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USD Medical Laboratory Science Students, Alumnus and Faculty Earn Scholarships and Awards

Kari Potter, headshot Kari Potter, chair and instructor in the Medical Laboratory Science program at USD, received the Omicron Sigma award from the South Dakota chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. She was also selected to serve on the board of directors.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Four current students, a recent graduate and a faculty member of the University of South Dakota’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program were recently recognized by the South Dakota chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS-SD).

ASCLS – SD awarded three major scholarships to medical laboratory science students in the state of South Dakota, and all three are enrolled in the USD Medical Laboratory Science program.

Scholarship recipients are: Thodah Hovor, a senior MLS student who soon begins clinical rotations at Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls; Tara Stein, a senior MLS student who is doing her internship at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls; and Lauren Matthey, a senior MLS student performing her internship at St. Luke’s College (at UnityPoint Health) in Sioux City, Iowa.

ASCLS-SD also recognized the contributions of a current MLS student, a recent MLS graduate and MLS faculty member and department chair, Kari Potter, with Omicron Sigma awards. Cassie Echols, USD MLS class of 2021, was recognized for her service as a developing professional, and Iman Omar, USD MLS class of 2018, was recognized for her role as an ascending professional. In addition to her Omicron Sigma recognition, Potter was selected to serve on the ASCLS-SD board of directors for the 2020-2022 term.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News