In Support of a Recently Handicapped Graduate Student's Research in Nuclear Fusion

$14,411 of $25k goal

Raised by 109 people in 46 months
Richard L. R. Bonomo
for UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FOUNDATION
  MADISON, WI

Main Photo: Apollo 17 Astronaut, U.S. Senator, and Geologist Dr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt presents a poster commemorating the Apollo 17 mission to Mr. Craig Schuff, a graduate student in our group.


Project Summary: 


We are seeking funds to help a quadriplegic student to finish his Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Craig Schuff (see photo, above) was suddenly made quadriplegic by a freak accident in May 2011.  At the time of the accident he possessed a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and was pursuing graduate work in the College of Engineering.  He had begun construction of a device designed to generate neutrons that would be used to detect clandestine materials (explosives, IED's, smuggled nuclear material, drugs, etc.).


It took Craig a year to get his life back in order and he recently (11/2012) passed the oral exam for his Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering.  He is now trying to finish his experimental work for his PhD.


He is being assisted by an undergraduate Nuclear Engineering student who is working under his supervision to complete the construction of the device he designed and had partially built before the accident.  One of the impediments to the operation of the device is the purchase of a turbo-pump capable of providing the vacuum needed to allow the fusion of deuterium ions that produce the neutrons needed for identification of the clandestine material.  The estimated cost for the pump and associated equipment and other supplies needed to complete his work is US$25,000. Once the pump is in place and the system is operational, it is estimated that Craig will need 6 months to take data and another 6 months to write his doctoral dissertation (by voice-activated computer interface) and defend his work.  His ultimate goal is to contribute to the defense of the Nation either at a national laboratory or in an industrial setting.


Money donated through this page will go to the Fusion Feasibility Fund at the University of Wisconsin Foundation in Madison, WI. Donations are deductible from income for tax purposes. They will be first applied to meet Craig's laboratory needs, including the aforementioned pump. If we raise funds in excess of those through our fundraising efforts, we will apply them to supporting the undergraduate student assisting Craig.  If there are any funds collected in excess of that, they will be applied to the experimental needs of other students in the laboratory, and, thereafter, to other needs of the group.


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Update 40
36 months ago
Greetings supporters! We had an anonymous foundational grant of $5000 via a direct donation to the UW Foundation which means that this particular fund-drive has met it's goal, even if it does not show on the GoFundMe meter! We will be doing additional fund-raising for other expenses connected with laboratory expansion, alteration and accommodations for Craig, so additional donations are needed and welcome! I will be shutting down (or at least deactivating) this page in the next several days, so this is your last chance to donate via Go Fund Me to this project! Please spread the word!
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Update 39
37 months ago
Please do spread the word as the opportunity may arise! The summer has been most quiet in this respect!
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Update 38
38 months ago
Our quiet zone continues through the holiday weekend! Between donations through GoFundMe and donations direct to the UW Foundation, we are still (and only) $5000 short of our goal, so please continue to spread the word about this via whatever social media you use. If you have contacts within civic organizations, please spread the word through those channels as well!
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Update 37
38 months ago
We are in a quiet zone it seems, and I have been spending my work days in our half-underground laboratory for the most park, making it difficult to beat the drums! Please continue to spread the word via social media!
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David Hopkins
26 months ago

my only handicap other than my disabillity is i am lost trying to figuer out how to raise funds as i am raising a handicapped child that has more ideas on what to do than myself !

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Bobby Beach
37 months ago

I cant help enough and donate. Enough. And get enough people together. I mean if we have a handicapped or other what do we do just throw thrm away. I would hope not. And i hope any person with love for another. Before they leave this live. They would kiss thrm. Goodbye. Regaurdless. Yes. Good for him and others. To continue. What. They. Wish to do

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$14,411 of $25k goal

Raised by 109 people in 46 months
Created October 29, 2012
Richard L. R. Bonomo     Education   MADISON, WI
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FOUNDATION
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$500
Anonymous
36 months ago
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$25
Rebecca
36 months ago

Good luck, Craig! Can't remember if I got around to donating before this.

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GH
$100
George L. Hanusa
37 months ago
$25
Anonymous
39 months ago
$20
Anonymous
39 months ago
$900
Anonymous
40 months ago
PW
$25
Pam Webb
40 months ago

Good luck on your project!

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$25
Anonymous
40 months ago
DW
$100
David and Diane Winningham
40 months ago
RM
$100
R L McCroskey
40 months ago
David Hopkins
26 months ago

my only handicap other than my disabillity is i am lost trying to figuer out how to raise funds as i am raising a handicapped child that has more ideas on what to do than myself !

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Bobby Beach
37 months ago

I cant help enough and donate. Enough. And get enough people together. I mean if we have a handicapped or other what do we do just throw thrm away. I would hope not. And i hope any person with love for another. Before they leave this live. They would kiss thrm. Goodbye. Regaurdless. Yes. Good for him and others. To continue. What. They. Wish to do

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