Camille Schrier, a biochemist, won the Miss Virginia pageant on June 22 after performing a chemistry experiment during the talent portion of the competition.
She demonstrated the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, culminating in a colorful explosion of foam.
An advocate for women in STEM, Schrier is pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Schrier will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in September.
Camille Schrier won the Miss Virginia pageant on June 22 with an explosive display of talent.
The 24-year-old biochemist demonstrated the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, known as the “elephant toothpaste” reaction because of the streams of foam that shoot out of the graduated cylinders as a result of the catalyzed reaction. She replaced her pageant dress with a lab coat and safety goggles, though she still kept her high heels.