Cheers to Kingsborough Community College alum and Class of 2016 chemistry major Kate Maziarz, who was recently featured in the Beyond Benign International Day of Women and Girls in Science campaign.
Beyond Benign is dedicated to providing future and current scientists, educators, and citizens with the tools to teach and learn about green chemistry to create a sustainable future.
Dr. Amy Cannon, executive director at Beyond Benign, had an opportunity to speak with Kate about her passion for science, green chemistry, and sustainability, and discussed the importance of teaching green chemistry to college and high school students. Kate, who is now a junior at Mt. Holyoke College, responded, “If we do not start educating chemistry students early on in science education, then we will never build a sustainable future. The most exciting part about learning green chemistry is the overall challenge.”
While at Kingsborough, Kate presented at several conferences with Professor Barcena, including the City University of New York Research Scholars Program and the American Chemical Society, and also individually presented her work at a conference in Belgium — the only undergraduate student to do so.
“Kate is one of the most inquisitive students I have taught,” said Prof. Barcena. “I am proud that she is one of Kingsborough’s success stories.”
Kate was also the receipient of the 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship award, through which she received up to $40,000 a year to complete her bachelor’s degree. Kate was Kingsborough’s fourth awardee in three years.
Standing O wishes Kate a very green future.
Kingsborough Community College [2001 Oriental Blvd. at Quentin Street in Manhattan Beach, (718) 368–5000].