A new series in introducing Hamilton High School students to scientists in the valley.

The Hamilton High School Science Club started "Careers in Science" on Valentine's Day February 14 with Dr. Kendall Ryter of GlaxoSmithKline, which has a production facility on the north end of Hamilton. He talked about his life as a professional chemist.

Tom Schmitt, Hamilton High School science teacher and Science Club advisor said about 20 students attended the first speech. In a school news release, Schmitt said the challenge for the speakers is simple..."You have 30 minutes to get kids excited about a career in science."

Dr Ryter told the students about being an organic chemist at GlaxoSmithKline and advised them to "do something you are passionate about - otherwise it is a waste of your time."

Science Club President Niall Gallagher Clancy is lining up more speakers for the remainder of the school year. Next up will be Chris Clancy, a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist.