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Seniors to vie for chemistry scholarships

Nov. 01, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- High school seniors in Lawrence County and other areas in the region are invited to compete for a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to study chemistry at the University of Rio Grande.

Rio's Second Annual Chemistry Scholarship competition is this month, and all area high school seniors interested in studying chemistry are encouraged to apply.

Along with the one full scholarship, partial-tuition, four-year scholarships will also be awarded to the second- and third-place students in the competition.

The competition is open to all high school seniors who will be starting college in the fall of 2013.

The competition is based on an examination that all of the applicants will take at Rio Grande. The test is made up of two components, and students will spend the day on campus on Friday, Nov. 16, to take the examination and learn more about the chemistry program, according to a news release from the university.

One part of the examination will be a multiple-choice section that will test the chemistry knowledge of the applicants. The subjects that will be included in this section will include atomic structure, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, gas laws thermochemistry, chemical bonding, molecular shape, intermolecular forces, solutions, acid-based chemistry and nuclear chemistry.

A second part of the examination will be a written section that is designed to help the chemistry faculty members learn more about the high school seniors.

The students who take part in the competition will also receive a guided tour of the Rio Grande campus, and will learn more about the chemistry facilities on campus. The applicants will also have the opportunity to talk with faculty members, as well as students who are studying chemistry at Rio Grande.

Rio Grande revamped its chemistry program a few years ago in order to better meet the needs of current students, and this year's senior class will be the first to graduate from the new program.

Chemistry students also have the opportunity work in internship programs in the region, such as the new summer internship program with Ohio Precious Metals in Jackson, in order to gain real world experience, according to the news release.

The chemistry program is designed to prepare students for graduate-degree programs or to go to work right after graduation. This year's class of chemistry seniors, for example, includes students who are planning to go to medical school, enroll in pharmaceutical schools or other graduate programs, and work in industry after graduation.

John Means, assistant professor of chemistry and chemistry program coordinator at Rio Grande, is proud of how well this senior class of students is doing, and he is very pleased with how the winners of last year's Chemistry Scholarship competition are progressing in the program.

"It has been fantastic," Means said in the release. The scholarship winners are all excellent students, and they have fit in well with the chemistry department.

For more information on the chemistry program or on the Chemistry Scholarship competition, call Means at 1-800-282-7201. For additional information or to register for the competition, log onto www.rio.edu/chemistry.

The deadline for registering for the competition is Friday, Nov. 9.