Several Cannon Scholars presented undergraduate work at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Expo, under the mentorship of Wesley College Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Malcolm J. D’Souza.

Wesley students Jeremey Wirick, Osama Mahmoud, Mathew Dina and Alexander Jean-Francois presented their undergraduate research at the 255th ACS meeting in New Orleans on March 18-22.

“During the meeting, we attended seminars and the industrial exhibits to learn the latest technical information in chemistry research and had several opportunities to network and interact with other multidisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs,” said D’Souza. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to explore all the options available to STEM majors.”

Biological chemistry majors Wirick, Mahmoud and Dina worked on building a consensus for the chemistry of chloroformate esters that are common building blocks in chemical synthesis. Jean-Francois, a biology major, presented findings from the “Kids in Chemistry” activities conducted in fall 2017. The program engaged about 350 students from grades K-8 in Delaware. Their presentations were part of the 1,795 that went on during the conference given to around 16,000 attendees.