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Leembruggen Continues Impressive Academic Career At Harvard
Madelyn Leembruggen (class of 2014) recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with three bachelors’ degrees: physics, astrophysics, and mathematics. As an honors student and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Madelyn maintained a 4.0.grade point average and received the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence. Along with two UC professors, she researched High Energy Physics Theory. Their research resulted in two publications on the physics of stars. She received the Eleanor Hicks Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Females.
At Troy Christian, Madelyn’s leadership was evident as president of the National Honor Society. She also pursued and received grant money to begin our recycling program. Madelyn played on the worship team. Her physics teacher, Miss Hart, said.”Madelyn was extremely gifted and far ahead of her class but was humble and generous with her time and knowledge which benefitted her peers.” This spirit carried on to her college years where she served as a peer tutor and mentor.
Madelyn is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at Harvard University. God is providing financially for her. “I won a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, the NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship, the Harvard Ashford Fellowship, and the Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship. That’s all been very exciting! It’s such a blessing to study without worrying about finances.” Madelyn is fully funded for five years of study and research.
Wells Pursues Pediatrics
Congratulations to Mark Wells (class of 2009) who became a medical doctor in May of 2018.
Mark earned bachelor’s degrees in both Health & Society and Molecular and Cellular Biology and Medicine from Vanderbilt University, graduating summa cum laude in 2013. He went on to a Masters in Bioethics at the Ohio State University in 2017. His interest in Bioethics dates back to high school. “I attended a math and science day through Cedarville University that first exposed me to the field of bioethics. God directed me toward mentors in this field from the start, which led me not only to a field of medicine in which I could address a host of bioethical concerns, but also oriented me toward understanding these concerns from a Christian worldview,” Mark shared. Mr. Gaines remembers discussions with Mark in his Current Social Issues class concerning cloning and other modern medical concerns.
Mark’s MD is also from the Ohio State University. He is currently a first-year resident at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus where he lives with his wife Margaret and their baby David. Mark is working to become a pediatrician.
Mark shared his motivation for choosing this field of specialty. “ I have loved working with children since high school, initially through the organization Child Evangelism Fellowship. I naturally gravitated toward working with children during my clinical rotations in medical school. This attraction, paired with a fascination with the different medical problems facing their growth and development, led me to pursue pediatrics as a specialty.”
Charity Vester (Class of 2007) and her husband joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2017. Check out their blog to hear more about their ministry!