Scholar News and Events


To include your recent news or latest highlight/achievements, please fill out our Scholars News Update form. Return the form and any included information (flyers, information, etc.) to, Linda Polasko: lpolasko @


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October, 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Summer Scholars Research Award winners !!!


January 28, 2021

DE INBRE Scholar, Sophie Sanchez, & her mentor, Dr. Susan Birkhoff, in the news! Read more


December 17, 2020

Great piece about Delaware INBRE supported Summer Scholar, Sophie Sanchez, working at ChristianaCare on real time, needed COVID research. Read more


December 17, 2020

INBRE Alumni, Brett Sansbury and Kelly Banas, successful in the world of Gene Editing. Read more


November 5, 2020

Wesley Scholars publish results of COVID-19 study. COVID-19 Impacts at a Small Mid-Atlantic Liberal-Arts College with Implications for STEM Education.  Read more


September 30, 2020

        2020-2021 Wesley College STEM Program Scholarship Recipients

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September 11, 2020

INBRE Summer Scholar Co-Authors!  Diabetes has a treatment crisis worsened by COVID-19 | Opinion

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September 9, 2020

INBRE Summer Scholars Co-Author!  The Influence of a Terminal Chlorine Substituent on the Kinetics and the Mechanism of the Solvolyses of n-Alkyl Chloroformates in Hydroxylic Solvents  Read More


September 9, 2020

        Alumni Spotlight: Lily Neff (Class of 2019) Highlights Discovery Research in the MUSC Graduate Studies’ Blog

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August 13, 2020

        2020 symposium serves up treasure trove of more than 400 summer undergraduate projects Read More


July 15, 2020

Check out the Exciting career ventures that 6 STEM Wesley College Alumni have begun upon completing their doctorate degrees! Congratulations Laura, Gabe, Brett, Jasbir, Alora, and Justin! Read More


July 2, 2020

Wesley College INBRE Scholars co-author publication. The Influence of a Terminal Chlorine Substituent on the Kinetics and the Mechanism of the Solvolyses of n-Alkyl Chloroformates in Hydroxylic Solvents. Read More

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June 19, 2020


June 18, 2020

Katelynn “Katie” Fry of Newark, Delaware, won the 2020 Wesley College Faculty Graduate Award. She is the first woman to complete the 4+1 Environmental Science program, and graduated with a 4.0 cumulative GPA.  More


Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars Program 2020

Please note, summer scholar selections are continuing as planned with the assumption that the INBRE summer scholars program will run during the Summer of 2020.  However, as the situation with the pandemic is now fluid, it is possible that we will need to significantly change the program scope, limit which scholars are able to participate based on the details of their research project/its suitability to remote work,  or even cancel the Summer program altogether as the start date approaches.    As the Governor of Delaware has extended the state of emergency, which seeks to limit interpersonal interactions and disease spread, until May 15th, we anticipate making our final decision about whether the program (or individual undergraduate research projects) will run this summer no later than May 18th, 2020  


May 12, 2020


May 8, 2020

Delaware State University INBRE Scholar, Sylvia, presented at the virtual Posters on the Hill symposium. She received a shout out from Senator Coons for her presentation!

May 5, 2020

April 27, 2020


April 21,2020


April 14, 2020


April 7, 2020


March 31, 2020


March 30, 2020

Congratulation to Wesley’s INBRE Scholar, Alex Jean-Francois, for being accepted to the Jefferson Biotech Program at Thomas Jefferson University in the fall of 2020!


March 24, 2020


February 24, 2020

Wesley’s 18-year history of supporting students with federal and state INBRE biomedical funds has come full circle. This spring, Wesley senior Osama Mahmoud will present his research at the prestigious Posters on the Hill event in Washington D.C., 10 years after one of his mentors, Ghada Alabed, presented her research performed as an INBRE scholar there. Read more

February 18, 2020

Christiana Care INBRE Scholar, Akram Ahamed, co-authors a paper with mentor Dr. Goldstein! Media coverage in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more here


January 15, 2020



November 20, 2019

INBRE Student Travel Award recipient, Maura Francis, attended the the BMES conference this past fall. “I had some interest in my research work and was a great opportunity to explain my work to other people in the biomedical field!” Thanks for the picture Maura Linden!!


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October 18, 2019

Saturday, October 12, the Wesley STEM department participated in Super Senator Day at Dover High School. This community event includes local schools, colleges, organizations and vendors. Wesley’s Science Club demonstrated fun chemistry experiments for children and parents, while Wesley STEM staff/students promoted the college’s Science and Math majors.



September 28, 2019

Congratulations, Matt, on recieving the 2019 Summer Scholar Performance Award!  Learn more:


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September 27, 2019

Newly published paper that involves Riley Curtin, 2018 Nemours Summer Scholar (UD BME 2019)
Pediatric postmortem computed tomography: initial experience
at a children’s hospital in the United States.  Read more here:


September 26, 2019

Congratulations to Olivia Tharp for winning the INBRE Summer Scholar Performance Award!  You can read about it here:


Olivia Tharp standing in a lab setting wearing a multicolored sweater and a pink coat



September 20, 2019

Congratulations to the INBRE summer scholars that were awarded the Summer Scholars Performance Award!! This award is given for showing excellent performance and potential in undergraduate science research. Thank you to all the mentor’s that nominated their scholars.
Congrats to:
Chanel Smith
Anna Faunce
Hannah Stetson
Matt Dina
Sophia Gondolfo
Olivia Tharp


September 17, 2019

Let’s Meet Anas Mahmoud, a Biological Chemistry Sophomore!

He is from Dover, DE and completed his INBRE research at Wesley College with Dr. Malcolm D’Souza.  His program focused on the Chemical Kinetics and Solvolytic Rates of Chloroformate Esters in Varying Polarities, sponsored by NIH, NIGMS, and INBRE.  He would like to obtain a position in the medical field with an emphasis on Ophthalmology and he enjoys playing soccer, writing, volunteering, and dreaming of a bright future!



September 13, 2019

Congrats Lily!

Cannon Scholar alumna, Lily Neff, is featured in the National Conference of Undergraduate Research Proceedings!  Read more about her fantastic work here:



August 30, 2019

Meet Ja’Ki Miles, a Biological Chemistry Sophomore!

He is from Dover, DE and completed his INBRE research at Wesley College with Dr. Malcolm D’Souza and Melanie Pritchett.  His program focused on the Promotion of all STEM programs and activities, sponsored by NIH, NIGMS, INBRE, and NSF EPSCoR.  He would like to eventually become a Pharmacist and he enjoys playing baseball and basketball!



August 21, 2019

Delaware INBRE’s first summer scholar to be placed at the VA Medical Center, Carissa Walkosak! Carissa worked with Dr. Kristen Hyland studying Diabetes testing; Fructosamine vs. A1c; Provider Knowledge and Retrospective Analysis in Veteran Cohort



August 20, 2019

Our 2019 summer scholars presented their summer research last Thursday at the University of Delaware Undergraduate Research Symposium. Great job to all!!!



August, 2018

University of Delaware Associate of Arts students participated in INBRE summer research, preparing them for the transition to the main campus.



December 5, 2017

Wesley Student and Faculty Published in an International Journal,  Read the story here.

November 8, 2017

Victoria Muir, a 2015 INBRE Summer Scholar, was among the University of Delaware students who won awards at the 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe) meeting in Minneapolis. Read the story here.

November 1, 2017

Wesley College Summer Scholar Morgan Gannon earned first place in the biological sciences division of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. The symposium features only undergraduate research in chemistry, biology and biochemistry. It is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. Morgan’s poster focused on dating mining impacts of U.S. mortality from the circulatory system, diabetes and cancer.








September 15, 2017

2017 Research Day & Luncheon spotlights INBRE scholars’ summer of hard work at Christiana Care. Read more here.

August 11, 2017

Christiana Care Summer Scholars present their summer research.  Video link

July 19, 2017

Wesley College Cannon Scholars attended a presentation of ethics at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia on July 8. The Society is “a fellowship of individuals and families; an Ethical Humanist religious community” that encourages the personal growth of each member. Read more here.

June 12, 2017

Alyssa Givens, a University of Delaware student and 2016 INBRE Summer Scholar, is attending the 8th International Conference on Children’s Bone Health in Wurzburg, Germany. She is presenting a poster based on research she did while a Summer Scholar at Nemours.













May 9, 2017

Five Delaware Technical Community College students participated in the Wesley College Scholars Day. It was the first time students from the Terry and Stanton campuses were represented. Read about it here.

May 1, 2017

Erica Comber, a UD senior biomedical engineering major and 2016 INBRE Summer Scholar, was awarded the Brad and Jennifer Bono Award from the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship for her entrepreneurial leadership and social impact. Read about it here.

April 13, 2017

Jiyun Choi, a 2016 INBRE Summer Scholar, won second place at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 2017 Scientific Sessions Conference in Philadelphia recently.  Her poster, “Door-to-Drug in Obstetrics: Time to antenatal corticosteroid therapy in patients at risk of preterm delivery and factors that influence timing of administration,” was directly related to her summer internship at Christiana Care Health System under mentor Melanie Chichester.

April 3, 2017

Two Wesley College students supported by Delaware INBRE attended the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, CA. Austin Lonski and Jeremy Wirick presented posters at the event. Lonski’s project explained incorporating statistics to probe analytical methods and kinetic studies of prodrugs. Wirick’s project monitored the impact of the position of the chloro-substituent in chloroformate reactivity.

April 2, 2017

UD Summer Scholar Cory Cacciola and his Rehab to Go team scored victory in the First Steps Grand Challenge. Read more here.

March 28, 2017

Congratulations to INBRE 2016 Summer Scholar, Peter Sariano, for receiving a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Read more.

March 14, 2017

Wesley alumnae Riza Bautista and Samantha Weber speak about their graduate school experiences during the Cannon Scholars town hall meeting. Read more here

March 08, 2017

Congratulations to Dunia Tonob, a 2015 INBRE Summer Scholar, on being first author of a study in the journal Maturitas about women using alternative treatments to treat menopause. Read more. 

March, 2017

Congratulations to INBRE 2016 Summer Scholar, Alyssa Givens, for having her poster accepted for the 2017 International Conference on Children’s Bone Health in Wurtzburg, Germany, June 10-13 2017. 

Feb. 2017

Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar students and alumni are invited to the 2017 Engineering, Science & Technology Internship & Career Fair at the Bob Carpenter Center on Feb. 27, 2017 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. INBRE alum and current students can bypass the general check-in line at the event and instead visit the Alumni\Information table in front of the trophy cases. Info here.

Nov. 2016

Wesley Cannon Scholars Compete in Delaware Environmental Institute’s Pitch: 90 Event . Read more

Nov. 5, 2016

Wesley Students Participate in National Chemistry Week Celebration. Read more

Nov. 15, 2016

Wesley Students Attend Inspiring Women in STEM Conference. Read more

October 13, 2016

2016 INBRE Scholar, Mara Baker, to be honored for receiving the Delaware Governor’s Bioscience Fellowship:  Register here

September 27, 2016

Congrats to Amira Idris, a 2014 Delaware INBRE Scholar, winner of the Emerging Enterprise Center’s ‘Swim with the Sharks’ contest. Her Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel business idea won with 55% of the vote: read  more

September 26, 2016

Congrats to Destiny Hollis, a 2016 Delaware INBRE Scholar, on her selection to the Delaware Leaders Program.  She was one of 15 students selected from Wesley College, University of Delaware and Delaware State University: read  more

September 20, 2016

Wesley Students, Alumni and Faculty Co-Author Textbook Chapter: read  more

September 21, 2016

UD students and Alumni Fall Career & Internship Fair – Connect with Industry, Bob Carpenter Sports Center, University of Delaware: read  more

August 11, 2016

Surge of Summer Research ; UDaily article covering the Research Symposium: read  more

August 19, 2016

Christiana Care Summer Researcher’s Presentations: register here

August 11, 2016

Undergraduate Research Symposium : read more

August 8, 2016

Wesley College Summer Researcher’s Presentations

August 8-10, 2016

Nemours Summer Researcher’s Poster and Oral Presentations

July 28, 2016

Delaware State University Summer Researcher’s Poster Presentations

July 28, 2016

Leadership Award Deadline

July 22, 2016

Photo Contest Deadline : read more

November, 2015

Delaware INBRE Newsletter:Check it out at

November 16, 2015

Summer scholars complete successful INBRE projects at Christiana Care : Read about it here.

November 10, 2015

Wesley College students hold Kids and Chemistry: Students from Wesley College organized a “Kids and Chemistry” program Oct. 31 at the Independence School in Newark. The Delaware-American Chemical Society organizes this annual five-hour event as a celebration of National Chemistry Week. This year’s theme was “Chemistry Colors our World.” Read about it here.

November 7, 2015

Delaware INBRE represented at UD Presidential Tailgate: Peter Sariano, Erica Comber and Maggie Billingsley showed off their research as part of an interactive display for the College of Health Sciences.

September 5, 2015

Delaware’s Job Future is in Science: If Delaware is known as the Diamond State, then perhaps its bioscience community should be considered a hidden gem. An opinion piece by Dr.Steven J. Stanhope, Principal Investigator for Delaware INBRE, appearing in the Delaware Dialogue section of The News Journal : delawareonline

Mar. 10, 2015

Wesley Undergrads Published. Wesley College seniors, Jasbir Deol (biological chemistry) and Maryeah Pavey (biology) are co-authors with Dr. Malcolm D’Souza on a peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry ( This INBRE/EPSCoR sponsored undergraduate research project evaluated very common synthetic carbomethoxy protecting groups used in industrial solid and solution phase applications for peptides and polymer sequences for ag products. Jasbir Deol is a Cannon Scholar who was recently recognized by the DE-American Chemical Society section and has just received a scholarship to join the graduate Temple University, School of Pharmacy program. Maryeah Pavey has enrolled in the Wesley College MAT program for STEM teachers.

Aug. 22, 2014

Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars Highlighted. Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars were among those celebrated at the fifth annual University of Delaware Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium.

Mar. 7, 2014

Wesley College biological chemistry student, Kaylee Miller, spent last summer completing 10 weeks of intensive research through Delaware INBRE’s Summer Scholars program and her hard work has paid off.

Kaylee is now a co-author on a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Surgical Oncology, based on the research she conducted with a team under Dr. Thomas L. Bauer at Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Kaylee and the team studied racial, ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities in patients with lung cancer at a local community health center. The study found that while the health gap has been eliminated between sexes and different racial groups, health disparities persist across socioeconomic class and health insurance status. The paper can be found at Science Direct.

Kaylee, a junior at Wesley, begins an Occupational Therapy program in the Fall. Wesley College and Christiana Care are both Delaware INBRE partners.

Feb. 4, 2014

Wesley College undergraduate research in chemistry is published in the peer-reviewed open access publication, Canadian Chemical Transactions. Brandon Sandosky (environmental science), Gabriel Fernandez-Bueno (biological chemistry), and Matthew McAneny (biology), completed a project that provides insight into the solvent influences of commercial chloroformates under the direction of Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza, Professor of Chemistry. Brandon completed this work as part of his senior-thesis project in environmental science. Gabe and Matt participated in the project as INBRE/EPSCoR sponsored research-assistants in the Wesley College Directed Research Program in Chemistry. Currently, Brandon is in a grad program in environmental science at Towson University. Matt is in the process of completing a final math requirement and is employed in New Jersey. Gabe is in the final semester of the biological chemistry program and plans to enter a biomedical graduate program in fall 2014. Read more »

Dec. 11, 2013

Living Learning Community Wesley College. First semester students have been living together and working with Hungry for Change. Sponsored in part through the DE-INBRE & DE-EPSCoR (F&A) programs.

Oct. 18, 2013

Congratulations to 2013 INBRE Summer Scholar Alum, Kimberly Milla who won in the science category in the National McNair Scholars Research Competition and Graduate School Fair poster competition at the National McNair Scholars Research Competition and Graduate Fair. UD’s McNair Scholars Program has hosted this event for the past 11 years. More than 350 people attended the day’s activities, which included seminars on graduate admissions and a graduate school fair featuring 83 graduate programs from universities in California to Delaware to the United Kingdom. Read more »

Oct. 17, 2013

A warm thank you to our 2013 INBRE Summer Scholars who volunteered to participate in the ISE Lab Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication. Students presented their research during the Summer Undergradtua Research Expeiences Tour Stop. Participating students included: Emily Baumert, Rebekah Dumm, Lisa George, Fanta Kalle, and Kimberly Milla.

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