WJU alumna recognized for organizing science workshop

  WJU News
  Monday, August 20, 2018 3:03 PM
  Alumni, Academics, WJU News

Wheeling, WV

Elizabeth Bain, 2016 WJU Valedictorian, was recently featured in the news at the University of Chicago for the Department of Chemistry. Bain collaborated with Girls4Science, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring STEM education and mentoring to young girls, to lead a full day workshop.

Every Saturday, these students travel to different college campuses to participate in Science Academies, which allow them to receive hands-on experience with STEM. 

Bain partnered with volunteers from the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), Women in Chemistry (WIC), and the Society for Women in Physics to co-host a Girls4Science field trip at the University of Chicago.

“I thought it was important that the girls spend some time on our campus so they can know that they belong at a top-tier scientific research institution just as much as any man,” said Bain. 

The activities and lessons revolved around the summer program theme, “Science of Beauty,” which let the students examine their hair under microscopes, observe the effects of sunlight on skin, investigate genetic traits with Punnett squares, and learn how optics form images in cameras with a ray box. 

Bain, who is funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, is currently working on her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Chicago. Her research is focused on developing a novel, ultrafast, multidimensional, mixed electronic-Raman laser spectroscopy to study energy transfer dynamics in photocatalysts. Bain plans to graduate around 2021. After completing a postdoc, she would like to become a professor at a primarily undergraduate university where she can participate in research but also focus on teaching. 

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