Madalyne Epperson

Madalyne Epperson


Biochemistry, History


Chemistry, Mathematics

Blair, NE

Why you chose your major

I had a lot of diverse interests in high school, and I wanted to continue to explore as many fields as possible when I came to college. Biochemistry allows me to learn about chemistry, biology, physics, and other science fields, while History enables me to investigate aspects of history, global studies, political science, and other humanities.

Favorite course

My favorite course so far has been HIST339, which covers the history of the Holocaust. It was so fascinating to learn about an era that was so impactful. We went way beyond the Jewish plight and explored other aspects and components of the Holocaust that I had never considered before. This class also sparked an interest in Eugenics and Social Darwinism, which led to an amazing research opportunity later on.

Research, education abroad, or internship experience

During Spring Break of my sophomore year, I studied abroad through the Honors Program. We spent a week in Berlin, Germany as part of a class that met on campus weekly during the spring semester. While we were abroad, we went sight seeing, ate a lot of REALLY good food, and took in German culture. It was my first time overseas and I can't wait to go back!

Other involvement

I am very involved with the Honors Program on campus. For the past two years, I have been an Honors Peer Mentor. As a mentor, I help first-year honors students transition to college. I answer questions they might have, organize honors impacts, and make sure first-year students are off to a great start. It is so rewarding to help these students and watch them grow over the course of their first semester.

Why you chose Nebraska

I chose the University of Nebraska - Lincoln because it had everything I was looking for. It was in-state and I was fortunate enough to earn scholarships, so it was financially favorable to come to Lincoln. It has amazing departments for the majors I was interested in and, when I came on a campus tour, I immediately felt safe and at home. I knew this is where I belonged and was excited to become a Husker after just one visit.

Student Ambassadors group

Student Ambassadors are undergraduate students who talk to prospective students, parents, alumni, and the general public about the college.