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Furman professor gets governor’s science award

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John Kaup, director of science education at Furman University, has received the 2018 S.C. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Awareness.

The award, given jointly by the Office of the Governor and S.C. Academy of Science, recognizes “Kaup’s outstanding achievements as a contributor to STEM education and outreach over the past two decades,” according to a news release.

“John truly serves as an exemplar of the kinds of educational impacts colleges can create within their local communities if they commit to engaging in science outreach,” John Wheeler, Furman associate provost for integrative science and director of the Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences, said in the release. “His statewide leadership within the K-12 sector and his creative efforts to develop unique educational opportunities for high school teachers and students on the campuses of South Carolina’s institutions of higher learning have been remarkable.”

Kaup is a graduate of Xavier University; he received his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Utah. He came to Furman in 2010 as the university’s inaugural coordinator of science education. He serves as a board member for the Innovision Technology Awards Program and the Public Education Partners of Greenville County. His position with Furman is in the Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences, which has generated more than $7 million in competitive external funding since 2010, with primary emphasis on  student scholarships, undergraduate research and outreach to the STEM K-12 educational sector, the release said.

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