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Student Profile: Dan Baum

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  • Major: Chemistry (both B.S. and M.S.)
  • Graduation Year: Undergraduate in May 2011; Graduate in December 2014
  • Disability: Traumatic Brain Injury

The Wisconsin Experience:

I loved the huge range of opportunities, both academic and social, at UW-Madison! I spent most of my time as an undergraduate pursing my love of science. In addition to performing four years of research with my mentors Professors Sam Gellman and Silvia Cavagnero, I traveled to conferences to present my research, learn about other interesting research in my field, and acquire and discuss analytical skills. Since I enjoy sharing knowledge as much as I do discovering new knowledge, some of my most treasured times at UW-Madison were volunteer work in scientific education, including performing chemistry demonstration shows around Madison with Students Participating in Chemical Education (SPICE) and helping Jim Maynard set up chemical demonstrations to be used in undergraduate classes. Outside of my pursuit of chemistry, I explored lots of other interesting fields like literature and computer science, and I absolutely loved competing all four years on our Undergraduate Mock Trial team.

Transitioning to the Future:

Madison prepared me so well academically that I am now cheerfully combining my loves of scientific education and legal competition by studying patent law at the University of Minnesota. With the knowledge and experience that I acquired from McBurney, I am confident that I'll be able to communicate my disability and any accommodation requests to my future employer(s), if needed.

Advice to Graduating Seniors:

Before you graduate, make friends with your favorite professor, and set up a long-lasting relationship. He or she will enthusiastically help you through your next steps in life, academic or not. Once you graduate, explore all of your options and choose the one that you enjoy the most - with a degree from UW-Madison, you can do them all!

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