Madison is a double major in history and religious studies who is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma (National Honor Society), Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) and Theta Alpha Kappa (Religious Studies Honor Society). Additionally, she is a founding member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity and RAD: Religion and Dialogue. She has enjoyed working as a student employee for both the Vice President of Campus Life and Student Success and the History Department.
Her senior thesis, “Reassessing the Past: Epperson v. Arkansas and its Lack of Historical Remembrance,” showcased her interests in American legal history and the importance of secular educational opportunities. Her project addressed the factors surrounding Epperson v. Arkansas which contributed to the Supreme Court case’s diminished importance in the historical narrative despite the case being an important milestone in the continuing debate over the place of evolutionary concepts in public domains.
Upon graduation, Madison plans to take a year off to prepare for graduate school and travel with her family, then continue her education by obtaining a J.D. She also plans to continue volunteering at her local at-risk youth center and obtain her Guardian ad Litem certification. Madison has impressed professors, who have commented that she has “a lot of interdisciplinary interests,” “frequently offers great insights into class discussions,” “has great passion for not only historical inquiry, but also for the cultural and moral implication of her work,” is “a serious student committed to answering big questions,” and is “a great department citizen.”