Senior Madison Quig named 2023 Rhodes Scholar
Madison Quig, ’23, will pursue a master’s degree in social data science at the University of Oxford in England next fall.
Stanford senior Madison Quig, who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical computation and a minor in sociology, is a recipient of the 2023 Rhodes Scholarship.
The Rhodes Scholarship is among the oldest and most prestigious scholarships in the world. It provides two or three years of graduate study in any field at the University of Oxford in England. Quig said she is honored and grateful to be named among this year’s Rhodes Scholars.
“I am excited to have access to people, both other students and faculty, who have had a breadth of experiences – culturally, philosophically, and in lived experience,” Quig said. “I hope that these interactions with others, sharing insights, will enable me to better contribute to both my local and the global communities going forward.”
Quig is a recipient for her home country of Bermuda. Next fall, she will travel to Oxford where she intends to pursue a master’s degree in social data science. She hopes her time there will support her goal of practicing medicine, with a focus on health equity.
“I hope that my studies at Oxford will enable me to gain more exposure to the social justice and policy field and offer me more tools for working to combat health inequities in the future,” she said.
At Stanford, her courses have exposed her to the potential applications of technology for social justice and medicine, which she hopes to integrate into her medical career.
“I aim to grow my knowledge of programming and computational applications in the analysis and management of large-scale social data with a view to examining how health disparities can be reduced and eliminated,” she said.
Quig is heavily involved with various science, medical, and health care activities at Stanford. She is on the steering committee of Cardinal Free Clinics. She works with the Incubator for Medical Mixed and Extended Reality at Stanford (IMMERS) lab, where she helps conduct research that integrates technology with medicine. She has served as a student research assistant in the Stuart B. Goodman Lab in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford Medicine and was also a teaching assistant for a human physiology course taught by Dr. Peter Kao.
Quig is also a member of the policy team of Perfusion, a student-led Stanford organization that educates schools and communities about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic life-saving skills.
Outside of Stanford, Quig has volunteered at Helix Laboratory Solutions in Bermuda, where she helped administer COVID-19 PCR testing. In 2021, she was also a volunteer case investigator and contact tracer for the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health.
In addition to her interests in science and medicine, Quig is president of the Stanford women’s club rugby team.
U.S. Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. Applicants, who apply as residents of one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories, must be endorsed by their college or university. Finalists are interviewed individually by district committees the two weekends before Thanksgiving; winners are announced Saturday evening.
International Rhodes candidates apply through their country’s constituency process that may have a different timeline.
Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.
Stanford students interested in global scholarships and Stanford faculty interested in nominating students for such awards should contact Diane Murk, manager of the Office of Global Scholarships at firstname.lastname@example.org, of the Bechtel International Center.