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Michelle Yue

Murray 1693 Scholarmichelle yue


Virginia Beach, VA (Princess Anne HS)


Biology and Philosophy

Why W&M

Many colleges boast a diverse student body, a vibrant music community, and plenty of ways for students to challenge themselves academically. One thing that sets William & Mary apart from other colleges is its unparalleled opportunities for conducting scientific research as an undergraduate. After talking to current 1693 Scholars during the Finalist Weekend, I became convinced that this was true, especially because of William & Mary’s high focus on undergraduate education. I knew that I wanted laboratory research to be a significant part of my college experience, and it was clear that William & Mary would help me achieve this goal.

In addition to offering me opportunities for conducting research, W&M also offers me a sense of community. During the Finalist Weekend, I listened with fascination as current scholars talked about their interests. Graph theory. Russian literature. The Bayeux Tapestry. Although each person had individual and often contrasting interests, all seemed to share the same passion for what they were learning as well as a sense of curiosity about the interests of others around them. Through this shared sense of passion and eagerness to learn from others, I found the nurturing community that I desired, a community that I am excited to be a part of my next four years.

W&M Activities
  • Research in Dr. Margaret Saha's Developmental Biology Lab
  • Student Assembly, Review Board
  • Teaching assistant for BIOL 203 - Introduction to Molecules, Cells, Development (Fall 2020)
  • Teaching assistant for BIOL 480 - Readings in Synthetic Biology (Spring 2021)
  • Global Medical Brigades
  • Medical Shadowing
  • Diverse Philosophies Club
  • Accidentals Acapella Group
Journal Publications
  • Co-first author of a review paper on the tweety gene family published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience (link)
  • Essay on the nature of truth published in Structure (link)
National Conference Presentation
Presented original research at the Society for Developmental Biology Annual Conference (July 2020)
Study Abroad, Academic Year 2021-2022

Visiting student at Hertford College, University of Oxford studying medical anthropology, health and disease, philosophy, and politics

Summer 2021

Research in Dr. George Church's Lab at Harvard Medical School's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

Summer 2020

Research in Dr. Margaret Saha's Developmental Biology Lab

High School Activities
  • Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Class President
  • Summer Biology Research Internship at the National Institutes of Health
  • Classical Piano
  • Varsity Tennis
  • Biology Research Volunteer 
  • Founder and Leader of Against All Alz
  • ODS Leadership Workshop Counselor
  • Virginia Beach Leadership Workshop
  • National Latin Honor Society and National Honor Society
Awards / Distinctions
  • National AP Scholar
  • The Virginian-Pilot Scholastic Achievement Recognition
  • American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2019 (1st Place for piano)