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College of Allied Health Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Katherine Riedstra, one of the outstanding graduates of the College of Allied Health’s “Class of 2021” who is the recipient of a national Alpha Eta award – the SYDNEY D. RODENBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLASTIC AWARD for OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT!  Katherine will be recognized at the Alpha Eta Annual Meeting which will be held virtually on November 4, 2021.

Alpha Eta is the National Honor Society of the allied health professions whose members represent the top ten percent of graduates of Allied Health Schools and Colleges. The name is derived from the Greek for the first letters of our profession, Allied (Alpha) and Health (Eta). There are 64 chapters nationwide and over 15,000 members who have been initiated since the beginning of Alpha Eta in 1975. The University of Oklahoma Chapter at the College of Allied Health is the founding chapter in Oklahoma (November 1982).  The primary purpose of the Society is to recognize excellence and promote leadership and scholarship in the allied health profession.  

Congratulations Katherine!


Jayden Sarabia is the 2021 recipient of the Brett and Mindy Lee Endowed Scholarship. The Brett and Mindy Lee Endowed Scholarship was generously funded by Brett and Mindy to provide scholarships to students in the College of Allied Health.  Brett and Mindy Lee, both from McAlester, Oklahoma, are University of Oklahoma alumni who have a passion for the healing professions and helping others, and now wish to give back to the University that has made such a difference in their lives. Brett Lee, PhD, DPT, MS is a 1998 physical therapy alumnus and is currently President of Texas Health Hospital Frisco. Mrs. Mindy Lee is a 2013 liberal studies alumna who has helped countless people through her clinical work in the dental field and tireless community volunteering efforts.


Divya Patel: Recipient of ASAHP Scholarship. The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) is the premiere national association for colleges of allied health in the country. As such, approximately 125 institutions belong to this selected association.  Each year one nomination is solicited from each member college for their ASAHP Scholarship of Excellence Award. Typically, only 10-12 of these awards are provided each year.  Ms. Divya Patel (PhD AHS-NS) was our College nominee this year, and it has been announced that she has been awarded one of the ASAHP Scholarships of Excellence!   Click here to see a complete listing of recipients.


2021 Sonography Graduates Carrie Brown and Laishen Her awarded the SDMS W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Award​. 

Congratulations to 2021 Sonography graduates Carrie Brown and Laishen Her as awardees for the SDMS W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Award, sponsored by the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography!

Carrie Brown received first place for her paper titled: “The Role of Sonography in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip.”

Laishen received second place for her paper titled: “Comparison of Sonography, Computed Tomography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Diagnosing Intracranial Hemorrhage in Infants.”

This win reflects the fifth consecutive year that the OU CAH Sonography program has won both first and second place in this competition, and the 12th time since 2008 since an OUHSC sonography student has received an award in this prestigious national competition.  

The winners will be recognized at the 2021 Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography annual conference awards banquet, to be held in Denver, CO later this fall. 

The W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Award was established in memory of Dr. Frederick Sample to acknowledge outstanding achievement in the field of diagnostic medical sonography and to encourage students to submit original research and literature review papers for publication in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS).
 


Congratulations to the following College of Allied Health students who were honored this evening (Monday, April 19, 2021) at the HSC Campus Awards Ceremony: 

Regents’ Award for Outstanding Juniors

  • Karlee Doak

Parents’ Association Outstanding Senior in the College of Allied Health

  • Mackenzie Davis

Dean’s Awards for Academic Excellence 

  • Jessica Dennis
  • Shelby Dickerson
  • McKenzie Kalsu
  • Chaydee Lawless
  • Megan Milligan
  • Ally Parham
  • Katherine Riedstra
  • Hannalore Stanton
  • Amanda Walker
  • Tiffany West

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Performance

  • Audiology - Sara Maali
  • Clinical Dietetics - McKenzie Goff
  • Nuclear Medicine - Jeralyn Magno
  • Occupational Therapy - Holland Carson
  • Physical Therapy - Zachary King
  • Radiation Therapy - Brandon Draper
  • Radiography - Chesney Fouts
  • Sonography - Laura Griffin
  • Speech-Language Pathology - Chaydee Lawless

College of Allied Health Outstanding Student Leadership Award

  •  Gustavo Martinez

Graduate College Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

  •  Melissa Henniger

Graduate College Outstanding Senior Leadership Award

  • Bethany Williams

2021 Willie V. Bryan Multicultural Achievement Award

  • Gustavo Martinez

2021 Outstanding First Year Leadership Award  

  •  Jayden Sarabia

Crimson Club  2021 New Members

  • Haley Kuck 
  • Brooke Nguyen 
  • Reilly Nowland 
  • Josiah Rippetoe 
  • Jayden Sarabia 
  • Annie Stallings 
  • Nathan Wibisono          

Walter Mason Scholarship

  • Taylor Forman
  • Quena Johnson

HSC Sooner Standard

  • Jacobi Clark Davis 
  • Janelle Newman 

On Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, the University of Oklahoma, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted their awards celebration, Lifting the Voices of Inclusion.  Congratulations to Taylor Forman, student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program for receiving the Student Advocacy Award!


Congratulations to Jayden Sarabia who was elected President for the 2021-2022 HSC Student Government Association Executive Board.  Jayden is a 1st year AuD student in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and has excelled in a variety of leadership roles.


Congratulations to Ruth Rasmussen, Phd student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences.  Ruth is the recipient of a Midwest Association of Allied Health Deans Legacy Scholarship.


Congratulations to Gustavo Martinez, a student in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.  He received the SAAHD (Southern Association of Allied Health Deans) Student Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Award for 2020. This award acknowledges health professions students who demonstrate sustained leadership to reduce health disparities and improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in society, particularly with respect to health issues, as determined by the student to stem from an established community need or inspired by the student’s personal circumstances.


Congratulations to  the following students who are the recipients of the 2020 Health Care Employers Scholarships. The scholarship program was funded by health care employers participating in the College of Allied Health Career Fair 2020.  

  • Shelby Dickerson
  • Jayden Sarabia
  • Melissa Sheffield
  • Hanna Stanton
  • Tiffany West

Contratulations to Mackenzie Davis, a Senior in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.  She is the College of Allied Health Outstanding Senior for 2020-2021.  Mackenzie was recognized by President Harroz at a reception and ceremony this afternoon – Monday, November 9, 2020.


Gustavo Martinez is the 2020 recipient of the Brett and Mindy Lee Endowed Scholarship. The Brett and Mindy Lee Endowed Scholarship was generously funded by Brett and Mindy to provide scholarships to students in the College of Allied Health.  Brett and Mindy Lee, both from McAlester, Oklahoma, are University of Oklahoma alumni who have a passion for the healing professions and helping others, and now wish to give back to the University that has made such a difference in their lives. Brett Lee, PhD, DPT, MS is a 1998 physical therapy alumnus and is currently President of Texas Health Hospital Frisco. Mrs. Mindy Lee is a 2013 liberal studies alumna who has helped countless people through her clinical work in the dental field and tireless community volunteering efforts. 


Congratulations to the following students who are the 2019-2020 recipients:

  • Andrea Allison, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
  • Meghan Barrett, Master of Occupational Therapy program
  • Emily Bennett, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders program
  • Siera Freeman, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
  • Chelsea Kress, Master of Occupational Therapy program
  • Bethany Williams, Doctor of Philosophy in Allied Health Sciences/Nutritional Sciences program
  • Jayden Williams, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders program

These outstanding students were chosen based on active participation and leadership in student governance, outstanding professional and community service, and exemplary academic achievement.These outstanding students were chosen based on active participation and leadership in student governance, outstanding professional and community service, and exemplary academic achievement.


2020 Awards and Honors

Congratulations to  the following students who are the 2020-2021 recipients of the College of Allied Health Student Association Scholarships:

  • Brett Chase, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
  • Casey Crane, Doctor of Audiology program
  • Emily Crews, Master of Occupational Therapy program 
  • Mackenzie Davis, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders program
  • Melissa Henniger, Master of Arts in Dietetics program
  • Gustavo Martinez, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
  • Jayden Williams, Doctor of Audiology program

These outstanding students were chosen based on active participation and leadership in student governance, outstanding professional and community service, and exemplary academic achievement.