My name is Hannah Hidle and I’m an EMAP student graduating in May of 2021. I was born in Tennessee, but primarily grew up in the DC/Northern VA area. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, majoring in Foreign Affairs and minoring in Global Sustainability. I was very excited to learn about the EMAP program, because it gave me the opportunity to advance my scientific understanding of global climate issues without having a strong prior background in chemistry. From this degree, I hope to utilize my new foundation in environmental chemistry to bridge the gap between climate policy and the scientific community.
I encourage potential students who have an academic background similar to mine not to be daunted by the scientific aspect of this program — I have found that the diversity of student backgrounds in my cohort has only strengthened my education and enthusiasm to learn. I never thought of myself as a scientist, but EMAP has opened a whole new world of career possibilities for me.