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Chemistry Research – at Bakersfield College

OChem Letters April 2014Sometimes, community colleges get a bad rap. Naysayers don’t respect these hallowed halls for their educational offerings, and students aren’t lauded for their scholarly work.

Our students prove those naysayers wrong. Here’s one example.

Chemistry professor Dr. Kenward Vaughn challenges his students to write about their alcohol chemistry findings, and publishes the best of the bunch in the OChem Letters journal.

This year’s journal features the scholarly work of six Bakersfield College students, who each conducted experiments and studied their findings, before writing research journal-quality manuscripts.

If you have a moment, I encourage you to take a look. The things Bakersfield College students can do are simply amazing!


BC STEM Student Receives $30,000 PG&E Scholarship


Bakersfield College STEM student, Aaron Sproul, received PG&E’s $30,000 Bright Minds Scholarship which provides a $30,000 renewable scholarship each year.

PG&E presented Sproul with the scholarship in a surprise ceremony.

Congratulations, Aaron!

Aaron was a math tutor at BC and graduated with honors in 2012.  He then transferred to California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) where he is studying applied mathematics.

BC transfers students to the CSU system, the UC system and other four-year colleges across the nation.  Among the CSU transfers, CSUB gets the largest percentage.  In 2011-2012 approximately 73% of CSU transfers were to CSU Bakersfield.  Among the UC transfers, Davis, LA, and Berkeley more consistently had the largest number of transfers with Santa Barbara and Riverside making the top three periodically.

BC has a strong STEM program.  Check out previous blog posts at:

The NASA project:



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High School students enjoying Engineering at BC:


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