Why We Chose Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is ecstatic to have excellent students with a wide range of interests from medical school to law school, with dual majors ranging from biochemistry to foreign languages. We have a very active student body with members from the OSU Cheer, Cowboy Marching Band, OSU Equestrian, Pre-Vet, SGA, and many more organizations both on and off campus.  Here we take a look at some of our wonderful undergraduate students and their experiences with microbiology. 

Our Undergraduate Students:

Jenna Borrelli      


I started off at Oklahoma State as a Sports Media major. Before my first semester of freshman year ended, I felt a pull towards the medical field so I switched to Biochemistry Pre-Med. As soon as I took the Introduction to Microbiology lecture, taught by Dr. Youusef, I immediately switched my major to Microbiology Pre-Med. I knew this was the major for me because I didn’t dread going to class, and learning the material came natural because of my huge interest. I’m so dedicated to this science that I started doing environmental microbial research with Dr. Youssef, and I recently was awarded the Niblack Research Scholarship. This major makes me want to say in college forever! 

-Jenna Borrelli

Abigail Peters      


When I was enrolling for classes my freshman year my major was psychology. I wanted to be a Genetic Counselor (I still do) and I thought that was the correct path to take. As soon as I told Dana Hatter my plan, her eyes lit up and she started talking about all of the wonders of the microbiology department--the people involved, and how this program would be the one to help me become excellent in my chosen profession. She was right, everything that I love about OSU has to do witht the microbiology department. It is like my second home. I am confident and proud in the major I have chosen and I am excited for what the future holds in this field and in my life. 

-Abigail Peters

Olga Michka      

I chose microbiology because it is someting that would be studied forever. There is so much we know about it, but so much we do not. Once I started attending OSU with this major in mind, I was suddenly surrounding by a support system of students, professors and leaders that were just as curious as I was. Making the decision of chosing micro as my academic home was the easiest thus far, and I recommend it to all who are needing to couple it with a Pre-Med option and use it as a gateway to extend into a career of research or any medical field.

-Olga Michka

Morgan Williams      

 I chose Microbiology because it really seemed to fit what I was interested in: a science degree full of classes that were fascinating and useful for my future career, which is medicine. I came in freshman year as a chemical engineer major, thinking that would set me apart from other med school applicants. However, I realized I wasn't interested in engineering, and spending four years on that degree would not have been enjoyable for me. After looking into other programs I could switch to, Micro really caught my eye because of the variety of classes offered. They all sound so interesting - it's hard to pare down which ones I want to take each semester! The degree is challenging enough to keep me working hard for my grades, but the material is so applicable and useful that it doesn't feel like work when I'm studying. I love the microbiology department!

-Morgan Williams

 julia 4      

I had the opportunity to take a microbiology class while in high school and instantly fell in love with it. So naturally, when I found out microbiology was offered at OSU, I had to make it one of my degrees. I met with Dana to talk and if I hadn’t already been sold on adding Micro as my second major she would have easily convinced me. I was amazed at the amount of opportunities that their students had- such as working in research labs with the professors- as well as the friendly atmosphere that the entire department supplies. Every professor actively looks to get engaged with the students, as well as do their best to help the students succeed. I’m so glad to have chosen Microbiology as my second degree and to be surrounded by my new college family that help me to be the best version of me I can be! 

 -Julia Terrell
robin spencer      

Coming into OSU, I was 100% positive that I wanted to major in a science. However, I was indecisive about which science until after I completed MICR 2132- Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory the summer before my Junior year. After spending June & July collecting, isolating, and identifying an unknown environmental species, I fell in love with working in the Microbiology laboratory. I soon made the decision to major in Microbiology and explore the awesome field of Medical Laboratory Science.

-Robin Spencer


 Get to know our alumni and why they chose microbiology here!