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Chemistry and Physics Department Hosts Workshop for High School Students

Chemistry Workshop for High School Students

The Department of Chemistry and Physics hosted a guided inquiry workshop for high school students last Friday titled “Sweet Sweet Chemistry:  A Chromatography Challenge.” The 22 high school students represented five counties, and during their time on Belmont’s campus, they extracted dye from candy and worked to develop the best solvent system for separating the mixture of dyes in this hands-on workshop.  Members of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and several undergraduate chemistry majors were present throughout the event to answer questions. This is the first of what the event organizer, Dr. Danielle Garrett (Assistant Professor of Chemistry Education), hopes will become an annual workshop. Due to the high demand for student participation in the workshop, the Department of Chemistry and Physics will be offering a second session in February 2016.

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