From Creating Rock Climbing Holds to Conducting Amgen Scholars Research, Meet Elizabeth (Lily) Hallett
"I was really interested in exploring Caltech, specifically the Lewis lab’s work on solar fuel. That particular project really drew me to apply to the Program."
Elizabeth (Lily) Hallett
Fayetteville, Arkansas Carolina
Host University: Caltech
Home University: University of Arkansas
Amgen Scholar Year: 2017
Major: Chemical Engineering
Expected Graduation: Spring 2019
Journey to Science
How did you become interested in science?
I first became interested in science when I was running a small business making rock climbing holds. I was using polyurethane and became interested in polymer chemistry and specifically working toward making more sustainable polymers. Since then, I have gravitated more to energy generation. Science is really empowering, and I am excited to be part of the next wave of discoveries.
Academic and Professional Ambitions
What’s the larger significance of your Amgen Scholars research? What’s your ultimate career goal?
I worked in the lab of Nate Lewis to generate liquid fuels from solar energy. Energy generation is the most fundamental necessity of any society; it ties to everything. Without energy, you can’t get anything done and with enough it, we can solve almost any other problem.
I would like to work in industry and help implement renewable energy technologies. It’s important to me not only to discover new ways of doing things but also to make them feasible on a large scale so they can improve the lives of as many people as possible.
Why did you apply to the Amgen Scholars Program?
I was really interested in exploring Caltech, specifically the Lewis lab’s work on solar fuel. That particular project really drew me to apply to the Program. There’s a lot of seminars, social events and other opportunities available that make it a complete experience.
What aspects of the program did you enjoy most?
I love the community of people who are likeminded. We are all passionate about what we do. There are a lot of interesting conversations that take place, and it’s really nice to have people to share ideas with and to inspire me as a scientist.
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