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Students Visit UO Chemistry Department

EUGENE, Ore. — Local kids got a taste of higher education Thursday, when they met with the University of Oregon’s Chemistry Department.

Students from Hamlin Middle School learned all about the chemistry of color, thanks to faculty members and grad students who volunteered their time.

Visits like this are part of the university’s science education outreach effort, which is trying to offset the impact of K-12 budget cuts.

“It’s really important for kids to have hands on experience. I think that most people who are now scientists had someone who really had an impact in their life and science and made things interesting, so we’re trying to do that for these kids,” said Mike Pluth, UO Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

The outreach program recently got a $25,000 grant to continue its efforts.

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