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2015 Student Awards

Outstanding Fieldwork Performance
Raeanne Gialanella, MS, OT

Community Service
Kaitlyn Kerrigan, MS, OT

Nicole Whiston, MS, OT

Professional Development
Kelly Reichert, MS, OT

Rebecca Elber, MS, OT and
Mary Rose Simmons, MS, OT


AOTA Conference - April 16-19,2015

We had 13 presentations at the this year's AOTA conference in Nashville from DU faculty, co-collaborators and DU students.  Click here for a list of presentations.


April 9, 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Congratulations to Elizabeth Mueller & Meredith Karavolis!

(winners of the Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Undergraduate Research - $250 prize)


PTE Well Represented at Student Conclave

Representatives from over 20 chapters met at the annual PTE business meeting during the AOTA/NBCOT Student Conclave in St. Louis, Missouri on November 14, 2014. 

Duquesne University's Beta Theta Chapter was this year's recipient of the President's Award for their work in developing and implementing a journal club within their OT program. Kelsey Kinnare and Alexa Schuck were on hand to receive the award on behalf of their chapter. The President's Award is given annually to chapters that organize and implement outstanding scholarly activities. The deadline for the President's Award is October 1.

PTE President Emily Kringle (left) presents the President's award to Beta Theta Representatives, Kelsey Kinnare and Alexa Schuck

PTE President Emily Kringle (left) presents the President's Award to Beta Theta representatives, Kelsey Kinnare and Alexa Schuck.


2014 Dean's Award

LAUREN PATRICIA GRABOWSKI - Outstanding Student in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Dean's Award for Excellence Recipient. Lauren has been an exemplary professional student researcher, servant leader and emerging practice-scholar who earned an overall 3.84 GPA in the pre-professional phase and a perfect 4.0 GPA in the professional phase of the Occupational Therapy Program. Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude while challenging herself to not only completed a minor in Special Education, but also voluntarily committing to add a three semester Research Project sequence to her program of studies. Her success in practice scholarship has led to two national research poster presentations, one state research paper presentation and a research poster presentation at the Duquesne University Undergraduate Research Symposium. She also served as a research apprentice and graduate assistant on two additional studies that were related but separate from her own research project. Lauren has served in multiple organizations, honor societies, sororities and student organizations. Her commitment to engage in activities that support the Mission of Duquesne University across campus are apparent through her membership and active participation in the Golden Key International Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Residence Hall Council, Community Engaged Scholars and SPIRIT Emerging Leaders. It is a challenge to calculate the total number of community service hours Lauren has completed at the Children's Institute, Children's Hospital and Gama Sigma Sigma Community Engaged Scholar Program. Her contributions have been measured by others and deemed worthy of acknowledgment, which was attested to by her recognition as the 2012 Duquesne University Homecoming Queen, the Dr. Michael Cahill Outstanding Individual Community Service Award and the American Gold Star Mother's White Rose Queen Nominee by the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Her work consistently exemplifies the Department's ideal as an exemplar student servant leader, researcher and entry-level practice-scholar.


Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science

Duquense University is pleased to partner with Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese medicine to offer a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science.  12 students from China have joined the Rangos School of Health Sciences as students.  

As part of their integration, there are several activites planned.  The first outing was a success with everyone having fun, trying some new things and learning quite a bit.  They were able to take the Just Ducky tour and have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. For all of the students it was their first time riding the "T" and seeing much more of the city. This was also their first experience ordering and dining in an American restaurant. We had a chance to "learn by doing" and a great time in the process.


2014 Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis

Great Strides Walk May 18, 2014

Thank you to all that walked, donated and supported SOTA at the 2014 Annual Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis.

We had a great walk on this beautiful day and I am happy to report that as a collected group, Team Duquesne OT raised over $1,250!!!!!


Thank you!