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Chemistry can be an intimidating subject since the concepts are literally microscopic. That’s why the Principles of Chemistry course at the West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is making chemistry cool by holding an ice cream-making contest.

WHEN:  Friday (Aug. 31) from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHO: C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University

Students in the Principles of Chemistry course – including some from the Honors College - will be able to comment on their experiments. The course’s two instructors and two teaching assistants will also be available for comment: Lisa Holland, professor of chemistry; Betsy Ratcliff, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies for chemistry; Lindsay Veltri, graduate teaching assistant; and Mason Tatro, undergraduate teaching assistant. 

WHAT: Undergraduate students will learn about dissociation, solubility of salts and freezing point depression by designing an experiment to churn ice cream in the most efficient way. Judges will choose a winner based on how quickly the ice cream sets, the total cost of salt used and the ice cream’s texture.

WHERE:  Outside the WVU Chemistry Research Lab on Prospect St. facing the Mountainlair Student Union. In case of rain, the contest will take place inside the Chemistry Learning Center in the CRL.



CONTACT: Laura Fletcher
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences; 304.293.6867 or 773.793.1819 (mobile).

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