Will Motley '06
"When I was applying to college I knew that I wanted research to be central to my undergraduate career, that I worked well in small classes and that I was motivated by good teachers. In April of my senior year, it became more and more clear that a small liberal arts college was the best place to get the kind of undergraduate science degree that I wanted. McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury's amazing science facility, and the Snow Bowl, Middlebury's own ski area, made it exceedingly clear that Middlebury was the place for me.
In the department of chemistry and biochemistry, my professors have challenged me and always been approachable, interesting and often funny. Since high school, I've worked at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine with a scientist from the Yale University School of Medicine. At the lab on the coast of Maine scientists gather to study marine biology and human physiology with marine models. Our lab studies the protein defective in patients with cystic fibrosis using an extra-renal salt gland in spiny dogfish sharks. Middlebury's intensive chemistry technique-oriented classes-or "superlabs" as Midd students call them-have helped my summer research. In the fall I'll start doing research at Middlebury in the department of biology for a professor working on meiotic mutations in mice."
Will was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to attend Oxford University and is currently working on his Ph.D. in neurogenetics.