SC Johnson announced the donation of $500,000 to support the renovation of the integrated science lab at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The new lab will be named the SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab.
The donation, which is a result of a partnership between SC Johnson and the Racine Community Foundation, will support the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Integrated Science and Applied Learning Initiative. The lab renovation is part of this initiative and will assist the university in adding opportunities for students, such as research fellowships, scientific career exploration and development activities.
“This high-quality lab space will enhance educational experiences for local students and provide students with a collaborative environment,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We’re thrilled the new SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab will help support future science professionals who are better prepared for the workforce, and will assist with meeting future workforce demands of the region.”
The most recent building improvements will include fully redesigned science labs with the most up-to-date technology, similar to what is used in research facilities and scientific workplaces. There are also plans to expand the lab to provide larger spaces for advanced and independent research.
“The SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab will expand and improve opportunities for students studying science to experience research, as well as engage in solving real-world industry problems and other field work,” said University of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor Deborah Ford. “We’re grateful for SC Johnson and its investment in a quality education for our students.”
Sixty percent of current students are from Kenosha and Racine Counties, impacting local students who are pursuing science-related careers. More than 29 percent of all University of Wisconsin-Parkside graduates in 2015-16 were enrolled in the College of Natural and Health Sciences making it the largest college within the university.
A formal naming and lab-opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at 4:15 p.m. in Greenquist Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus. The SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab will be open for use by students and faculty during the fall 2017 semester.