Marlington Eighth Graders Experiment with UMU Professors, Students

June 13, 2016

Marlington Middle School students at Mount UnionALLIANCE, Ohio – Students from Marlington Middle School were able to participate in a Science Day on May 25 on the campus of the University of Mount Union.

The program, hosted by the Department of Chemistry at the Mount Union, gives eighth grade students in Marlington’s enriched science program the opportunity to do college-level chemistry experiments facilitated by University faculty and students.

The program was initiated seven years ago by Dr. Scott Mason, professor of chemistry and Dr. Sheryl Mason, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, to attempt to give younger students more opportunity to be involved with science and the collegiate community.

This year, Mount Union students and six University faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry helped guide the eighth graders through some of the same experimental trials that many Mount Union students perform in the CHE 110 and CHE 120 courses.  The Marlington students rotated through two different chemistry labs to perform those experiments, then they also visited a third lab which featured demonstrations from current Mount Union students.

The four faculty members joining the Masons were: Dr’s. Jeff Buth, Debra Boyd-Kimball, Carolyn Reid and Bob Woodward.

Following the experimentation, the Marlington students then had the opportunity to take guided tours around campus and purchased lunches provided by Mount Union’s AVI Dining Service at the B&B Café.

For more information about Science Day, contact Sheryl Mason at

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