Dorothy Ruxton Chemistry Student Research Fund
Established with a $20,000 gift from Wight and his wife, Victoria Rasmussen, the Dorothy Ruxton Chemistry Student Research Fund will provide travel grants and professional development resources to allow SU chemistry students to present their research at conferences and network with established scientists in the field.
“My mother was a staunch advocate of education – not just for her own children, but for all people,” said Wight, who spent much of his career as a professor of chemistry before transitioning into administrative leadership. “I can think of no better way to honor her legacy than to help expand educational opportunities for SU students.”
“This generous gift will provide benefits that could be life-changing for students,” said Dr. Michael Scott, dean of SU’s Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology. “The professionals they meet at conferences and symposia could be a gateway to job interviews, invitations to participate in research teams, graduate school referrals and more.”
In past years, most chemistry students who have attended or presented at national conferences have had to pay their own way — a burden for some, according to Dr. Stephen Habay, SU Chemistry Department chair.
“The Dorothy Ruxton Chemistry Student Research Fund can really eliminate that barrier for students,” he said, adding that may be even more important once academic conferences return as face-to-face events following the COVID-19 pandemic.