Abigail Hartline

  • Class

    Class of 2024
  • Program

    B.S. in Chemistry; minors in Math, Society and Health ( College of Liberal Arts )
  • Hometown

    Picayune, MS (South)
  • Involvement

    Service and Community Engagement
  • Social Media

  • About

    Abigail is pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry and minoring in Math, and Society and Health. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. She works for the Chemistry Department as a General Chemistry Teaching Assistant and participates in The Tanner Lab as an Undergraduate Researcher. She is vice-president of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society, and volunteers with the Red Cross.

Get to Know Abigail Hartline

Why did you choose to attend UM?

As a 2020 graduate, I knew I needed to be somewhere that felt like home in order to ride out the pandemic. Luckily, I had had the chance to tour UM's campus and felt instantly comfortable.

When and how did you choose your major(s)/minor(s)?

I've always loved science but wasn't quite sure which particular field best fit my academic interests. I had the opportunity to meet with a few professors who pointed me towards chemistry, and I've loved it ever since!

What would you tell a high school student about your major?

Chemistry gives you a great understanding of the world around you, starting with the smallest atom and working your way up. You should be prepared to dip your toes in all aspects of science and math, and gain comfort in research settings. Chemistry will give you a chance to be creative and innovative.

Why is your department a special place?

The chemistry department is small enough that you get to know your fellow majors really well and you'll feel comfortable with the faculty.

What are your 3 favorite things about your major/department at UM?

I love the variety of chemistry classes available, how well it fits in with so many different minors, and the family-like atmosphere of the department.

What has been one of your most memorable or enjoyable moments at UM?

My most memorable experience was my first time presenting my own research. I had the awesome opportunity to stay over the summer for our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) the summer after my freshman year. I worked in a research lab all summer and got to present my research at a virtual site visit and I was able to travel to Nebraska to present at Women in the Physical Sciences (WoPHYS) fall semester sophomore year.

What is one thing you wish you knew as an incoming freshman that you’d tell your past self?

Everything is going to be fine. Be kind to yourself around midterms and finals and never turn down a trip to Yaya's (frozen yogurt can and will fix everything).

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