Abigail Snyder, May 2021 Graduate from Prof. Gardella's group
I’m in the process of publishing two manuscripts based on the work from my dissertation, but my work was featured in a recently published book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis, written by Erica Cirino. If anyone’s interested in the ongoing fight against plastic pollution, they can pick up a copy here: http://www.ericacirino.com/plastic.
My research consisted of surface analytical chemistry focused on PFASs detection, qualification, and quantification on various polymers, including microplastic pieces collected from the Great Lakes.
I enjoyed coordinating events for my fellow students and helping to foster good communication between graduate students and the department heads as an E-Board member of the Graduate Chemistry Club. I also enjoyed the community outreach opportunities where I got to teach kids about the joys of chemistry!
Outside of lab, I enjoy cooking, baking, playing sports, and playing video games. I also like going to local festivals, conventions, and concerts in my free time!