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Discovering a chemistry for science

Posted on Aug 22, 2013
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Colton Kennedy presenting research July 2013

Colton Kennedy presenting research July 2013

When Colton Kennedy, a junior chemistry major from Kenora, Ontario, arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, he never expected to earn a scholarship, let alone one from the chemistry department.

He intended to play hockey and major in biology in pursuit of his dream to become a doctor, but after taking his first chemistry classes and talking with Dr. Michael Waxman, professor of physical chemistry, he promptly switched his major to chemistry.

"I always say, hockey brought me here, but the chemistry program kept me," Kennedy said. For the past three years, Kennedy has been working hard with his next goal in sight - medical school. He has participated in undergraduate research, is active in the chemistry club, performing demonstrations at chemistry shows and serving as a judge at science fairs, and has consistently performed well in his chemistry and physics courses.

According to Waxman, these are all reasons why Kennedy was chosen for the Chemistry Alumni Scholarship, a $500 one-year scholarship for chemistry majors based on academic merit awarded through the UW-Superior Foundation Office.

While many scholarships through the Foundation Office are supported through alumni donations, the Chemistry Alumni Scholarship is unique with funds coming directly from the purchase of elements from the Super Donor Periodic Table.

Kennedy was the first student to receive a scholarship from the more than $23,000 in scholarship money raised from the table. Although surprised to learn that he was the first recipient, he was happy and grateful.

"It's good to see the support." he said. "It's that feeling of tradition that you're going to school in a place where people haveg one before you and want to support it, so you want to do well."

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