Madelyn Kuffel was drawn to UW-Madison’s Animal Science program

Continuing the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences “Student Spotlights”, we will be highlighting another one of our Animal Science students who graduated this Spring!

This week we will get to know more about Madelyn Kuffel. In this Q&A, Madelyn, a 2024 Spring Animal Science graduate from Schaumburg, Illinois, reflects on her time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and how she became enamored with the campus and city of Madison’s beauty. Madelyn’s valuable advice for students mirrors what she found to be some of the most enjoyable parts of being a Badger: the food, views, and people. Whether you’re a prospective student or simply curious about campus life, Madelyn’s unique blend of studying Animal Science and working at the University’s Recreation and Wellbeing centers is sure to showcase how students have the freedom to create their own path during their time at UW-Madison.

Why did you choose to attend UW-Madison?

I chose to attend UW-Madison because of the location of being within a city while also being next to a lot of lakes. However, the major reason I chose to attend UW-Madison was because of the Animal Science program.

Photo curtesy of Madelyn Kuffel

What clubs/organizations/activities are you involved with?

I have been involved with the University’s Recreation and Wellbeing centers. I have been a supervisor at the Bakke for over a year now and before that I was at the Shell, and I loved every second of it!

What is your favorite class that you have taken in the department and why?

My favorite class I have taken is probably Animal Science 101 (Introduction to Animal Sciences). This class was my first introduction to Animal Sciences and going to visit the Sheep unit at the Arlington Agricultural Research station is one of the most memorable experiences I have had here at the University.

What are your future career plans?

I have accepted an internship back home in Illinois and I will be working with a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. I will be in charge of taking care of a lot of different species and focusing on medical care, data collection, and relocation.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

My advice to incoming students would be to explore campus as much as you can! The university has so many unique spots to study, to eat, and to meet new people!

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the terrace! I love being close to the lake and the food at Memorial Union is top tier!!!

What is your favorite Babcock ice cream flavor?

My favorite Babcock ice cream flavor has to be Orange Custard Chocolate Chip it is such a unique flavor!