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Brian Kennedy

Chemistry Alumni

Dr. Brian Kennedy received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 1997 at the University of Wyoming. After several years of postdoctoral research at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, in Maryland, Brian began teaching at the high school level in North Carolina through Teach for America (1999-2002).  For the past ten years, Brian has been the Director of the Chemical Analysis Research Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, VA (TJHSST).  As Director, he instructs Chemistry Research and Mentorship, and Introduction to Organic Chemistry with Instrumental Analysis. He has also coached teams to state championships in both wrestling and cross-country.
Brian has also been involved in a variety of outreach efforts to promote chemical education.  Over the past few years he has been a contributing member with the American Chemical Society (ACS) preparing a new document, Guidelines for Instruction of High School Chemistry.  He has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Research Council, a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Education, served on a National Academy of Sciences Chemical Sciences Roundtable, and actively promotes chemical education through school-related activities.  In 2002, during his tenure in North Carolina, Brian was awarded for his outstanding instruction in science education.   In 2007, the ACS Chemical Society of Washington selected Brian for the Leo Schubert Award for Instruction of High School Chemistry.  Brian recently completed a graduate Education Leadership program to become certified in Administration and Supervision.

Brian Kennedy and group

Reflecting back on his time in the Chemistry Department at the University of Wyoming, it was an enriching experience academically and personally. The staff, professors, and student colleagues were all pleasant to work with and helped me grow as a student and toward a successful professional career. Brian’s original intent with attending the University of Wyoming was to have an academic experience in a place that allowed academics to be a focus while also providing enriching cultural and geographical experiences unlike many places within the US. All of this and more proved to make the Chemistry Department and the University of Wyoming the most positive opportunity of my many years involved with academics.

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