COSAM News Articles 2022 April Madison Hogans – 2022 Dean’s Medal (Biomedical Sciences)

Madison Hogans – 2022 Dean’s Medal (Biomedical Sciences)

Published: 04/04/2022

By: Leslie Leak

Madison Hogans will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in pre-med and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies.

In 2019, Madison was awarded the Academic Excellence Award through the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (OIED). She has been named to the Auburn University Dean’s list for multiple semesters, and she recently received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

While at Auburn, Madison has conducted research in Bruce Smith and Payal Agarwal's Molecular Genetics Lab working specifically in Gene Therapy research. In March 2021, she was awarded 2nd place in the Auburn University Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation, and in November 2021, she presented her research at the Phi Zeta Research Day and the Auburn Symposium where she was awarded 1st place for her Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation.

As an undergraduate, Madison has been involved in various organizations such as Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), Taekwondo Club, Student Association for Mentoring, and she has served as an OIED ambassador. During her senior year, as president of the OIED Ambassadors, Madison collaborated with her team to cultivate an inclusive environment and promote equity within STEM. She has also worked as a Supplemental Instructor (SI) for Organic Chemistry and was promoted to the position of SI Peer Mentor during her last semester.

In her free time, Madison enjoys volunteering at Esperanza House, a non-profit Christian organization with a focus on youth development, childcare, education, and advocacy in the Auburn-Opelika area. She also enjoys working to create educational resources for future pre-medical students.

Reflecting on her time at Auburn, Madison stated, “My journey to medical school has not been an easy one, but by the grace of God and through the support of my family and friends, I am grateful to have reached my goal. I want to thank my parents for encouraging me in my faith and continually reminding me of both who I am and whose I am. I want to thank them for the countless nights that they stayed up to offer me words of support and for believing in my potential to reach my goal even when I could not see it. I would also like to thank the COSAM OIED office for offering a community where I have felt loved and supported throughout my college career. I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Mulligan for being an amazing mentor and offering me advice and much needed motivation through every step of the way. I am forever grateful to everyone who played a part in helping me to get to where I am today, and I am looking forward to my next chapter.”

Madison has been admitted to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and was selected for the VIPMed program at UAB’s School of Medicine. She has also been admitted to the University of South Alabama School of Medicine and was selected for their Dream Program. After graduation, her goal is to attend medical school and later specialize in pediatrics.



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