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Mrs. McLeod

Accelerate Your Career Growth Through ASCP National Honor Award

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

When Catherine Cory McLeod, PA(ASCP)CM, received the ASCP National School Honor Award last year, it gave her a boost of confidence that her strong academic record and leadership skills set her apart from her peers.   

“The award lets potential employers know that I worked hard to keep my grades up and be involved in extra-curricular activities,” says Mrs. McLeod, who works as a pathologists’ assistant at Strata Pathology Services, in Lexington, Mass.

“The award lets potential employers know that I worked hard to keep my grades up and be involved in extra-curricular activities.”
—Catherine Cory McLeod, PA(ASCP)CM

Her professor in the Pathologists’ Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., observed Mrs. McLeod’s leadership skills and selected her to serve as a student teacher during her second year. She assisted in two classes of first-year students and answered their questions after class, all while working eight-hour days, five days a week, for her clinical rotation.

Mrs. McLeod, who graduated in May, strongly encourages other students pursuing careers in medical laboratory science, to apply for this year’s award.

Applications for the 2014 ASCP National School Honor Award are now being accepted through March 5, 2014. The annual award recognizes laboratory students in their fourth or final clinical year of study, based on academic achievement, leadership ability, community activities, professional goals, and endorsements from faculty and community leaders. Those who qualify for the awards will receive certificates from ASCP.

To qualify for the award, applicants must:

  • Be a current Lab Science student member of ASCP

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

  • Demonstrate leadership and community service activity participation.

“What I love about pathology is that there are so many different roles in the laboratory that you can find your niche,” says Mrs. McLeod.

For more details about the 2014 ASCP National School Honor Award, click here.


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