Hannah Hayes, MAVERICK CLASS OF '22
What inspired you to choose chemistry as your major?
I always enjoyed learning about science, but my high school chemistry class is what inspired me to pursue a degree in biochemistry. I was fascinated by how chemistry was used to explain the phenomenon we see every day.
What was your favorite chemistry class and why?
I really enjoyed general chemistry 1 because of my professor; Dr. Rogers is very passionate about teaching and it shows. He made learning exciting and fun. I also enjoyed taking physical chemistry because it finally connected all of the pieces from the other classes I had taken. It explained why things work the way that they do.
What do you see as your ideal long-term career?
After graduate school, I hope to pursue a career in material science with a focus in environmental remediation. After working in industry, I hope to return to academia as a chemistry professor.
Have you been involved in research? If yes, which professor(s) lab?
Yes, I have worked in both Dr. MacDonnell's and Dr. Kroll's research labs.
What was the most impactful experience you had as a student while at UTA?
I think the most impactful experience was having the opportunity to present my research at different conferences. Being able to share my research and learn about other research in the same field was exciting.
What advice would you give to your younger self about college?
My advice would be to make sure you internalize the material in the lower level classes in order to avoid having to relearn it again later. All of the later classes build on the topics you learned previously, so don't forget the basics.
What is one thing that people who know you might be surprised to learn?
I moved 9 times as a child, which was challenging, but made me more adaptable.