Malcolm J. D’Souza, Professor of Chemistry at Wesley College, Delaware
Title: Transformative Interdisciplinary and Collaborative STEM Undergraduate Research Program Includes Informatics
Title: A little liberal-arts College that could....DE-INBRE (IDeA) program stimulates transformational change!

Malcolm J. D’Souza is professor of chemistry at Wesley College, Delaware. He is the principal investigator on the Wesley DE-INBRE, DE-EPSCoR, NSF-ARRA, and Cannon Scholar (NSF S-STEM) programs. The Delaware BioScience Association selected Dr. D’Souza, as its 2016 Educator of the Year in Higher Education. In 2012, he was awarded the American Chemical Society’s E. Emmett Reid Award, which recognizes high-quality teaching in chemistry at small colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2009, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Northern Illinois University, recognized Dr. D’Souza as one of its 50 most distinguished alumni. In addition to his research in physical organic chemistry, he also has projects, presentations, and publications in the areas of chemometrics, STEM education, obesity studies, and in the design of commercial pharmaceutical and agricultural databases. Dr. D’Souza serves as the associate dean of interdisciplinary/collaborative sponsored research. In 2014 through foundation, federal and state grant support, the College adopted a high-impact 4-year liberal-arts core-curriculum. Informatics is embedded in level 3. STEM faculty developed integrated introductory courses and revised upper-division STEM courses around student-centered learning. STEM majors participate in paid undergraduate research in directed research elective courses. Such a college-wide multi-tiered mentoring approach results in institutional cultural change.