The Chemistry Department at Saint Francis University hosted a Women in Chemistry Day on October 27th in honor of National Chemistry Week. The event was designed to encourage high school females to embody our motto and “become that someone” by introducing them to the opportunities available for chemists. Students from Hollidaysburg Area, Lambert, Windber, Central, Conemaugh Valley, Tussey Mountain, Glendale, Oakland Catholic, Bishop McCort, Westmont Hilltop, North Star, Forest Hills, Clearfield, Penn Cambria, and Franklin Regional high schools were nominated by their teachers to attend. A total of 22 high school students and their families visited Saint Francis University and participated in discussions with successful female chemists from around the world. Each student in attendance was given the book “Women Scientists; Reflections, Challenges, and Breaking Boundaries” by Magdolna Hargittai.
The day included hands-on chemistry activities with current chemistry students, campus and department tours, and discussions with recent graduates from the chemistry department to discuss careers in academia, industry, and medicine. Keynote talks were presented by Dr. Magdolna Hargittai, Professor of Chemistry at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary and Dr. Dana Barr, Professor of Environmental Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Round-table discussions were held with Dr. Magdolna Hargittai, Dr. Dana Barr, and three Saint Francis alumni: Ms. Samantha Baldwin, shift manager at First Energy Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, PA, Ms. Jennifer Weyant, Technical Service Manager at New Pig Corporation in Tipton, PA and Dr. Kristy Wolfel, Diagnostic Radiology Specialist at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA. The day concluded with a liquid nitrogen ice cream social.
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