- Indianapolis, IN
Madeline is a junior majoring in international studies and anthropology, and she also does research in a Human Centered Informatics lab. She loves IU because it gives students the sense that the world is being brought to them, along with the utmost academic freedom. Her uncle Joe always advised her to “do what you love, and it will all work out,” and Madeline is grateful that pursuing her combined loves of social justice, writing, and health has brought her to people and opportunities she never could have imagined. She has worked hard to get to college, plant her roots, and thrive and grow, and now looks forward to continuing research in reproductive justice while also developing her character and relationships. She hopes to pursue a career in medical anthropology, specializing in studying pediatricians and birthing professionals. For special occasions, Madeline bakes the family favorite: a complicated tiered Hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting that is worth every bit of the effort. She adores the Pixar film Coco and has seen it at least ten times, with and without subtitles in both English and Spanish. Her mother likes to remind her that “it takes a village,” so Madeline would like to thank her village: her mother, stepfather, uncles, and grandparents; and IU mentors Sarah Phillips, James Clawson, Virginia Vitzthum, and Sara Conrad. She will hold the James and Betty Dye scholarship.