In the second of our series spotlighting MSA Student Success Stories, we spent some time learning more about MSA Student Member, Diane Haiber and her area of research.
I got my undergraduate degree at University of Arizona with a major in Material Science and Engineering. After graduating in 2015, I came to Arizona State to earn my PhD in Material Science and Engineering. Currently, I am a third year PhD student working in the Peter A. Crozier research group.
Current research focus:
We develop and apply advanced electron microscopy including monochromated electron energy loss spectroscopy and in-situ TEM for renewable energy materials. Specifically, my work aims to reveal structure-function relationships in visible-light absorbing photocatalysts for solar fuel production by leveraging these different techniques.
At the PMCx60 for M&M 2017, I presented a poster titled, "Revealing the Structure of Graphitic Carbon Nitride through Low-Dose TEM using a Direct Electron Detector", focusing on using Low Dose TEM to characterize structural disorder in graphitic carbon nitride. I also gave an oral presentation at the main conference on the same project in addition to a poster titled, "Monochromated EELS and Optical Spectroscopy of Layered Carbon Nitrides."
Advice to new graduate students:
I would say to any new graduate student to try new things and go outside of your comfort zone - that is where personal growth takes place. Whether that is mentoring undergraduate students, pushing yourself to present at conferences, or getting involved in the graduate student community, all of these facilitate growth beyond technical skills. Delve into your research and see where it takes you! Networking and expanding your knowledge of different fields can be as straightforward as starting conversations on LinkedIn.
Interesting personal note:
In my free time, I listen to podcasts, dance the Melbourne shuffle to house and techno music, or play with my French bulldog in the year-round sunny weather. On campus, I started an ad-hoc graduate student community with a group of students. We are working on making professional development events and collaborating with the chemical engineering graduate community to have symposiums where students can present their research.
MSA Student Bursary Program for M&M 2018
Once again, MSA is offering the student bursary program for the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2018 meeting. Students are encouraged to attend the annual meeting with the opportunity to offset some of the meeting costs. Many Student Council officers and members started their M&M experience as student bursars, which is a great opportunity to interact with peers and assist the society throughout the conference. If you would like to participate in the student bursary program for 2018 to help offset your meeting costs send an email to Student Council at the link below. Registration is now open.
Questions about the bursary/volunteer program or would like to participate contact:
Janet Gbur - Student Council President
Benefits of MSA Student Membership
Did you know MSA Student Members...
- Receive discounted registration to M&M 2018?
- Receive discounted registration to PMCx60 at M&M 2018?
- Receive Microscopy and Microanalysis and Microscopy Today?
- Can apply for the Student Bursary Program for M&M 2018?
And that's just the start! MSA Student Membership is filled with benefits for undergraduate and graduate students and MSA Student Council programming at M&M 2018 is without a doubt some of the most exciting to date! If you have not done so already, visit "
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