ESP Biography

MICHELLE PARK, Stanford senior in Chemistry

Major: Chemistry

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Stanford senior majoring in Chemistry, with a concentration in biological chemistry.

Past Classes

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C7164: Eating with Your Eyes: The Chemistry of Food Colorings in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
Would you drink black water? Clear Pepsi? How about using pink butter or green ketchup? Believe it or not, these products actually existed, and not that long ago either. But there is a reason these food fads did not last. Consumers prefer that the color of food matches its flavor. Through a series of hands-on activities, this class will investigate the chemistry of food colorings, giving students the chance to understand how both natural and artificial dyes are used in what they eat and drink every day.

C6748: It’s Elementary, Watson: Forensic Chemistry in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
O H , S Na P! Something’s gone wrong in the Stanford chemistry labs! We can’t find our beloved Professor Gen Hydro and there’s evidence everywhere of trickery afoot. We need your help! You have 50 minutes to find out what’s happened before the culprit strikes again. You will solve a series of chemistry-related problems to identify the perpetrator. Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

C6365: It's Time for Slime! in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
What is slime, and why is it slimy? In this hands-on, interactive class, we'll teach you everything you need to know about the science of slime--from non-Newtonian fluid dynamics to cross-linking chemistry. Join us! We'll make sure you leave the class with some insta-worthy slime!

C6096: Chemistry of Batteries in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
How do batteries work? Let's look inside to see what materials they use and how that lets them power our devices such as smartphones, laptops, cars, and scooters. We'll talk about the limits and future of batteries as well as how they're made. We'll build simple batteries in class out of different materials.

C6183: Chemistry of Food in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
What makes food power you? In this class, we'll look at the chemistry behind our digestive system and how chemical reactions work to get the energy our bodies need from food. We'll also explore lots of cool chemical properties of food, like pH. Plus, there will be plenty of samples for students to eat!