Michelle Booze

Sioux Falls, SD, US
Field of Work 
Biology
 
Children's Health
Company 
Sanford Research
Job Title or "Student" 
Postdoctoral Fellow
Education 
The University of South Dakota
Degree 
Basic Biomedical Sciences
Education Level 
PhD
Profile Biography 
I was born and raised in the great state of New Hampshire with a love of science. However, it wasn’t until my sophomore year in college that I realized that I wanted to be a scientist for the rest of my life. I ended up working in the biotech industry for a year before heading off to graduate school in South Dakota. Graduate school was a lot more challenging than I expected. While I excelled at the coursework which included medical school courses, I had significant troubles with finding a suitable mentor. It took me four years to find a proficient mentor and I was able to defend my PhD three years later. This is not normal, but it does happen, and it can be detrimental to a career. Through my perseverance though, I was able to land a fully funded postdoctoral fellow position at an amazing institute. We will see in the future how my graduate school time affects my success.

I try my best to have both the science life and an outside life. I garden, kayak fish, and have weekly knitting meetings with my friends. I do find it challenging to keep both life and work in balance and I will admit that sometimes things do go by the wayside. I don’t have time to exercise as often as I should and my house can get pretty messy. But I always make sure there is good food in the fridge and I never check my work email at home.

There are a few things I have learned over the years of getting where I am today. Maintain your passion, always remember why you are on the path you’re traveling. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot be a scientist because you struggle with math, period. There is a place for you in the scientific community. Find those that help, not hinder, your success. It may take a bit of work, but they are out there. And finally, in the immortal words of Bill Nye, “Everyone you meet knows something you don’t”. Always keep your brain active, learning and listening to those around you.
Interests 
Working outdoors, Pets, Reading
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Job shadow, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model 1-2 times.
Availability 
No Preference
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students
Program Affiliation 
Other
Other Program Affiliation 
Graduate Women in Science - Sigma Delta chapter

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