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.