Dr. Michelle L. Hutchings is the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for Yale Young Global Scholars, and has previously served as the STEM Program Manager and Global Scholars Fellow since joining the organization in 2016. Michelle received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2010. She then spent a year as an Americorps member with the Student Conservation Association teaching environmental education and building hiking trails before going to graduate school. Michelle received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale University in 2016, and her research focused on investigating interesting properties of endophytes, organisms that live asymptomatically within inner plant tissues. She worked extensively with the innovative Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory course, which took students on research expeditions through the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador and taught students interdisciplinary scientific concepts as they developed their own unique research projects.