The College of Nursing and Health Sciences acknowledged undergraduate students’ outstanding accomplishments at the annual Honors Tea on April 26. The following students received awards:

Biomedical and Health Sciences

Chair’s Award – Presented to a student who has a remarkable GPA and has demonstrated significant involvement in extracurricular activities: Delaney Kelleher and Shay Pouliot

Kelleher participates in UVM Hillel, Challah for Hunger and the Love Your Melon Campus crew. She also serves as the service vice president for Alpha Phi Omega and participates in research with Dr. Patricia Prelock that focuses on emotion and theory of mind in children with autism.

Pouliot worked at the Porter Medical Center as a phlebotomist and performs undergraduate research in the Amiel laboratory, where she studies the metabolism of immune cells. She is a community leader for Living and Learning’s health professions housing and a CNHS Link peer mentor

René C. Lachapelle Award – Given to an outstanding junior in Medical Laboratory Science for excellence in scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities and commitment to cultural diversity: Brianna Pierce

Pearce is vice-president of the Pre-PA club and will serve as co-president next semester. She traveled to Peru through MEDLIFE, an organization that provides medicine, education, and community development to low-income communities in Africa and South America and has devoted several hours to shadowing providers in the Emergency Department at UVM Medical Center. She is also a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council.

New Hampshire-Vermont Clinical Laboratory Manager Association Scholarship - Presented to a third-year Medical Laboratory Science student at UVM and is based on academic performance, need and demonstrated dedication to the field of medical laboratory science: Brianna Pierce

Pierce’s long-term goal is to become a physician assistant. She plans to work as a certified medical laboratory scientist for a few years first to expand her knowledge.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Promise Award – Recognizes an undergraduate student deemed by faculty to have the most promise in Communication Sciences and Disorders in research and/or clinical work: Hannah Sheehy

Sheehy is a leader in the Morris research laboratory, where she mentors undergraduate students works with graduate students to support an intervention study investigating the impact of parent training on the development of theory of mind in children with autism using narrative scripts during book reading.


Chair’s Award - Recognizes a sophomore and a junior student who have demonstrated clinical competence, intellectual ability, and a determined effort to become an excellent nurse.

• Presented to a second-year student in recognition of excellence: Brigid Enright

Enright is a peer mentor and a note-taker for Student Accessibility Services.

• Presented to a third-year student in recognition of excellence: Claire Vanderpot

As a student representative to the Baccalaureate Education Committee, Vanderpot has made considerable contributions reporting student concerns in a professional, kind, and objective manner. Next year she will serve as supplemental instructor in Pharmacology.

Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Rookie of the Year in Athletic Training Award – Given to student in his or her first year of clinical experiences who has shown exceptional potential as a dedicated and responsible future professional: Somer MacKillop

MacKillop has been a member of the UVM club football team for two years and is currently the head of recruitment and social media for the team. He is active in the Student Athletic Medicine Society and a member of and a UVM Athletics event staff member..

Professional Growth Award – Presented to the student who has shown exceptional growth in the areas of prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries: Kalee Hennig

Hennig is a member of the Honors College and her thesis involves the psychosocial aspects of college athletes in their decisions to report concussions. She is a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Burlington YMCA and will be a Wellness Environment resident advisor next year.

University Honors

The College of Nursing and Health Science acknowledged the following CNHS students who are members of the UVM Honors College:.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Clara Behrman, Emily Moran, Hannah Sheehy

Health Sciences

Carmen Beckley, Nicole Bellhorn, Chrystina Bonelli, Abby Goldman, Andrew Slauterbeck

Medical Radiation Sciences

Bernadette Benn


Emma Adams, Paige Brower, Deirdre Charles, Maggie Dwyer, Brigid Enright, Mary Guyette, Jessica Hartman, Maeve Higgins, Amulya Jaldu, Tasha Kalra, Dan McCarthy, Stella Otis, Taylor Perez, Katie Picariello

Athletic Training

Kalee Hennig

Exercise Science

Colin Acton, Sophie John, Ericka Schoff, Isabella Sierra


Janet Lynn Essman Franz
Patricia Prelock commended students for devoting their careers to improving quality of life for patients and clients. (Photo: Brian Jenkins)
Professor Kelly Tourville presented Kalee Hennig, Athletic Training '19, with an award for professional growth. (Photo: Brian Jenkins)