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Jackson Knott wrapped up his last semester with a very special honour. He was named the outstanding recipient of the 2015 Award for Undergraduate Research in Inorganic Chemistry by the Inorganic Division of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. It’s a national award recognizing the exceptional research Jackson did as an undergraduate student.
Jackson first experienced the excitement of discovery in independent study with chemistry professor Dr. Paul Hayes. Since then, Jackson has worked extensively in Dr. Hayes’ lab. “He has spent a vast amount of time helping me grow as a scientist,” says Jackson.
In addition to working in the lab, Jackson completed 12-month co-op work term with NOVA Chemicals in Calgary. “This gave me an industrial perspective on chemical research. Seeing how what I had learned in the classroom was executed in an industrial setting was an invaluable experience,” he says.
After a busy spring – convocation and travelling to Halifax to accept his award and present at the national Canadian Chemistry Conference & Exhibition – Jackson is preparing for his next chapter, grad school.
“I’m staying at uLethbridge for graduate work because I want the opportunity to complete the projects I started as an undergraduate,” he says. “I hope to use the molecules I’ve synthesized to capture CO2 and convert it into commercially viable materials. I’ve always wanted to do research that had some environmental relevance and by staying at uLethbridge for my graduate studies I have an opportunity to do this.”