Kinesiology student Maddy Mayhan was selected to receive the SGA Outstanding Undergraduate Award for the College of Education. The Huntsville, Alabama, native was nominated by Academic Advisor Tina Gottesman.
“Maddy came to Auburn as a freshman and participated in the Kinesiology Learning Community,” Gottesman said. “As her instructor, I was impressed with her work ethic and agreeable personality. In addition, she made all A’s as a first-semester student, a feat that is not accomplished very often. I recruited her as a Student Leader in the School of Kinesiology, and she’s worked in the office throughout her entire time at Auburn, maintaining her 4.0. She also served as a peer instructor for the Success Strategies class for two semesters. She is reliable, dependable, and a pleasure to work with.”
Mayhan is majoring in exercise science, which has given her many opportunities to conduct research.
“I have worked in the School of Kinesiology since I was a freshman,” Mayhan said. “I loved getting to know all of the faculty and helping fellow students.”
She began undergraduate research her sophomore year with Melissa Pangelinan’s Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab. Now, she is approaching graduation and will be heading to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for occupational therapy graduate school.
“I am very excited to start the next step in my life, and I feel like Auburn has definitely prepared me for it,” she said. “I can’t wait to take what I have learned here to graduate school and on into my everyday life for years to come.”
Award recipients must be graduating seniors who have completed a minimum of 60 hours at Auburn University, have an unadjusted GPA of 3.40 or higher, possess qualities of leadership, citizenship, character, and have promise of professional ability.
Mayhan will be recognized at the SGA Honors Ceremony on Tuesday, April 7.