Exercise and Sport Science/ Exercise Physiology with a minor in Spanish
Madison Wilcox, from Fairmont, North Carolina, graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in exercise and sport science, concentrating in exercise physiology and minoring in Spanish. Madison is a Student Ambassador. While a student, she co-created and coordinated the Sports Empowerment Program for children with disabilities. Madison had this idea as a freshman, and made her dream become reality during her junior year. This event brings students from the community and UNCP campus, as well as faculty and staff, together to participate in an inclusive and unifying softball team. Madison said that being in the Honors College really made her think on a higher level. She says, “Most of my classes were introspective, especially The Individual in Society course I took with Dr. King. I still think about what I learned in that class, and the way it challenged me to look at society.”
For Madison’s senior project she researched sensory modulation. She studied different techniques that occupational therapists use to help children who have developmental delays and sensory processing complications. Madison hopes to show how these certain techniques affect sensory modulation over time.
Madison attended East Carolina University in the fall following her graduation to obtain a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She hopes to become a successful pediatric occupational therapist. After her graduate studies are completed, Madison hopes to return to the Robeson County community to practice so she can impact the community that has shaped her. She encourages honors students to utilize the abundance of resources UNCP offers to its students, and says, “Here, you can always find someone excited to help you pursue your interests and help your ideas come to life.”
Thesis: Occupational Therapy Techniques, Over Time, on Children with Developmental Delays
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeff Bolles