Community Champions Announced

CEF’s new Community Champions Program celebrates the on-going support that individuals in the chemistry industry provide to elevate the role of science and chemistry in learning and life. There are 14 Community Champions in 2018, and one Community Champion of the Year: Dow retiree Dr. Larry Sernyk!

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42 National Challenge Participants Announced for 2018

Here are the 42 You Be The Chemist National Challenge® participants for 2018! These students each won their State Challenge competition, and competed on June 18 in Washington, D.C. for the National Challenge Champion title!   Below, find the student representative from each state, and learn a bit about what each participant enjoys about the You Be The […]

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Meet Aidan Blum, National Challenge Participant & Chemical Engineer

Aidan Blum, Past National You Be The Chemist Challenge Participant, Starts Chemistry Career at PVS Chemicals, Inc. If you met Aidan Blum when he was a sixth-grader, you would recall a sweet, shy boy who preferred to stay out of the spotlight. Today, Aidan is an outgoing, energetic project engineer in the corporate engineering division at […]

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Meet Caroline Weathers, South Carolina Science Teacher

Meet Caroline Weathers, South Carolina Science Teacher Caroline Weathers is a seventh-grade science teacher in South Carolina. Her middle school has only three hundred students, about ninety percent of them qualify for free and reduced-cost lunch, and they have participated in the You Be The Chemist Challenge programs for the past three years. “You Be The […]

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Chemistry Week Lyrics Contest Winner Rewrites Twenty One Pilots Song

Congratulations to Adithya Taire, Winner of the CEF Chemistry Rocks Lyrics Contest! In honor of this year’s Chemistry Rocks theme, we gave students the opportunity to win $100 Amazon gift card and the chance for a chemist to virtually visit their classroom via a webinar we will facilitate. Students were required to rewrite the words to […]

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Meet Maggie Leake, 2005 Challenge Champion & PhD Candidate in Chemistry

We are thrilled to announce the beginning of our biggest fundraising campaign to date! Beginning today, we are embarking on a month-long campaign to raise $100,000 through support from science-champions like you. Be a part of our mission. Help us inspire today’s students to become the Maggie’s of tomorrow; the thinkers, innovators and STEM leaders […]

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Chemistry Career: Product Development Chemist

Today is our final highlight in this week’s career series celebrating National Chemistry Week. We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about many roles in the chemical field. Today, Jesse Walker joins us to share why he decided to pursue chemistry (it’s a sweet story!) and the cool project he is currently working on. Other careers in […]

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Chemistry Career: Chemical Engineer

Welcome to the fourth day of our chemistry careers series in celebration of National Chemistry Week! Sarah Ramirtha is a Chemical Engineer with a fascinating role at BASF Corporation. We are excited to take a look inside her job and day-to-day activities. Thank you for joining us, Sarah! Other careers in this series: Physical Organic Chemist Synthetic […]

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Chemistry Career: Industrial Chemist

Welcome to our third highlight in this week’s career series celebrating National Chemistry Week. Today, Scott Post joins us to share about his journey to a career in the chemistry field and his role at Univar USA. What type of chemist are you? I am an Industrial Chemist with Univar USA who provides technical support […]

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