Dover, DE – Two Wesley College seniors − Jordon Wheatley, a biology major from Greenwood, and Anthony Darrington, a biological chemistry major from Milford, have been awarded a grant from the NASA Delaware Space Grant College and Fellowship program. Based on academic merit, the two Wesley students were nominated and selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates.
Both Wheatley and Darrington will receive a $3,000 Undergraduate Tuition Award from the program. Getting the premiere NASA grant means the two students will be able to cover the cost of some of their college expenses, and they’ll continue to work on their undergraduate research projects.
Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza, a chemistry professor at the college, said the award was granted to the Wesley students so that they can spend a greater amount of time working on research related projects. Wheatley’s work will focus on building a cancer drug database, while Darrington will be evaluating the decomposition of haloaryl compounds in the earth’s atmosphere. During the academic year, D’Souza will also serve as their advisor and mentor. Both undergraduates will receive a certificate of achievement and they are expected to present their research information at an upcoming fall symposium of the Delaware Space Grant Consortium.
Established in 1992, the Delaware Space Grant Consortium is a program funded by NASA in order to train students and researchers in the state of Delaware in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and geography. Their primary goal is to provide academic-year scholarship and fellowship opportunities to undergraduates and graduates who attend colleges and universities in the consortium.