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TU MLS student wins SEACM scholarship

Katherine GutierrezBy Rachel Wiggins, Student writer

The Southeastern Association for Clinical Microbiology recently awarded Thomas University student Katherine Gutierrez with its annual scholarship.

Gutierrez, an online Medical Laboratory Science student, is completing a bachelor’s degree while working at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Georgia, as a Medical Technologist. She will graduate from TU in May 2015.

In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, Gutierrez also received membership in SEACM for 2015.

“This scholarship has helped me to pay for several of my books and also part of my tuition,” Gutierrez said. “The SEACM Scholarship is one that I am greatly proud of because not only have I worked in the Microbiology department since 2006, but it also happens to be my favorite department in the laboratory.”

According to its website, SEACM promotes the scientific knowledge of microbiology in the southeastern United States by providing educational opportunities and encouraging scientific investigation among its members. Members also seek to improve and enhance recognition of the field of clinical microbiology.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Katie Gutierrez for the last two years,” said Karen Giddens, Assistant Professor and Director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program. “She has been a joy to have as a student, as an advisee, and an asset to our university as a peer mentor and tutor. I feel confident she will continue to succeed in her studies, and will excel in her pursuits as they are directed to her specific interests.”

Currently Gutierrez holds a Medical Technologist certification from the American Association of Bioanalysts. After completion of TU’s MLS program, she plans to take the exam to become an American Society for Clinical Pathology certified Medical Technologist.

Gutierrez lives in Carrollton, Georgia, with her husband, Derek, and their two children Gracie, 5, and Ryder, 3.

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