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Kevin Thomas Torgersen

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology


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

Provo has always been home for me. I was born and raised here and graduated from the old Provo High right across the street. It has been bittersweet as I graduated from BYU in December 2020 and now begin this next chapter of life. My wife, Madeline, and I moved to Lafayette, Louisiana in January 2021 so that I could begin my PhD program in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Louisiana. My goal is to one day become a neotropical ichthyologist and professor at a research university. I enjoy camping, fishing, Legos, cooking with my wife, woodworking, anything Star Wars, keeping and breeding tropical fish, growing exotic tropical fruiting plants, and spending time with my family.

Who were your greatest supporters while earning this degree?

I am most thankful for my wife, Madeline, and my parents for supporting me during my studies at BYU. I am also thankful for the support of Dr. Hope, Dr. Breakwell, Dr. Aanderud, and all of the other mentors, teachers, and friends who have had a positive impact on my education and experience at BYU.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen at BYU?

I would encourage all incoming students to get involved as soon as possible. BYU offers so many research, service, and leadership opportunities to its students.
Also, don't be afraid to talk to your professors. They are there to help you and want to see you succeed.

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

My experience at BYU has given me the confidence that I can succeed in my education and career goals. I was pushed and stretched in many ways and feel that I am better prepared to be a lifelong learner.
I also have a better understanding of how our world works and how modern science is compatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ.