Hello, my name is Madeline Murtaugh, and I am currently a rising sophomore at Pennsylvania State University majoring in Geosciences.
I graduated from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, Illinois as an Illinois State Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. I participated in the Washington University Chemistry Tournament in May 2018, where I and a group of other McAuley students worked together to solve chemistry-related questions and activities. I was then a member of the only all-girls team that participated in the Argonne Autonomous Vehicle Competition in April 2019 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, finishing 3rd for performance and 2nd for design. During my senior year, I was elected the first Vice President of the Science National Honor Society and helped build the organization. I also ran track and field for all four years. I was chosen Most Improved Player my junior year and Most Valuable Player for field my senior year.
In college, I am gaining laboratory experience in geology and physics. I am also creating connections with peers and professors that will create a foundation for me and will last well beyond my academic years. I hope to continue to grow and welcome new opportunities with my father Michael Murtaugh and the OPCMIA supporting me.