URI student wins top national honor society award
KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 14, 2000 -- University of Rhode Island student
Kerri Nottage of Warwick is spending her senior year at Rhode Island
Hospital. She's not sick. She's on her way to becoming a clinical
laboratory scientist and then a doctor.
She attends classes, crams for exams, and participates in eight clinical
labs as part of a year-long 32-credit internship in clinical laboratory
science. During the weekend, she has a paying job, working eight hours in
the hospital's coagulation lab. She is also one of six pre-med students
accepted to Brown University School of Medicine who attends evening classes
Nottage is well prepared for laboratory work since she will earn a bachelor's
degree in clinical laboratory science from URI in May.
She has been an exceptional student, according to Dr. Gregory Paquette,
director of URI's Clinical Laboratory Science Programs. He calls Nottage
the best student he has had the honor of teaching. (He has taught more than
200 students in nearly 20 years.) He nominated Nottage for Lambda Tau's
outstanding student award. (Lambda Tau is the national honor society for
clinical laboratory scientists.) Despite tough competition, Nottage took
top place and was awarded $200 and a plaque.
She is a natural leader: During her years at URI, she has served as a
resident assistant and helped hire and train other resident assistants.
As a new student orientation program coordinator, Nottage directed recruiting
and hiring of other orientation leaders. She developed workshops for new
students and helped supervise and evaluate 22 orientation leaders.
She is bright: She was inducted into the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society,
Phi Eta Sigma Freshmen National Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor
Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta National Honor Society, and the Lambda Tau
National Honor Society.
She's a scientist: As a Student Fellow in the URI Sensors and Surface
Technology Partnership, she designed the chemistry for a research project
entitled "Chemical Modification of the Surfaces of Metals used in Prosthetic
Devices." She was also a student assistant at the URI Health Services
Laboratory, assisting in a variety of laboratory tests.
She's well-rounded: She also was a mentor for URI 101, a mandatory freshman
course and was vice-president of the URI Dance team.
During the spring semester of her junior year, she was accepted into
Brown University School of Medicine for Fall 2000.
"I've always loved science," Kerri said during a phone call.
"I miss the people at URI. There is so much support there, especially
from the faculty members like Dr. Paquette and Dean (Jayne) Richmond. The
hospital seems so big at times."
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