20 New Members Inducted into OT Honor Society

By Nicole Carrera

Published on November 11, 2021

20 new members were inducted into Phi Theta Epsilon’s (PTE) Delta Iota chapter at USciences during a ceremony held on November 9, 2021. PTE is a specialized honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni, whose mission is to promote research, leadership, and scholarship. 

2021 Phi Theta Epsilon Induction

Faculty, staff, family, and friends joined new PTE members in person and via Zoom to congratulate them. The ceremony featured speakers including Sinclair Smith, ScD, Dean of Samson College of Health Sciences, and USciences alumna Pooja Patel DrOT’17, ORT/L, CDP, National President of Phi Theta Epsilon. 

Wendy Walsh, PhD, OTR/L, Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, addressed inductees offering some words of wisdom from her time as an OT student, a member of PTE, and into her career. 

“Walk through the door that this induction into PTE has opened,” shared Dr. Walsh. “You are our next generation of researchers, scholars, and leaders in the field of occupational therapy.”

Students recited the PTE oath, and were presented with an honors cord, flower, and a candle to symbolize their shining light. 

Criteria for induction into PTE requires students to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be in the top 35% of their class. The USciences chapter of PTE started in 2013 and continues to grow each year. 

2021 PTE inductees: 
Emily Bubel         
Alexandra Caro      
Sally Chea                  
Oliva Ciraulo        
Briya Cohen        
Marketa Collins      
Katelyn Davino           
Caroline Davis                          
Jessica LaPreta   
Breana Larkins      
Taylor Lorio                
Bridget Mullarkey
Nicole Marchetti   
Emily Murray          
Marie Lyani Nicandro    
Kirsten Pedicone  
Justin Roldan         
Nicole Roberts           
Briana Schaffer
Alison Varghese

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