Madison Connell is from Jefferson City, Missouri. She is a pre-nuclear medicine student who is also on the pre-med track with the intention to go on to medical school and one day become an OB/GYN.

“Despite many people not knowing that this field even exists, nuclear medicine is constantly growing in the health care world,” Madison says. “Pursuing the nuclear medicine program here at Mizzou is convenient because not only does the University Hospital have many opportunities for shadowing and clinical work, but we also have a nuclear reactor right down the road.”

In addition to being a student ambassador, Madison has been involved in campus organizations such as Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, where she made her best friends, has been encouraged to become her best self and routinely serves the community. In her free time, Madison enjoys being with her friends and family.

What made you want to pursue a career in health care?

I became interested in a health care career when my mom became a nurse. I realized that I am not only interested in science, but want to be involved in patient care as well.

How did you choose your major?

I was introduced to nuclear medicine by my grandpa who practiced nuclear medicine and is now a recruiter for the nuclear medicine program here at the School of Health Professions. Along with listening to stories from his experience, I did some research, took NUCMED 1000, and learned that I am actually very interested in the field.

What residence hall did you live in? Were you in a FIG (freshmen interest group)?

I lived in Bluford Hall, which is in Southwest Village. I also was in a Health Professions FIG.

How have you achieved academic success during your time as an undergraduate?

I made friends in my classes who also live in my dorm and we would have study nights where we hung out and shared our interpretation of new subjects with each other. This really helped me to fully understand what was actually being taught in the lecture.