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Science Career Symposium

Co-sponsored by the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences & the Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

November 8, 2008


CCU Exhibit: “Chemistry at the Center of the Galaxy”


A presentation in the laboratory showed students how the shape of molecules is characterized by their rotational spectroscopy in the microwave region of the spectrum.  A laboratory measurement was performed and compared to spectra acquired using the Green Bank Telescope to show how the spectral fingerprint can be used to identify a molecule in space. 

Over 100 students from middle school through high school grade levels were in attendance, many of whom were affiliated with Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Computers for Kids and the Girl Scouts.

The laboratory presentation was designed and delivered by Justin Neill, a UVa graduate student. 


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