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The Elemental Kingdom

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Project ended on August 31, at 09:54 AM CDT
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The Elemental Kingdom

The psalmist proclaims that the heavens declare the glory of God. Creation speaks to us that God is great and glorious. In chemistry, we have the privilege to probe the details of God’s handiwork and explore the universe in all its grandeur by working to understand how atoms form molecules and solids and by manipulating these atoms and molecules into interesting and valuable substances.

Elements, in the form of atoms, are at the heart of chemistry. For the chemist, the periodic table graphically organizes a wealth of chemical knowledge and wisdom regarding the properties and interactions of atoms. Moreover, the periodic table has an aesthetic character as a work of art, symbolizing the material potential inherent in creation, and humanity’s potential to unfold the creation. 


In light of this aesthetic character, the Chemistry Department is commissioning a new work of art for the Maatman Chemistry wing of the recently renovated Science & Technology Center. We are calling this commission The Elemental Kingdom, a recognition that all creation, including atoms and molecules, belong to the Kingdom of God.

The money raised through the Elemental Kingdom will be used to build up the Chemistry Honors Scholarship, founded by Russell and Jean Maatman, with the goal of fully endowing this scholarship so that Chemistry majors can be supported in their education for many years to come.

Please support the Elemental Kingdom project and future Chemistry majors.  




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Your Support

Your gift of $25 supports the Elemental Kingdom Project and the work of Russell and Jean Maatman.


Imagine The Possibilities

Imagine the possibilities your gift affords a future Chemistry major.


A Special Opportunity

Your gift of $250 affords you the opportunity to personally select an element.