Senior spotlight: biology and neuroscience double major Katherine Madden

Ro Murphy

Senior Katherine Madden, known by most as Katie or “Kmad,” has had a huge effect on Ursinus College in her four years here. Besides being involved in rigorous academics and athletics, she has made a tremendous impression on the people in this community.

When Madden first came to Ursinus, she was, like many students, unsure of what she wanted to pursue. But after taking Biology 102 (Cell Biology) and then trying out Neuroscience 100 just for fun, Madden learned that she had a passion for both of these disciplines. Now a Biology and Neuroscience double major, Katie shares that her “favorite class in the Biology major was Physiology with Dr. Bailey, and I am actually taking her Advanced Integrative Physiology class right now.”

Madden’s drive has led her to be highly successful in her academics, as she is a member of the National Honor Society in Neuroscience (Nu Rho Psi), Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, and the Whitian Society, which is an elite group of the college’s brightest and most involved female students. In addition, Madden does research in the Bailey Lab where she is currently working on her Honors Research Project. Outside of the classroom, Madden is a tour guide, an executive board member for Wismer on Wheels, a member of Best Buddies, a member of She’s the First club, and a member of Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT).

Her involvement on this campus is not limited to academic and extracurricular activities. Since her freshman year, Madden has been a crucial member of the UC Women’s Swim Team which is so wildly successful that they recently won their 6th straight Centennial Conference (CC) Championship.

In Madden’s four years, the team has had three undefeated seasons (aside from one non conference meet loss her junior year against Division I Villanova) and four CC Championship wins. Her role as senior captain this year has proven that Madden is a strong leader. Madden has been a tremendously hardworking, positive force on the team, and her impact will carry on in the years to come.

Head coach Mark Feinberg shares how Madden has positively impacted the women’s swimming program: “Katie is one of the best examples of an Ursinus student-athlete that we have ever had. She’s been one of our best recruiters and tour guides, she’s been a friend and role model for the younger swimmers, and she does it all with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. I’ve loved working with her and the entire program will miss her many contributions!”

For Madden, the most memorable part of her Ursinus experience was one of the main reasons why she chose to attend this school in the first place: the people. “Being at such a small school, I loved having the opportunity to form such close relationships with not only my classmates and teammates, but also my professors,” said Madden.

After graduation, Madden plans to attend medical school. Best of luck to Katie Madden, and a big thank you for the effect that you have made to the Ursinus Community.