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Miss Virginia Wants Girls to Love Science

Miss Virginia 2019 nixed singing or dancing and displayed a science experiment for the talent portion of the competition. The Pharm.D candidate spoke to Brut about breaking pageant stereotypes and advocating for STEM education for girls. 🔬

Empowering her in ways that the previous pageants never did.

Miss Virginia 2019 Camille Schrier is showing young girls that science isn't just a boy’s club. She's currently a Doctor of Pharmacy Student at Virginia Commonwealth University. After a hiatus from competitions, she found an innovative way to showcase her love for science on the pageant stage. In June 2019, Schrier won the Miss Virginia title beating out 24 other contestants who showcased traditional talents such as singing and dancing. Upon hearing her name announced, Schrier fell to the floor, overcome with tears. Schrier says she never dreamed of the surreal moment because she never thought it was possible.

“For me I never thought I would even be a candidate for a Miss America type competition because I didn't want to be in a swimsuit. So, when they changed the organization to getting rid of that swimsuit competition. I took that as a challenge to figure out a way to make my science and the academic talents that I do have to make them engage. And it also gave me a really great opportunity to inspire young women to go into STEM careers and kids to get them excited about science. I've had children and parents and people that I've never met reach out to me on social media and tell me that they're excited that I can be a role model for their young girl or son and. I never expected to be able to make this kind of an impact”

She says the new format of the Miss America Competition empowered her in ways that the previous pageants never did. Women account for less than one-third of scientific research and development staff across the world according to Catalyst. Schrier says the chance to be the scientist role model she never had is more important than winning. Schrier says she will spend the next year traveling the Commonwealth and advocating for STEM education, drug safety and abuse prevention as well as visiting schools and children’s hospitals. Schrier will compete in the Miss America pageant on September 9, 2019.

Brut.

07/23/2019 11:48 AM
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  • الشيخ ب.
    a day

    I wish some day after u immigrate to USA, to see u on the same stage.. Elected as the most beautiful Scientist-Woman in the world

  • Syed O.
    a day

    : I challenge you to do this :D

  • Kharl S.
    a day

    Me after no nut november ends

  • Hamzà R.
    a day

    shfty !!!

  • Lazy L.
    2 days

    She wants other girls to join science doing just catalytic decomposition of H2O2 and here, I got inspired by seniors when I saw them throwing sodium in water😂😂

  • Gabi D.
    3 days

    No te entendí ni vergas nose ingles

  • Priyanshu K.
    4 days

    Hi

  • Christopher M.
    4 days

    When u have a pageant, but still u need to have your performnance task...

  • Abdëlläh J.
    4 days

    Able too , what a girl so amazing And also she's trying in a deferent way to engage women in science , which is so Cool , and with seriously this is in everywhere on insta and YouTube 🤗

  • Ricardo P.
    4 days

    una asi

  • Ger G.
    4 days

    Waoh she learn that on youtube

  • Clara G.
    4 days

    eso yo quería hacer inútiles

  • Ferlyn S.
    5 days

    ito sinasabi ko oh

  • Musa Y.
    5 days

    I have news for you, the world is flat There’s a fake sun in antarctica, they’re doing it to make the world believe it’s a ball.

  • Luciano T.
    5 days

    estaría bueno qeu demuestre la curvatura de la tierra...

  • Ha N.
    5 days

    Bravo faut changer ces lois faites par les hommes qui ne voit la femme qu'un objet... Donnant plus d'importance à la matière grise qu'à la graisse....

  • Britania S.
    6 days

    de esto te hablaba😉

  • Don L.
    6 days

    بس كرباق الله وكيلك

  • Oum M.
    6 days

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  • Pencinta A.
    6 days

    Ada yg gak pake kutang tadi 😄😄😄