WFiT Scholarship Recipient: Katya Arquilla

April 26, 2018

Meet Katya Arquilla, a WFiT recipient studying at CU Boulder. Using the WFiT scholarship she was able to progress her doctoral research. Learn more about her journey!

What do you like best about your university’s STEM programs?

CU Boulder's Aerospace Engineering Department is always focused on new technologies and what the cutting edge of engineering looks like. It makes it a really exciting environment for research and study!

What advice can you share to other young women pursuing STEM degrees?

No matter how many times you get talked over or ignored, keep talking about your ideas and doing your work - it may not be in our generation, but someday there will be equality in STEM and our hard work is making that a possibility.

How has the WFiT scholarship program impacted your educational and professional development?

I was recently awarded a fellowship from The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory to support my doctoral research, and I believe my receipt of the WFiT scholarship was an important addition to my qualifications that made the difference in my selection for this fellowship.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In three years, I hope to have completed my PhD in Aerospace Engineering, and in five I hope to be working in the field I am studying now: wearable sensor technologies for use in mental health monitoring.  

When you are not studying, what do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy being outside -- hiking, biking, snowboarding, and just spending time in the sunshine.

Who is your biggest female role model in the STEM field?

My PhD advisor, Dr. Allison Anderson. She is involved in all sorts of amazing human spaceflight research, cares about and talks to each of her students every day, and still manages to have enough energy to be excited about all things space. She rocks.

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