Many of the brightest young minds in chemistry from high schools across the region participated in the recent MTSU Department of Chemistry Scholarship Tournament.
MTSU chemistry officials revived the tournament, which was last held in 2015, and conducted it once again in the university’s Science Building.
The event recognized nearly 30 outstanding chemistry students from Rutherford and surrounding counties and provided an opportunity for them to consider MTSU for their higher education. Participants included seniors who completed a year of chemistry, as well as qualified juniors.
Incentives included special scholarships to attend MTSU and cash to the top three finishers from the 90-minute exam, which was “based on general chemistry that a high school student would have covered,” said professor Norma Dunlap, who oversaw the event.
The students toured the 250,000-square-foot Science Building, which opened in 2014, and learned about the chemistry program from current students Myranda Uselton, the 2015 tournament winner; Kayley Stallings, a 2015 tournament participant; Avraz Anwar; and Daniela Taylor.
After lunch, College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer recognized first-place winner Faith Viers of Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro with a $2,000 scholarship and $500; runner-up Callie Hall of Central Magnet, $1,500 scholarship and $300; and third-place winner Daniel Bergman of Mt. Juliet High School, $1,000 scholarship and $100.
The visiting students also observed research posters presented by MTSU students at regional and national meetings. The chemistry department provided gifts for the students and their teachers, too.
“Our intention is to make this a yearly event,” Dunlap said.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)