Biochemist Camille Schrier Wins Miss America Competition
A biochemist whose talent involved a colorful chemistry experiment won the Miss America competition on Thursday night.
According to The Hill, Camille Schrier — a 24-year-old Pennsylvania native who graduated cum laude from Virginia Tech with dual bachelor of science degrees in biochemistry and systems biology — said her goal was to "break stereotypes about what it means to be a Miss America in 2020” by being a “woman of science.”
“I’m not the beauty queen,” Schrier said. “I’m the brand ambassador for this organization and I’m more than just someone with a crown on my head.”
Virginia Tech Science on Twitter
“Recorded from @MissAmerica: @MissAmericaVA Camille Schrier takes her elephants toothpaste chemistry demo to the national stage! #MissAmerica2020 @VT_alumni #WomenInSTEM https://t.co/NZ4FRLXT5I”
The Miss America competition has undergone changes in recent years, including dropping the swimsuit competition and judging on physical appearance. The Hill noted that the women who participate are now called candidates, rather than contestants, as they compete for “a $50,000 scholarship and the role of Miss America, a one-year paid position.”
“To make it relevant for these young women, it was important for us as a scholarship and service organization to make sure that we were reflective of this generation, meaning that you no longer had to be defined by some sort of ideal,” Regina Hopper, president and CEO of the Miss America Organization, told the Associated Press.