Timing can be everything – both in life and science. Those two seemed to converge recently when Miss Virginia Camille Schrier - who’s pursuing a doctorate in pharmacy - was crowned Miss America 2020. For her talent, Schrier didn’t sing an operatic song or play the piano, she wore a lab coat and mixed hydrogen peroxide, food coloring, dish soap and potassium iodide to make “elephant’s toothpaste.”
Learn about her research into circadian rhythms at Virginia Tech, where she earned a double degree in systems biology and biochemistry.
The selection of a scientist seemed fitting in a year when the Miss America organization dusted off and rebooted the longstanding, some would say outdated, competition among young women for scholarship dollars, a crown and a platform. With “Miss America 2.0,” they stopped calling it a pageant, dropped the swimsuit competition and moved the event from Atlantic City after Labor Day to a Connecticut casino in late December.
Schrier was praised for drawing attention to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and has chosen a “social impact initiative” related to pharmacy: “Mind Your Meds: Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics.”