Madison Smither, JS '21, selected as one of 10 finalists for a prestigious science innovation award

August 6, 2018

Madison Smither, the Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation Jefferson Scholar, was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Nature Research & Innovating Science Award. This annual award honors individuals who have encouraged girls or young women to challenge themselves in STEM subjects.

Madison has an impressive track record of doing just that. Her passion to help students get involved in scientific research and pursue studies in the sciences led her to launch From Student to Scientist in 2015 as a high school junior at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans. Through seminar series, partnerships with science-based organizations, and hands-on mentoring programs, From Student to Scientist encourages young students to reach beyond their school science curriculum.

Madison’s passion for science also inspired her to Safe Light at Night, a nonprofit that aims to educate others and promote solutions regarding the negative effects of blue light exposure. This summer, she continued her work in the sciences as an intern at two different Charlottesville-based biotech companies, Cavion, Inc. and AMPEL BioSolutions.

Read more about Madison’s background here.

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Scholarship

The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

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Legacy

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

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Fellowship

The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

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