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Created by the chemistry and physics programs, the Super Donor Periodic Table lets donors buy an element from the periodic table, the table of elementary particles, or even a compound of their choosing. Donors' names are placed beneath the element they purchase on a large painting of the table, located on a wall in Barstow Hall.
Element and particle prices range from $300 to $15,600. Since the table's inception in early November 2012, both recent and older alumni have contributed generously to the effort, and some have plans to purchase more. Alumni John Bremer, Gregg Zank, and Hal Mattson have all committed to a $5,000 element or more.
"It's a testament to the donors' belief in us and the quality of programs that UW-Superior provides in chemistry and physics," said Dr. Michael Waxman, professor of physical chemistry. "Nobody would be investing money in a program that's not good."
The idea stemmed from the rise of enrollment numbers due to increased recruitment efforts by the faculty in the chemistry and physics program of the natural sciences department. As more students entered the department, the faculty recognized a need to supplement the scholarship base and the idea of the periodic table began to take shape.
"Through donations to scholarships and equipment funds, talented and hardworking students are provided with opportunities to achieve their goals," said James Lane, professor of chemistry at UW-Superior. "I'm proud of the achievements of our graduates, and I give because I want to do my small part in keeping these opportunities available for future students."
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