A 24-Year-Old Biochemist Won The Miss Virginia Pageant By Performing A Science Experiment Onstage As Her Talent

Camille Schrier, a biochemist, did a science experiment during the talent portion of the Miss Virginia pageant on Saturday.  John Herzog/Miss Virginia

Camille Schrier, a biochemist, did a science experiment during the talent portion of the Miss Virginia pageant on Saturday. John Herzog/Miss Virginia

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.

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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.

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