Three senior University of Scranton occupational therapy students will be traveling to San Diego, Calif., for the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) 93rd annual conference that runs Thursday, April 25, until Saturday, April 28. The three attendees are Colleen Sullivan, Laura Urbanovich and Stephanie Lauko. They will be flying out of Philadelphia on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday and Wednesday they will attend the Assembly of Student Delegates (ASD) meeting, which is an opportunity for students to be in contact with the board members of the AOTA. This is an opportunity for students to get questions answered, for example like how will the new affordable healthcare act affect our profession, and bring back information to the students at their programs.
"For the past couple of years, SOTA has sent only the ASD representative to the conference, but has recently started sending more students because it such a great opportunity and helps with networking for fieldwork opportunities and future jobs," said Colleen Sullivan, president of SOTA. "It is also a great opportunity for developing professionalism and allows students to gain continuing education credits to add to their resumes, which is a very impressive touch. SOTA has been given this amazing opportunity every year thanks to the Student Government funding."
This year there are 15 graduate students who are paying to attend the conference because they have previously educational how great it is from current students. Three of the graduate students have posters at the conference.