Student Wins Multiple Awards at ASCLS Annual Meeting
Kayla Schmidt, a Saint Louis University investigative and medical sciences student, recently received the National Student Research Paper Award from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).
She also won the ASCLS Undergraduate Research Poster Competition at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, for her presentation "Development of a Microscopic Method to Diagnose Hemoglobin C Conditions in Underdeveloped Countries."
The winner of the ASCLS Student Research Paper Competition receives an expenses-paid trip to the organization’s annual meeting, a cash prize and the opportunity to present his or her paper in front of a national audience.
The ASCLS poster competition strives to encourage participants to present their research findings at the national level and provides a platform for laboratory education programs from all across the country to highlight some of their talented students. Schmidt was presented with a plaque and cash prize at the awards ceremony held at the meeting.
Schmidt said she was very excited to receive the news from the ASCLS that she had won the Student Research Paper Award and would be heading to the organization’s annual conference to present her work. She was shocked, though, at the end of the conference to hear that she had also won the Undergraduate Poster Competition.
“I was sitting in the awards ceremony near the front and I heard my name called for the award and could not believe it,” Schmidt said. “I had talked to some pretty awesome undergraduates, so it was a big surprise to win … I was overwhelmed with a mix of emotions. It was a great experience.”
Schmidt became interested in this research topic during her junior year when she was shadowing some seniors in the lab. She later became directly involved in the research and, as a senior, traveled to Haiti on a mission trip and was inspired even further to continue this research when she saw first-hand the life-changing impact this work can have.
Tim Randolph, Ph.D., associate professor, has been working with Schmidt on this research for two years and was very pleased to see her accomplishments recognized.
“Winning the ASCLS national student research paper competition is quite an honor, and to also be given the top award in the student research poster competition speaks to the quality of Kayla's research,” Randolph said. “She is one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic undergraduate research students I have had the pleasure of mentoring in my nearly 30-year tenure at SLU. I am proud of her accomplishments and look forward to continuing our research together in the coming year.”
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