Student Profile: Daniel May
From ATP production to Z chromosomes, Frankenmuth senior Daniel May speaks the language of biology.
“I’ve always really, really loved science,” he says. “It really seems to fit me and my personality. I was a science geek, even in high school. Biology, especially, has always clicked for me.”
Just as science is a native language for May, so is Alma College. As a third-generation student—his grandfather, mother and aunt all are alumni—he has attended Homecoming for as long as he could remember.
“It’s interesting being a student on a campus you already know very well,” he says. “As a kid, all I really saw was the football field, McIntyre Mall and the sidewalks connecting them. Living in the dorms has been fantastic. I love the whole college experience.”
One of May’s favorite Alma experiences is doing cancer research with Brian Doyle, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology, using plants found in mid-Michigan. This has helped solidify his post-graduation plans.
“I came to Alma interested in medicine, but I knew being a doctor wasn’t for me,” he says. “I love the research I’m doing, though, because it’s pretty interdisciplinary. It’s one of the reasons why I plan to pursue drug research and drug discovery in graduate school.”