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Madeline Gendreau


Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Geoscience with emphasis on Hydrology and a Minor in Environmental Studies

Future Plans: Pursue a Ph.D. in a field that intersects climate science and human health, become a research professor

Honored Faculty: Dr. Ellyn Enderlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Geoscience

Scholarships: Honors College Scholarship, Chemistry/Biochemistry Department Scholarship, William H. Gladys E. Langroise General Student Scholarship, Herman and Helen Steinman Geosciences Memorial Scholarship, Kenneth M. Hollenbaugh Geosciences Scholarship

Madeline Gendreau is a student who knows where and how to give 110%. She studies geoscience with a focus on hydrology and a minor in environmental studies. Passionate about the environment, she does her best studying in the springtime light with a view of the Boise River and the Greenbelt. Moreover, she is passionate about outreach.

In the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, while living in her hometown of Spokane, Washington, Madeline’s coursework in community connection led her to discover the Bunker Hill Superfund Site near Lake Coeur d’Alene. For her course project, she researched the threats presented by mining sites like these and supported the inclusion of Lake Coeur d’Alene in the Bunker Hill Superfund Site’s 2020 five-year assessment campaign. Her activism helped ensure Lake Coeur d’Alene’s inclusion in the assessment.

Madeline believes her academic success stems from a foundation of positive engagement with learning in her early life, and it’s spurred her on to become a proponent of diverse perspectives in education. Volunteering with the Youth Climate Summit, she raised awareness about climate change and climate-oriented careers with over 100 Boise-area high school students. As part of a course on outreach, Madeline is teaching Earth sciences in elementary after-school programs. Here at Boise State, she participates in the GeoScience Club and the Young Democrats Club.

Madeline is from Spokane, Washington.

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