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LCSC Chemistry Department
Helps Students Shine
--Harriet Husmann, Volunteer Editorial Assistant
Outstanding Lewis-Clark State chemistry students recently demonstrated that
opportunities often found at expensive, metropolitan area private schools are just as
available to students attending a small, rural, public college.
Students Candace Willmon and Amy Chase, both from Lewiston, attended the 56th annual
meeting of the Northwestern Regional American Chemical Society (ACS) in Seattle in June.
The meeting is a regional technical conference that showcases ideas showing foresight and
vision in the chemistry industry. ACS is the most significant American professional
society for chemists of all disciplines.
Five out of fifty northwest region students who made poster presentations of their senior
projects were selected to give oral presentations at the conference's Undergraduates Honor
Symposium. LCSC's Willmon and Chase were two of that special five. Willmon's presentation
was entitled, "Infrared and Raman analysis: Which instrument for which
analysis?" Chase, a secondary education major at LCSC, presented "Testing the
effectiveness of chemistry demonstrations on student comprehension of lecture
LCSC's chemistry department vigorously promotes summer research and internship in science
or medicine for its students. Four LC students worked this summer at the prestigious
federal research facility, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in Richland WA. They
were Jennifer Wassmuth, Amber Gauger, Candace Willmon and Haley Neff, all of Lewiston.
Also , the only chemistry student from the entire United States selected for summer 2001
work in the FBI Crime Laboratory in Washington DC was LCSC's Bo Jane Chadwick of Rogerson,
Idaho. She was involved with serology and DNA analysis.
Chemistry professor Christine Pharr helped make these opportunities available. She
delights in being able to channel the talents and infectious enthusiasm of her students.
In her words, "I can see that I am making a difference in individual students' lives.
That's a big part of why I am at LCSC."