Wesley College placed 20 Cannon Scholars in paid summer internships throughout the region this summer, including three who took summer internships at the Delaware State University labs.

Biological chemistry students Rachel Piper and Matt Dina worked in DSU’s Department of Biological Sciences. Piper was mentored by Harbinder Singh Dhillon, and Dina was mentored by Murali Temburni.

Environmental science major Kassandra Rodriguez interned in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources and was mentored by Gulnihal Ozbay. Rodriguez’s research took her to Belize in Central America for a two weeks during the internship.

They presented their summer internship research at Delaware State University 2018 Summer Research Symposium on July 26 at DSU. Rodriguez’s research poster titled “Outreach Training Focusing on the Importance of James Farm Ecological Preserve in Sussex County” earned third place in the poster competition at the event. Funding was made possible through USDA NIFA Capacity Building Grant Awards 2016-06642.

Piper’s research was titled “Epigenetic Correlates of Handedness and Psychosis: A Caenorhabditis Elegans Model.” Her program was supported by NINDS grant #R25NS095371 and NIGMS-1P2OGM103653-01A1. Dina’s research poster was titled “Differential Binding of a Thyroid Hormone Receptor Beta Specific Synthetic Fluorescent Molecule JZ01 to Vertebrate Neuronal and Glial Cells.” Dina’s program was supported by NINDS grant #R25NS09537 and NSF HRD 1401026.