Camille Schrier, a 24-year-old with a Ph.D. was crowned Miss Virginia. Against pageant norms, she wore a lab coat and safety glasses to perform the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide during the talent section of the competition.
She has 2 Bachelor of Science degrees from Virginia Tech in Biochemistry and Systems Biology. She is currently working to get a Doctorate Pharmacy Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. Using the talent section for a science experiment was a perfect way to get others excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). You can check out her blog post by Clicking Here
Paraphrasing, she said the evolution of the Miss America Competition that reflects comprehensiveness and the opportunity to make a difference and win scholarships inspired her to come forward in the competition which was her statement she emailed to IFL Science.
She added that she is more than Miss Virginia, she is Miss Biochemist, Miss Systems Biologist, Miss Future PharmD, looking forward to a career in the pharmaceutical industry. She believes it’s time to create her mind-set about bringing her passion for STEM to the stage. Talent is not a passion alone, it’s a skill which is perfected over time.
Cool Scientific Experiment
Catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide is an experiment that many students probably remember from school. It’s very similar to applying hydrogen peroxide to a wound that is a bubbling foam.
The process is caused by a catalase (an enzyme found in almost all living organisms exposed to oxygen), that is found in the blood and attacks the hydrogen peroxide putting off oxygen in the form of white gurgling bubbles.
Camille was the 24th contestant at the 2019 pageant and won more than $21,000 out of $75,000 in scholarship money. Over the next year, she will travel around the state and share her platform of STEM awareness along with drug safety and the prevention of drug abuse.
Sadly, every day more than 130 Americans die from Opioid abuse and every eight minutes a caregiver makes a medical mistake that impacts a child’s life. It’s time we do more about safety and abuse prevention. She will go to represent the Commonwealth at Virginia at eh Miss America Pageant later this year.
I say Bravo Camille for your intelligence and desire to share the world of science to young people in hopes they will find careers they never knew existed.
Camille Schrier, a 24-year-old with a Ph.D. was crowned Miss Virginia. Against pageant norms, she wore a lab coat and safety glasses to perform the...