Unique high school experiences lead UCS student to focus on biomedicine
Unique high school experiences lead UCS student to focus on biomedicine
Posted on 08/11/2017
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UCS senior selected for Women in Engineering camp at Michigan Tech

Madison Thompson has never been afraid to take risks or explore her educational options in Utica Community Schools.

Two years ago, she chose a path that featured classes at both Eisenhower High School and the Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI).

Now, that path is leading Thompson to a biomedical career after being one of only 120 students accepted to a summer Women in Engineering program through Michigan Tech.

 “Madison’s story reflects the importance of our students having a wide array of choices to pursue their specific interests and talents,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “Through her unique educational opportunities, she is now prepared to make a difference as a biomedical engineer.”

Thompson called the Michigan Tech Camp “an amazing opportunity” that gave students a wide range of possible careers in engineering.

She said she found her career niche after experiencing a workshop on how biomedical research is leading the way to the improvement of prosthetics.

“I just found it really interesting,” she said. “It is something I could see myself doing ten years down the road.”

The camp not only provided information for career options, it also shared a message about the importance of women in engineering fields and the positive impact it has on the profession.

“We will bring a new perspective to the field,” she said.

Thompson said she applied for the Michigan Tech engineering camp opportunity at the recommendation of her mechatronics teacher at UCSI, Scott Spry.

Like the tech camp, Thompson said her participation in UCSI grew from having an open mind and her curiousity to explore every opportunity available to her as a UCS student.

“I was looking for something different,” she said. “I wanted to shake things up.”