HSHP Annual Awards 2014

HSHP Annual Awards 2014

The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance honored students for their outstanding academic and professional achievement this year during a ceremony and reception held May 14. To learn more about this year's award winners, click on their pictures below. 

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Farrah M. AbdelaalFarrah M. Abdelaal
Special Merit Award

I entered my first semester at IC as a psychology major and am so grateful to have discovered the field of occupational therapy. Through my coursework and interactions with other students and faculty, I gained an intense appreciation of the field. Being raised in a diverse family, I have an interest in working with individuals from different backgrounds. I am passionate about being involved in the community and enjoy getting others involved as well. During my time at IC, I learned to be fluent in French and completed four semesters of Arabic. I acquired new knowledge from the professors at IC that I will utilize not only in my profession, but also in other areas of my life. 

My most fortunate experience during my four years at IC was attending the NY District Circle K International speaking conference in Lake George, NY during the fall of 2013. I had this opportunity as an executive board member of IC’s CKI to attend with other student leaders from IC. The conference opened my eyes to individuals who devote their time to service projects. This experience motivates me to continue to volunteer, be open to novel experiences, and learn from others in the future. 

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights 

  • Dean’s List
  • John Harcourt Scholarship
  • Anne Humphrey Scholarship
  • Senter-Cole Scholarship
  • Executive board member, Circle K International
  • Service Saturday Member
  • Occupational therapy class representative
  • Peer mentor to undergraduate occupational therapy students
  • Graduate student worker for Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Level 1 OT Adult Fieldwork at the Masonic Community Home in Utica, New York and Level 1 OT Pediatric Fieldwork in Chemung County in Elmira, New York 

The Special Merit Award is given by the faculty to the student who demonstrates a strong love for occupational therapy, well-developed clinical reasoning skills, and who offers exceptional support to peers.

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