UWM professor helps grad find a love for science and believe in himself

By his own account, Parker May was an average student with no clear direction when he enrolled at UWM after high school. He didn’t settle on a major until he took Chemistry 100 toward the end of his sophomore year. He credits instructor Christine Carlson with changing his perspective on chemistry, science and education in general. “She proved to me what happened before college did not define me as a student or as a person,” he says.

May went on to study abroad in Mexico, win an award for undergraduate research and volunteer as a mentor for struggling students in the Milwaukee Public Schools. An honors graduate in biochemistry, he plans to go on to medical school.

May was one of many successful graduates at UWM’s 119th commencement on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. UWM awarded more than 2,220 degrees during the ceremony.