Experiment and Explore: Science Seminar

For rising 9th-12th-grade girls:

Sunday, July 16 – Saturday, July 22, 2023

Spend a week of your summer at Hollins University in our renovated Dana Science Building. Experiment and Explore is for all budding scientists! You’ll have experience in biology, chemistry, and environmental science along with being able to delve deeper into scientific topics that you are passionate about including forensic science, ecology, and health science. 

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Residential: $1,050
Day (9 am – 5 pm): $500


Susan CampbellSusan campbell, assistant professor in the department of animal and poultry sciences and core faculty member in the school of neuroscience at Virginia Tech

  • Has a B.S. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • Current work at Virginia Tech involves studying novel mechanisms by which altered communication between brain cells leads to the development of epilepsy
  • Interested in identifying unconventional targets that may uncover novel therapeutic strategies to treat patients with epilepsy. Also examining the interaction between anti-epileptic drugs and the gut microbiome to better understand its involvement in the treatment of epilepsy
  • Studies pediatric epilepsy by investigating the divergent mechanisms by which brain cancer cells induce seizures in the adult and pediatric brain. The goal is to develop more targeted therapies for pediatric tumor-associated epilepsy.

Brian ReevesBrian Reeves, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Hollins University

  • Has a B.S. in chemistry from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in materials chemistry from Colorado State University.
  • Interested in designing and synthesizing new materials for flexible and transparent electronics applications.
  • Current work at Hollins is focused on synthesizing new hybrid nanosheets for use in flexible solar cells. The project aims to improve upon a component of organic solar cells called the electron transport layer, by combining components from organic and inorganic solar cells. The overall goal is to improve the efficiency and lower the cost of flexible solar cells.