Haley Vapnik is a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering who is advised by Xiao Su. Their research group develops advanced materials for molecularly selective separations and process intensification for applications in energy, environment, and chemical manufacturing.
Why did you choose ChBE for graduate school?
I joined ChBE for graduate school because I felt lots of support from professors as well as all the graduate students.
What is your favorite part about graduate school, so far?
One of my favorite parts of being in graduate school is being in an environment where everyone around me strives towards increasing their own knowledge and furthering science. It helps me grow more as a scientist with so many incredible ideas floating around.
What has been a highlight of your time at UIUC?
One of the biggest highlights of being at UIUC is the support I feel from all the faculty, staff, and other graduate students. Graduate school can be difficult and it is great to know people are there if you need it.
What does diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you?
Diversity, equity, and inclusion is being able to be in an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and involved regardless of your background and gender.
Why do you believe having a diverse environment for graduate school is important?
Having a diverse environment is important for many reasons, and not just because it's the ethical or moral thing to do, but there are more ideals and talents brought to the table when different people are able to work together.
What are some DEI initiatives that you take part in on/off campus?
I have had the opportunity to be a part of various mentoring programs focused on increasing interest in STEM fields among underrepresented groups.