Graduate Studies

PSM Student Spotlight: Hayley Smalls

Our current spotlight is on PSM graduate Hayley Smalls.; Hayley graduated with her PSM-Molecular Biosciences degree in August 2018. She completed her internship entitled "Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Efficacy of Teaching Strategies at the Community College Level" at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA.

Read what Hayley had to say about her PSM degree experience:

"My name is Hayley Smalls and I am originally from Tacoma, Washington. I attended Washington State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. I moved to Orange County following the confirmation of my undergraduate degree to work in a research lab at the University of California-Irvine. Throughout my experience in research labs, hospitals, and clinics, I had noticed that knowledge in both business and science was critical. Scientists are continuously tasked with organizing projects, marketing, budgeting, and drawing on a background of ethics to make daily decisions. The PSM builds on science knowledge through a series of advanced science courses and exposes students to other professional, soft skills that are highly desirable in the business sector. As such, I was drawn towards pursuing a Professional Science Master’s Degree in Molecular Bioscience

I am now a community college instructor in the biological sciences. Due to my coursework in project management and ethics through the PSM, I am able to solve problems that arise in my classrooms. I utilize skills learned in marketing and international business to communicate and market careers in STEM to marginalized student populations. The emphasis on critical thinking, collaboration, and becoming a more effective science communicator are skills I utilize daily as an instructor."

Washington State University