COSAM News Articles 2022 April Madison Hogans leaves impressive mark at Auburn, receives SGA Student Award, Dean’s Medal and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Madison Hogans leaves impressive mark at Auburn, receives SGA Student Award, Dean’s Medal and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Published: 04/25/2022

By: Leslie Leak

Madison Hogans has left quite her mark on Auburn University - without a doubt, inspiring others along the impressive path of her academic journey.

Hogans will graduate in May with a bachelor of science degree in biomedical sciences with a   concentration in pre-med and a minor in human development and family studies.

Within the past few months, she has been named the recipient of three 2022 notable awards: the SGA Student Award, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, Dean’s Medal in Biomedical Sciences and the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, an award given annually by Auburn University to individuals who embody high qualities and nobility of character.

Hogans was presented the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at a special awards ceremony on April 12, and she was presented the SGA Student Award by COSAM administration at a surprise ceremony on April 13. She will be recognized for the Dean’s Medal at COSAM’s 2022 Honors Convocation ceremony on April 23.

Throughout her time at Auburn, Hogans has received multiple academic awards, including the 2019 Academic Excellence Award through the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, or OIED, and first and second-place awards in the Auburn University Undergraduate Student Poster Presentations held in 2021.

While at Auburn, Hogans has conducted research in Bruce Smith and Payal Agarwal's Molecular Genetics Lab working specifically in gene therapy research.

As an undergraduate, Hogans has served in numerous organizations including EMERGE, Alpha Epsilon Delta, or AED, Taekwondo Club, Student Association for Mentoring and OIED Ambassadors. She has also worked as a Supplemental Instructor for Organic Chemistry and was promoted to the position of SI Peer Mentor during her last semester. Additionally, Hogans has spent her time volunteering at Esperanza House, a non-profit Christian organization with a focus on youth development, childcare, education and advocacy in the Auburn-Opelika area.

This year, Hogans served as President of the COSAM OIED Ambassadors program. During that time, she led the Black History Month initiative and created a virtual and interactive learning experience that highlighted lesser-known Black leaders in STEM. Additionally, Hogans created a 70-page manual to assist other COSAM students that details the medical school application process after having personally gone through the intricate steps.

"It has been such a pleasure watching Madison's academic dreams come true, some of which I know she never imagined for herself,” said Kimberly Mulligan-Guy, COSAM Assistant Dean of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity, “But I always knew she was going to leave her mark on this University, and she is deserving of every honor that she's received. I'm grateful to have been a small part of her journey, and I'm excited to see everything she accomplishes in the future because she is going to do great things in this world."

“It has been a great pleasure to interact with Madison during her time here at Auburn,” said Bob Boyd, COSAM Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. “She has been exemplary academically, and her many other activities have been an inspiration to us all. I know she will continue to accomplish great things and look forward to hearing about her experiences in medical school and beyond.”

“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,” said Hogans. “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.”

In the fall, Hogans will be attending the University of South Alabama for medical school where she also received the Dean’s Achievement Scholarship.


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