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Wesley STEM Students Earn NASA Tuition Award


Left to right: Wesley College Professor of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm D'Souza, Wesley College students Victor DeBarros II and Brittany Kowalewski and Wesley College Professor of Mathematics Dr. Derald Wentzien


Wesley College students Brittany Kowalewski (Math) and Victor DeBarros II (Biological Chemistry) are recipients of the 2014-2015 NASA Delaware Space Grant Consortium (DESGC) Undergraduate Tuition Award. This $3,000 award was highly selective as students were judged on their proposed research projects, GPA and career statement.

Working with her mentor Wesley Professor of Mathematics Dr. Derald Wentzien, Kowalewski will be analyzing historical images of the northern polar ice cap from 1979 to 2013 to specify mathematical models to estimate the surface area of the polar ice caps. Kowalewski will analyze the data for both September when the surface area is at its minimum and March when the surface area is at its maximum.

Wesley’s Professor of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm D’Souza is the mentor for DeBarros on a project that analyzes the utility and the importance of nitrogen in a class of agricultural compounds termed carbamoyl chlorides.

The students have to complete their individual projects during the 2014-2015 academic year and are required to present their work as a poster to the annual DESGC conference in April 2015.