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Scholar Spotlight: Austin Heidbreder

Junior at University of Northern Iowa

I’m very excit­ed to do as much chem­istry research as pos­si­ble as I pre­pare to attend grad­u­ate school and con­tin­ue study­ing chemistry.”

What is your favorite class and why?

My favorite class so far has been descrip­tive inor­gan­ic chem­istry because it was advanced enough to be chal­leng­ing, and it answered a lot of why” ques­tions that oth­er chem­istry class­es had not got­ten into.

What advice would you give to an incom­ing fresh­man?

Every­one says to explore groups and clubs, and they’re right. It’s the best way to meet friends and peo­ple like you. Don’t be afraid to be socia­ble.

Where do you see your­self in five years? 10 years?  

After I com­plete my Ph.D., I see myself doing chem­istry research in areas I’m inter­est­ed in.

What do like most about your school?

UNI is the per­fect size. It’s small enough to be per­son­al and big enough to have many oppor­tu­ni­ties.

What’s a fun fact we should know about you?

I’ve been learn­ing to play gui­tar for the last two years, which has been a lot of fun.

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