COSAM News Articles 2022 March Madeleine Bruderer: 2022 President’s Award (Biomedical Sciences)

Madeleine Bruderer: 2022 President’s Award (Biomedical Sciences)

Published: 03/18/2022

By: Leslie Leak

Madeleine Bruderer will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Spanish.

Beginning with her sophomore year at Auburn, Madeleine worked in Dr. Elizabeth Schwartz’s Immunology Lab and began researching the effects immune products have on the gut microbiome bacteria population and how this can contribute to obesity, IBS, or other sickness states.

In 2020, she won second place at COSAM’s virtual research fair with her research on E. coli bacteriophages Lambda and PF-2 displaying differing patterns of absorption rates following treatment with hydrogen peroxide. Madeleine has enjoyed participating in COSAM research fairs and other activities related to undergraduate research. 

In 2021, Madeleine was named an Outstanding Junior in COSAM. She also received the COSAM Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence for maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She has served as an organic chemistry learning assistant and is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) pre-medical honor society. 

During her time at Auburn, Madeleine served as SGA Executive Secretary during her sophomore year. She enjoyed having the opportunity to listen to what others were saying and organizing information into coherent notes that other SGA leaders could find beneficial and useful. 

Following this experience, Madeleine reapplied to be a part of SGA’s Cabinet and served as SGA Director of Health and Wellness during her junior and senior years. She had an incredible opportunity to work on an important project titled Raise the Bar – an initiative that seeks to decrease the incidences of harassment, violence, and alcohol-related harm among university students in the Auburn community. Through Raise the Bar, SGA has worked with local bars like 17-16, Skybar, and Southeastern to train staff in bystander intervention strategies and make them aware of available student resources. 

As graduation approaches, Madeleine would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support and encouragement. She would also like to thank all of her professors for their enthusiasm and passion in their respective fields and their commitment to passing on their expertise to their students. She would especially like to thank Elizabeth Schwartz for nominating her for this award and for the time she has spent in Dr. Schwartz’s lab which she believes was instrumental to her undergraduate career. 

After graduation, Madeleine will attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine with future plans of becoming a doctor.

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