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Pine Belt High School Students Attend Mole Day Celebration at USM

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Sumrall High School student Sara Cardenas, left, participates in an experiment conducted by USM Professor Vijay Rangachari as part of Mole Day festivities. (Photo by Kelly Dunn)

High school students from across the Pine Belt participated in demonstrations, quizzes, and other activities in celebration of Mole Day on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at USM sponsored the event.

The annual event gave USM instructors and researchers an opportunity to highlight the wonders of chemistry while also providing an inside look at the University’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Representatives from the Office of Admissions were also on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.