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Haley Michele Mickelsen

Bachelor of Science, Molecular Biology


Briefly tell us about yourself (e.g. hometown, family, hobbies, favorite BYU courses, intended profession)

I was born and raised in Plain City, Utah. If you're wondering what that was like, just reread the name. My parents kept life interesting, though. With a chemist for a father and a microbiologist for a mother, we were encouraged to be curious about the world. I guess all those years of inspiring us to ask questions about the world had an impact, because I grew up to be a scientist too (thanks mom and dad). In my career, I hope to inspire others to be curious as well. I would ultimately like to get my PhD and become a university professor.

Who were your greatest supporters while earning this degree?

Brinton Michael Moe. He's the one that had to deal with me while stressin' about all my Ochem and biochem exams. The man's a saint.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen at BYU?

Get into research early and don't be afraid to try out different labs! Also, never hold back on asking questions. It is way more important for you to understand the concepts than for people to think you're just smart enough to get it the first time around.

How has your experience at BYU prepared you for the rest of your life?

I think the biggest impact BYU has had on me is the (now) firmly rooted belief that faith and science are one in the same. I'm incredibly grateful for that.