Earth & Environmental Science – Outstanding Senior 2022

Madison Kilkenny

Pleasanton, CA

Degrees and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Science in Earth & Environmental Science with a major in Environmental & Ecosystems Science


  • Geospatial Analysis

Honor graduation status

  • Magna cum laude

Clubs, Organizations, Leadership, Service

  • Kappa Delta Sorority member
  • Women’s Network
  • Vice President, Environmental Science Club

Internships and Employment

  • Wilderness Ranger, Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation
  • Intern, Palouse Conservation District
  • Teaching Assistant, Natural Resource Ecology
  • Student Fundraiser, Call-A-Coug

Awards & Recognition

  • Grant recipient, WSU Undergraduate Technology Fee Program
  • Grant recipient, WSU Cougar Green Fund
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder
  • Certified Crosscut Bucking, U.S. Forest Service

Undergraduate Research

  • Research Assistant, School of the Environment, studied which habitats are most desirable for endangered species, and studies chinook salmon spawning in the Wenatchee River.

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Dr. William Schlosser, School of the Environment
  • Dr. Catherine Cooper, School of the Environment
  • Alecia Hoene, Academic Advisor, SOE

Faculty Comments

In addition to her strong academic performance, Madi has built an impressive track record of undergraduate research, internships, club participation, grant writing, and more. –Faculty in the School of the Environment

Personal Statement

I’d like to thank all of the SOE staff and faculty for their support and for making my education at WSU outstanding. A special thanks to Dr. Bill for being a great mentor the past 3 years. I appreciate my family and friends for encouraging me in every chapter of my life. Excited to see what’s next. Go Cougs!”

Future Plans

Post-graduationMadison is working as an environmental intern with the Washington State Department of Transportation in Seattle. She later plans to work as an environmental consultant and attend graduate school.