Coming from the small town of Amery, Lee Behling, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, had no idea that by his senior year he would have research experience comparable to a graduate student.
Behling was part of a research team led by chemistry professor Dr. Warren Gallagher that discovered the correct molecular structure for an environmentally important molecule. Because of his major role in the project, Behling was listed as the lead author of a research paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The publication of Behling's research was significant enough to be announced in Chemical and Engineering News, an important industry publication that focuses on exciting development in the chemistry field. No small accomplishment for an undergraduate student.
Behling's accomplishments in the lab and in the classroom also helped him win the Michael F. Fredrich Science Scholarship.
The interdisciplinary award from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides a year of full in-state tuition and fees for a science undergraduate who has shown leadership and creativity in his or her field, as well as clear potential to succeed in a graduate or professional program.
He also received an honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship, considered to be the premier undergraduate award of its type in the United States in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.