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SHRP Honors and Awards

Academic Excellence Award is presented to graduating students in graduate programs who have achieved an overall grade point average of 3.75 or better every semester of continuous full time enrollment.

Alpha Eta Award is presented by the University of Mississippi Medical Center chapter of the Alpha Eta Honor Society to student initiates of Alpha Eta who excel in scholarship and leadership. The recipients of this award will be the University of Mississippi Medical Center nominees for the national Alpha Eta Society’s Sidney Rodenberg, Lee Holder, and Exceptional Student Professional Service Awards.

Alpha Eta Society is a national allied health scholastic and leadership honorary which recognizes outstanding achievement by allied health students, faculty and alumni. Student membership is limited to seniors who have an overall grade point average of 3.50 or better for bachelor degree candidates and 3.75 or better for master’s or doctoral degree candidates; each program is limited to no more than 20 percent of the graduating class.

Benton Clay Gordon Award, sponsored by the Mississippi Radiological Society, is presented to the graduating radiologic sciences student who demonstrated outstanding performance in clinical practice.

Bette A. Groat Occupational Therapy Award is presented to the graduating occupational therapy student who  has  maintained  a  high  level  of  performance,  both  clinically  and  academically,  and  represents  the occupational therapy profession in an exemplary manner before peers and the public.

Celia Robson Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedics Award, an award honoring Celia Robson, is presented to the graduating physical therapy student demonstrating exemplary attitude and interest in sports physical therapy.

Occupational Therapy Community Outreach Award is presented to the graduating occupational therapy student who demonstrates community awareness and promotion of the field of occupational therapy.

Physical Therapy Community Outreach Award is presented to the graduating physical therapy student who demonstrates community awareness and promotion of the field of physical therapy.

Dean’s Award is presented to graduating students in any discipline, whose activities in the areas of academics, scholarship, school, community or professional service are exemplary and bring honor to the school. The award is presented at the discretion of the dean.

Dean’s List recognizes undergraduate students for superior academic achievement. Eligibility is based upon at least 12 semester hours in the preceding semester on the Medical Center campus with a semester average of 3.50 or above. 

Dean's List Awards recognizes undergraduate students who have been named to the dean's list every semester of continuous enrollment. Certificates are presented at SHRP Honors Day. 

D.J. Banford Award is presented to academically eligible occupational therapy student(s) to support the student’s extraordinary efforts of being a single custodial parent of minor children.

Dr. Virginia Stansel Tolbert Award, sponsored by the School of Health Related Professions, is given on Commencement Day to the graduating student who has been continuously enrolled as a full time student and who has the highest academic average.

Excellence in Data Analytics Award is presented to the health informatics and information management student deemed by the faculty to display exceptional skills in analyzing, representing or visualizing data. 

Helen Reeves Turner, MD, PhD Scholarship was established in 2013 and is awarded each year to a deserving student from one of the Medical Center Schools. The recipient of this award, selected by the dean or his designee, exemplifies Dr. Turner’s outstanding attributes of leadership, education and service.

Jack R. Gordy Outstanding Graduate Student Award is presented to the graduating student in the Master of Health Sciences program who demonstrates academic excellence, as deemed by departmental faculty.

Jack R. Gordy Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award is presented to the graduating student in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program who demonstrates academic excellence, as deemed by departmental faculty.

John Carey Bolen Occupational Therapy Memorial Award is presented to the graduating occupational therapy student who, as deemed by the faculty, exemplifies the spirit of occupational therapy through courage and determination to persevere and overcome adversity to accomplish professional goals while maintaining interest and enthusiasm for the profession.

Juanita Woods Distinguished Service Award, sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association - Mississippi (APTA-MS) in honor of Juanita Woods, is presented to the graduating physical therapy student who has demonstrated involvement in community and school activities, and leadership in the physical therapy profession.

Latin Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who have been continuously enrolled as full time students and have achieved a cumulative GPA average of 3.50 or higher during the duration of the entire undergraduate career.  Latin Honors awarded include Cum Laude (3.50-3.74 GPA), Magna Cum Laude (3.75-3.89 GPA), or Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.0 GPA).

Leaders in Service Award is presented to the SHRP student who has demonstrated a high level of service and humility in regards to their commitment to community engagement, service, and advocacy. 

Lois Boackle Jones Memorial Award was established in 2013 by the family of Lois Boackle Jones. One award is given annually to a senior student who has earned a minimum 3.75 grade point average at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The scholarship rotates among baccalaureate programs.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Excellence Award is sponsored by the Mississippi Radiological Society and presented to the graduating student in Magnetic Resonance Imaging who has excelled both academically and clinically.

Marshal of the Class Award is presented to the Student Marshal of the Class, selected as the graduating student with highest grade point average in a department on a rotational basis. The Marshal of the Class is responsible for organizing, leading and guiding the graduates at commencement.

Mississippi Blood Services Medical Laboratory Science Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award is presented to the senior medical laboratory science student who demonstrates outstanding clinical achievement in the senior year.

Mississippi Occupational Therapy Association Outstanding Leadership Award is presented to a graduating occupational therapy student judged by the faculty to consistently demonstrate exceptional leadership skills in the classroom, on the school campus and in the community.

Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists Outstanding Student Award, sponsored by the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, is presented to the graduating student in Radiologic Sciences who has excelled both academically and clinically.

Neva F. Greenwald Physical Therapy Award is presented to the graduating physical therapy student who has maintained a high level of performance, both clinically and academically, and represents the physical therapy profession in an exemplary manner before peers and the public.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Clinical Practice Award is sponsored by the Mississippi Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and is presented to the graduating Nuclear Medicine Technology student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in clinical practice.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Excellence Award is sponsored by the Mississippi Radiological Society and presented to the graduating student in Nuclear Medicine Technology who has excelled both academically and clinically.

Occupational Therapy Award of Clinical Excellence is presented to the graduating occupational therapy student who demonstrates outstanding performance, judgment and attitude in clinical performance.

Outstanding Health Informatics and Information Management Student Award is presented to the graduating health informatics and information management student judged by the faculty to be the outstanding student as demonstrated by academic performance, departmental and school activities, professional service and community involvement.

Outstanding Immunohematology Award is presented to the graduating medical laboratory science student with the highest academic average in immunohematology.

Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student Award is presented to the graduating occupational therapy student who is judged by the faculty to be the outstanding student as demonstrated by academic performance, departmental and school activities, professional service and community involvement.

Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award is presented to the graduating physical therapy student who is judged by the faculty to be the outstanding student as demonstrated by academic performance, departmental and school activities, professional service and community involvement.

Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. Initiates are selected on the basis of academic achievement.

Physical Therapy Award of Excellence, initiated by the physical therapy class of 1983, is presented to a graduating physical therapy student in recognition of overall contribution to physical therapy and the potential for future professional achievement.

Physical Therapy Clinical Education Award, initiated by the physical therapy class of 1991, is presented to a graduating physical therapy student or students who are judged by essay to have a keen insight into the goals and benefits of clinical education and who reflect a commitment to lifelong learning.

Pi Theta Epsilon (Gamma Lambda Chapter) is a specialized honor society recognizing and encouraging superior scholarship among occupational therapy students. The society strives to instill in its members the ideal of respect for learning and commitment to scholarship throughout one’s professional life.

Rebecca J. Yates Professionalism Award is given to a health informatics and information management graduating student who displays exceptional poise, confidence, knowledge and skill.

Regions Bank Health Informatics and Information Management Scholastic Award is presented to the graduating undergraduate health informatics and information management student who is graduating with the highest academic average.  A minimum 3.50 grade point average is required for this award.

Regions Bank Histotechnology Scholastic Award is presented to the graduating histotechnology student who is graduating with the highest academic average. A minimum 3.50 grade point average is required for this award.

Regions Bank Medical Laboratory Science Scholastic Award is presented to the graduating medical laboratory science student who is graduating with the highest academic average. A minimum 3.50 grade point average is required for this award.

Robert B. Weaver Student Physical Therapy Award, sponsored by the physical therapy class of 1998, recognizes a graduating physical therapy student for friendliness, helpfulness, genuine concern, cooperation, effective communications and interpersonal skills.

Scottie Mooney Memorial Outstanding Medical Laboratory Science Student Award is presented to the graduating medical laboratory science student judged by the faculty to be outstanding in clinical interpretation as demonstrated by clinical and academic performance.

Student Research Awards, sponsored by the School of Health Related Professions, acknowledges students for their outstanding achievements in research.

Timothy Moore OT Student Award is given to the graduating occupational therapy student who is deemed by their peers to be a living example of therapeutic use of self in putting others’ needs before their own. This person exhibits humility, a consistently positive attitude, and a true love of their chosen profession.

Trustmark National Bank Occupational Therapy Scholastic Award is presented to the occupational therapy student who is graduating with the highest academic average. A minimum 3.50 grade point average is required for this award.

Trustmark National Bank Physical Therapy Scholastic Award is presented to the physical therapy student who is graduating with the highest academic average. A minimum 3.50 grade point average is required for this award.

Trustmark National Bank Radiologic Sciences Scholastic Award, honoring Ann Whitfield Fox, is presented to the radiologic sciences student graduating with the highest academic average. A minimum 3.50 grade point average is required for this award.

University Pathology Associates Award, sponsored by the University Pathology Associates, is presented to the graduating medical laboratory science student and graduating Histotechnology student who have demonstrated the highest standards in professionalism and interpersonal communication skills in laboratory knowledge.