IPRC notes with sadness the passing of UNC undergraduate Madison DeVries, a junior in Heath Policy and Management’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health program. During the past year, Madison collaborated with researchers on an IPRC project.

Picture of Madison DeVries from Daily Tar Heel article

Photo of Madison DeVries from the Daily Tar Heel tribute

Madison was actively involved in the public health community in a variety of ways as an undergraduate research assistant, student ambassador, and a co-founder of a program where she taught children about jump rope and health education. As the Dean of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Barbara Reimer, shared, “The death of a young person who was so full of promise, so committed to public health values, so smart and talented, is a tragedy made even more difficult in this time when physical closeness is prohibited”, highlighting the deep pain that faculty, staff, and classmates that knew Madison are currently experiencing.

The Daily Tar Heel published a tribute to Madison, in which her father shared that despite all her accomplishments, “She was the most humble young lady you’d ever meet and actually was someone who just never took them at face value and never bought into it.” Our thoughts are with Madison’s family and friends.