Office of Multicultural Affairs selects Johnson as Student of the Month

Pictured left to right are Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, Chelsea Johnson and Dr. Chanaka Mendis.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Each month the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Office of Multicultural Student Affairs selects a Student of the Month. The recipient is a student who has been nominated and has demonstrated exceptional academic excellence as well as showing great leadership and involvement on campus and in the community. The recipient of the award receives a certificate, polo shirt, lunch with Chancellor Dennis Shields and a faculty person of his or her choice, and is highlighted on a Student of the Month bulletin board.

Chelsea Johnson was selected as the award recipient for November. Chelsea is a senior at UW-Platteville who will be graduating this month. She is majoring in chemistry with an emphasis in criminalistics and a minor in forensic investigation and is originally from New Richmond, Wis.  

Johnson has been active during her time at UW-Platteville. She completed an internship at the state crime lab in Milwaukee, Wis., has participated in multiple semesters of undergraduate research in the chemistry department and has presented her research at several regional conferences. Johnson was able to study abroad in Rome during the summer of 2011. “Studying abroad was one of the most rewarding things I have ever been able to participate in,” said Johnson. She is currently serving as a peer mentor in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, helping incoming students get acclimated and adjust to college life.

“Chelsea did not just pursue a career, she also made sure to take a mentorship and leadership role in the classroom, research laboratory, Alchemist Club and university community,” said Dr. Chanaka Mendis, who nominated Johnson for the award.

Formatted by: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications,
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