Wingate University professor is semifinalist in chemistry contest

Krista Wilson is a semifinalist in chemistry competition
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. – The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced Krista Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor at Wingate University, as one of 10 semifinalists in the Chemistry Champions contest. Contestants submitted a two – three minute video describing their research and then promoted their own videos through social media. A panel of 11 judges selected the semifinalists based on social media likes and tweets, as well as the quality and scientific accuracy of the video. The semifinalists will be flown to the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco for closed-door competition on August 9.

Wilson’s video, produced by Wingate University Television (WUTV), is entitled, “Chemistry of Frogs to Develop New Methods of Pain Relief.” Five finalists will be selected to present their research to a live public audience in San Francisco on Sunday, August 10. For more details about the contest, visit All eligible videos entered in the Chemistry Champions contest are available via the YouTube playlist

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio.

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