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Senior Story 2023: Contributing to the Conversation
May 20, 2023

Name: Magda Rogg

Hometown: Lindenhurst, IL

Major: Human and social sciences and math

Notable UD Memory: Conducting research with professor Carla Pezzia, Ph.D.

Achievements: Primary author of a peer-reviewed article in Journal of Family Violence; presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Conference in San Antonio; Phi Beta Kappa.

Future Plans: Taking prerequisite classes for medical school and working in a clinical setting.

Magda Rogg, BS ’23, may be going to medical school, but she threw herself into her degree in human and social sciences. Rogg is grateful for the practical experience she gained through the department: She not only assisted professor Carla Pezzia, Ph.D., in her anthropology research, but also published with Pezzia a peer-reviewed article on gender-based violence and its mental health outcomes on Mayan women in Guatemala. Rogg had already contributed to two of Pezzia’s previous articles on older adults as a coauthor — one on food security status, the other on responses to COVID-19 — but her most recent publication marks the first time Rogg was listed as primary author.

“I learned so much from this project, from research methods to the publishing process to collaborating among disciplines to bring in different perspectives to an issue,” Rogg said.

This will be especially useful as she prepares for her medical degree.

“Magda is a phenomenal student,” Pezzia stated. “Her senior thesis, which also draws upon data from my older adult study, examines issues of discrimination in healthcare experiences.”

Rogg said her aspirations were nurtured by the support UD provides to women in STEM.

“Many professors are focused on making everyone feel included and like they can contribute to the field,” Rogg said.

Her gratitude extends to the Core as well for teaching her not only to incorporate the humanities into the sciences, but also to incorporate the sciences into the humanities.

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