From Child’s Play to the Research Lab: UK Chemistry Grad Encourages ‘Young Scientists’ to Follow Their Dreams

photo of Matthew Farmer in lab

Matthew Farmer, from Harlan, Kentucky, would often play outside as a child, exploring his surroundings and observing how things worked in nature. For him, it wasn’t enough to be told that something “just happens” — he had to know the mechanisms behind why it happened. His scientific curiosities ultimately led him to UK to pursue a degree in chemistry, which he will earn next week at UK's Commencement Ceremonies. During his time at UK, he found his footing through undergraduate research, and now encourages other chemistry majors and children who are interested in science to follow their own dreams.