Michelle Yue

Murray 1693 Scholarmichelle yue


Virginia Beach, VA (Princess Anne HS)

Areas of Interest

Biology, Philosophy, Music

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.

High School Activities
  • Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Class President
  • Summer Internship at the National Institutes of Health (biological research)
  • Piano
  • Tennis
  • Founder and Leader of Against All Alz
  • ODS Leadership Workshop Councilor
  • 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)