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Release Date: February 5, 2016

Camosun Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology students Kyle Cessford, Brian Thompson and Tara Turnham took the top three places at the regional Chemical Institute of Canada Student Symposium held in Victoria last week.

Presenting to an audience that included influential academic and industrial chemists, as well as students from the Island’s post-secondary schools, Kyle, Brian and Tara demonstrated knowledge, composure and confidence as they spoke about three diverse and complex projects: 3-D printing with organic molecules, phenethylamines and Technetium, the first artificially-produced element.

The three students each followed a different path to the ACBT program, but they all agree that the hands-on learning, easy access to the instructors, small class sizes and co-op opportunities are real advantages to their Camosun experience. Participating in the symposium has its perks, too, like building a professional network. “After my presentation, the president of a chemical analysis company congratulated me, and gave me his business card,” says Brian, who hopes to work for a while before continuing on with his degree—possibly at UVic.

Program Chair John Lee says that Camosun’s ACBT program provides students with some tangible benefits that prepare them for good careers or further studies. “Our students get much more laboratory experience than they would in the first 2 years at University, and employers really appreciate the problem solving skills, analytical thinking, and applied laboratory experience of our graduates.”

About Camosun’s Arts and Sciences programs

Camosun offers university transferrable courses and programs in a range of fields. With a 2+2 option, students can graduate with a two-year diploma and plenty of job-ready skills that employers can count on. And, when ready, many of the programs transfer directly to university for four-year bachelor degrees and more. Learn more online or at an information session.


Karla Sandwith
Communications Strategist
Communications, Advancement and Planning
Camosun College

Last updated: February 5, 2016 10:17 am

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