Camille Schrier grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, eventually moving to Virginia to complete dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology with honors from Virginia Tech. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.
A science lover for life, in June 2019 Camille was selected as Miss Virginia after breaking from tradition to perform a highly engaging, entertaining and educational science demonstration, the “catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide” for the onstage talent competition. Her unique performance put a laser focus on women in STEM and sparked an enormous positive reaction, leading to a personal protective equipment sponsorship and a new STEM scholarship from an American chemical company. Camille traveled throughout Virginia inspiring thousands of students and became a sought after keynote speaker in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
A national and international viral sensation, her story reached millions through The Today Show, Talk Stoop, CNN, BBC, The Kelly Clarkson Show, CBS This Morning, Inside Edition, The Weather Channel, Southern Living, Canada’s CTV, Germany’s RTL, and many more.
A certified Naloxone trainer and future Doctor of Pharmacy, Schrier utilizes her platform to advocate for promote her social impact initiative, Mind Your Meds: Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics, with a strong focus on combating the opioid epidemic.
On December 19, 2019 competing live on NBC, Camille was named Miss America 2020, distinguishing her in the 100 year history of the organization as the only woman to ever win the job with the help of science. She further carved her legacy as the first Miss America to speak in the United Nations General Assembly. The only Miss America to ever face the challenge of serving her role through a pandemic and be fully grounded for an extended period, Camille travelled the country both physically and virtually advocating not only for her social impact initiative, Mind Your Meds: Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics, with a strong focus on combating the opioid epidemic, but also for the advancement of STEM education. Flexible, adaptable, creative, and resilient, she educated and advocated around substance use disorders and decreasing stigma, collaborated with the DEA & CDC for medication safety initiatives, and brought science to thousands of students, imprinting for young women that “if I can see it, I can be it” while normalizing for young men the image of powerful females in science roles. Facing the pandemic with a pioneering mindset, Camille created an at home studio which became the base for projects like “Cooking up Science with Miss America” with PBS VPM which she wrote, filmed and produced, and the “Mind Your Meds with Miss America” webinar series with Advanced Recovery Systems, as well as numerous keynote addresses, and appearances for STEM, pharmacy, and business conferences. As the first “virtual Miss America” she connected with key experts in the areas of opioids and STEM, as well as directly into science classrooms across the country reaching thousands of children, and used her platform and voice to continue to raise awareness of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder with which she was diagnosed at age 11. Innovative and entrepreneurial, in 2021 she launched of her own science educational brand, Her Royal Scientist, to continue to spread her message that “science is all around us” by exciting young minds about STEM, with emphasis on reaching underserved communities and normalizing femininity in the STEM world.
An avid outdoorswoman with a passion for all living creatures, she loves fishing, hiking, and walking her canine companion. She considers herself a foodie with an innate hunger for “experimenting” in her own kitchen since she was a young girl, and a craving to never miss an opportunity to experience local cuisine wherever her travels may take her.