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Kinsman-Hurst Award Madison Mauro

2020 Kinsman-Hurst award winner Madison Mauro

A senior who has made significant contributions to the University while maintaining a high scholastic record and serving in Student Government or the Student Conduct system.

Hometown: Lebanon, Maine

Major/Schools: Economics, College of Arts & Sciences and International Studies, School of International Service

Madison’s record of service to the AU community has been described as “amazing” – and she’s managed it while also making an “extremely impressive” mark as a scholar.

At AUSG, she worked to increase funding for initiatives addressing women’s issues. She served 18 months on the AU Conduct Council, served on the AU Student Wellness Council, and also served the community through teaching and tutoring -- as a Program Leader for a Complex Problems seminar; as an ASAC tutor in economics, World Politics, and calculus; and as a tutor to student athletes.

As Vice President of Delta Phi Epsilon Pi Professional Foreign Service Sorority, she was responsible for drafting and implementing its new constitution and by-laws and helping the organization shift to gender-neutral terms.

Meanwhile, she’s been on the SIS Dean’s List throughout her AU career. She has been an active scholarly writer for AU undergrad policy journals, including the World Mind (where she served as managing editor and has 10 publications on various topics) and Clocks and Clouds (where she co-authored an article with SIS professor Akhbar Ahmed).

Her awards include the Outstanding Achievement in Foreign Language Study and Practice in 2020 and the Global Inequality and Development Thematic Award in SIS in 2019.

As the child of a deaf adult, Madison’s first language was sign language, and so when she studied abroad in Jordan, she focused both on Arabic and Arabic sign language. Madison has also interned at USAID, worked as program coordinator for Global Deaf Muslim, and interned for the Tax Foundation and US House of Representatives.

All while being a student who, in the words of a faculty member, “makes the AU community a more welcoming place for all students.”