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American Chemical Society Selects 10 Semifinalists for Chemistry Champions Contest

The American Chemical Society (ACS) named 10 semifinalists in its Chemistry Champions contest on June 24. The contest aims to find and train promising science communicators — perhaps even find the Carl Sagan of chemistry.

by American Chemical Society
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Undergraduate, graduate, and early career chemists and chemical engineers entered the contest by submitting 2-3 minute videos describing their work and why they wanted to be the Chemistry Champion. The semifinalists were selected by a panel of 11 judges from 27 video applicants.

The 10 semifinalists and their video titles are:

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Jennifer Apell, graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “An Environmental Benefit of Plastic

Geoff Dubrow, graduate student at the University of Minnesota, “Understanding Whisky Chemistry

Tien Nguyen, Ph.D., recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Finding Better Ways to Build Chemical Bonds

Jennifer Novotney, graduate student at Cornell University, “Frameworks for the Future

Tierra Range, undergraduate student at Centenary College of Louisiana, “Solar Cell Research

Ashlee Robison, undergraduate student at Fort Lewis College, “Preventing Honeybee Decline

Alexis Shusterman, graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, “CO2 Monitoring in HD

Shane Stone, undergraduate student at Syracuse University, “Biofuel Catalyst Research

Krista Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor at Wingate University, “Chemistry of Frogs to Develop New Methods of Pain Relief

Shannon Woodruff, graduate student at Southern Methodist University, “Chemistry to Better Deliver Medicine Inside Cells

The semifinalists will be flown to the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco for closed-door competition on August 9. Five finalists will then be selected to present their research to a live public audience in San Francisco on Sunday, August 10. For more details about the contest, visit All eligible videos entered in the Chemistry Champions contest are available via the YouTube playlist