Issue Date: January 8, 2018
James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching: Brian J. Kennedy
Sponsor: Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEd X
Citation: For leadership in promoting student research at the high school level for his students and other students.
Current position: director of the Chemical Analysis & Nanochemistry Research Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
Education: B.S., chemistry, and B.S., physical science, Radford University; Ph.D., analytical chemistry, University of Wyoming, Laramie; Master of Education, George Mason University
Kennedy on what he hopes to accomplish in the next decade: “I hope to further develop the chemistry research program at my school by creating partnerships with local groups, university researchers, and labs in order to provide students with collaborations and real-world-relevant projects. Toward this end, I would like to be able to develop a high school-level chemical instrumentation textbook so that similar programs can be developed in other schools.”
What his colleagues say: “My experiences working in Dr. Kennedy’s research lab prepared me incredibly well for college. As a high school student, I experienced all aspects of the research process, from the formation of a research idea to presenting my work at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair and tjSTAR school symposium. While always available for guidance when necessary, he allowed me a tremendous amount of independence to develop a procedure, conduct the experiment, and collect data.”—Caroline Kerr, University of Virginia
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