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Madelyn Crawford

Honors Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology


Madelyn Crawford is an honors major in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology who conducts research in a microbiology laboratory.

She was recognized as a recipient of the nationally prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and serves on the Dean's Student Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences and as president of Ballroom Mania, UT Knoxville's social dance club.

During the spring of her freshman year, Madelyn began working in a microbiology laboratory under the direction of Dr. Jeff Becker and Dr. Melinda Hauser, where she was involved in projects concerning a specific protein in yeast known as Ste2p. "Such research is valuable," she says, "because the majority of drugs used in human medicine interact with molecules that belong to this class of proteins."

After her freshman year, Madelyn was hired full time in the Becker lab, and was awarded the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship during her sophomore year for her involvement in undergraduate research. Madelyn hopes to make her work in the Becker lab the subject of her honors thesis.

In the summer of 2011, Madelyn participated in a National Science Foundation REU led by Dr. Steve Wright where she gathered information on the G protein-coupled receptor in yeast, Gpr1p, as well as its affiliated biochemical pathway. In the coming year, Madelyn will serve as the sciences and engineering managing editor for Pursuit, will continue to represent the microbiology department on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Student Advisory Council, and will complete her internship requirement by teaching a series of workshops on science writing at local high schools. Outside of the classroom, Madelyn will continue her role as president of Ballroom Mania and hopes to join UT's competitive Ballroom Dance Team.

After graduation, she will attend graduate school and dedicate her working life to research.