Elizabeth Breitbach is a Chemical Engineering student at UMD.
Making a Difference
Elizabeth believes in using opportunities to empower others and said Duluth has provided her with multiple ways to do just that. As a member of University Honors Student Association (UHSA), she was introduced to an after-school program at the Steve O’Neil Apartments, a complex for families suffering from long-term homelessness. She was elected to be an officer for UHSA and is excited to continue to plan outreach events.
Plans After College
Elizabeth said she chose to major in Chemical Engineering with little knowledge of what the major entailed and now she’s glad to be included in a great community of people.
After college, she is considering going into the medical field. "I'm working on completing pre-requisites for admission to pharmacy school, but I'm also thinking about pursuing a Ph.D. and becoming a professor," said Elizabeth. "Getting the Darland All-American Scholarship is a motivator for me to work harder in my academics and towards my future goals."
Elizabeth and her peers started the Chocolate Club at UMD to teach people of all ages about the chemical engineering of chocolate making and the ethics and sustainability that go in to making chocolate. The club had plans to work with other engineering clubs to host kids from the Duluth area to come to UMD and make chocolate. Unfortunately, those plans had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, but Elizabeth said they are already starting to plan for next year’s event.
She is also the treasurer of UMD's Society of Women Engineers and said, "I want to encourage more young girls to be interested in the sciences and do what I can to support their learning."
Learn more about UMD's Department of Chemical Engineering.