant Professor of Biology Kelly Ann Miller; Wesley College students Jose Santana and Michael Skivers; and Wesley alumnae Riza Bautista, 2016.

D’Souza and Wentzien discussed their topic, “Undergraduate Data Science Research Projects form an Integral Component of the Wesley College Science and Mathematics Curriculum.”

Shuman’s poster presentation was on “Working with the Wesley College Cannon Scholars Program: Improving Retention, Persistence and Success.” This project was co-authored by D’Souza, Wentzien and Adjunct Chemistry Professor and Laboratory Supervisor Kristopher Roeske, 2011.

Miller’s poster presentation was “Integrating Project Based Learning into the Biology Course Sequence.” It was co-authored by Shuman.

Santana’s presentation was on “Geospatial Analysis Contrasting U.S. Obesity Rates and Impacts of Obesity on Dying,” and Skivers’ research was based upon“1999-2015 Comparison of Obesity Rates and Impacts of Obesity on Mortality in the NERIC States.” Bautista’s research was a case study on “Obesity’s Impact on Mortality in the US and within the NERIC States.”

NERIC 2017 is hosted by the Vermont Genetics Network and the University of Vermont and is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.