Microbiology student wins Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student award

photo_patrick_dunnMicrobiology undergraduate Patrick Dunn will receive a 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student award presented by UW-Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services. The award honors two adult UW-Madison undergraduate students each year whose determination and perseverance have enabled them to pursue academic work and contribute to the academic community through leadership and service. Read about the other winner here.

Patrick M. Dunn enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during high school and later suffered serious injuries during his third deployment in Iraq. He found work after an honorable discharge but eventually decided to fulfill a dream by going back to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Despite struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges related to his wartime service, Dunn has distinguished himself as a microbiology student, including as an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of entomology professor Walt Goodman.

“Patrick is a model student, as evidenced by his Student Research Opportunity grant in microbiological sciences,” says Goodman. “His work ethic is outstanding; he has juggled several jobs while maintaining a full course load in microbiology.”

Dunn is the first veteran to win an Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award. He will be honored, and receive a $1000 scholarship, at the Continuing Studies awards and scholarships reception on April 28, 2015, in Union South.