High School Students participating in the EPIC program, November 2010.
Updatd 16 September 2011
WHAT IS EPIC? The Enrichment Program in Chemistry (EPIC) at the University of Manitoba was created in the summer of 2009 by Dr. Horace Luong. The program provides selected Winnipeg high school students (and equivalent) with a unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond their regular classrooms. Participants will develop laboratory skills and scientific thinking abilities through activities designed to stimulate interest in chemistry.
EPIC's central goal is to introduce participants to as many areas as possible in the multifaceted field of chemistry by conducting experiments in: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, materials, environmental/green, and biochemistry. In each Saturday session, we will explore at least one of these areas.
Selected students will meet at the Department of Chemistry, University of Manitoba, one Saturday each month, during the months November - February (with a break in January). Each Saturday session will be 3 hours in length.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN EPIC
Students participating in EPIC should expect the following benefits:
Chemistry is such a diverse field of study that those who pursue chemistry can do anything from examining how light interacts with matter (spectroscopy) to analyzing concentrations of chemicals (analytical chemistry). Activities planned for EPIC participants include, but not limited to, chemical synthesis, making analytical measurements, and isolating natural products. EPIC participants will be able to describe how caffeine can be extracted from tea, how soap is made, how much vitamin c is in various food products, and describe the chemistry behind some commonly encountered art projects. Watch our students in action.
HOW PARTICIPANTS ARE SELECTED FOR THE PROGRAM?
Dr. Horace Luong
Phone: (204) 474-7916
Fax: (204) 474-7608
Watch this web site for updates!
We gratefully acknowledge the Chemical Institute of Canada, Chemical Education Fund, for their support of this program.