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USD Medical Laboratory Science honored with ASCLS awards

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The South Dakota chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) hosted its Spring Symposium last month in Pierre, S.D. During the luncheon, state society awards were presented to Emma Miller of Vermillion, former USD student Lacey Lane of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Kay Rasmussen, M.S., M.L.S. (ASCP)CM, USD Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Department Chair.

“We are very proud of the Medical Laboratory Science program’s excellent students, skilled graduates, and outstanding faculty leadership," stated Michael J. Lawler, Ph.D., M.S.W., dean of the School of Health Sciences.

Miller is the recipient of one of three MLS student scholarships. Qualifications for the scholarship include above average academic/pre-professional activity achievements during their undergraduate career and they must be a South Dakota resident. Miller will begin her MLS internship this summer and graduate from USD next spring.

Lane was presented with the New Professional of the Year Award, which recognizes individuals in their first through fifth year as a MLS professional. She graduated with her MLS degree from USD in 2012.

Rasmussen was awarded one of the state level Omicron Sigma awards. This award provides recognition of those dedicated members who volunteer their personal resources, time and energy to ASCLS. Rasmussen has been with USD since 2004.

The symposium also paid tribute to National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. For more information about Medical Laboratory Science at USD, please visit or email


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News