AOTF works closely with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to support a variety of programs designed to advance research, education, and leadership in occupational therapy. Several of these joint initiatives are undertaken during the annual AOTA Annual Conference while others are undertaken throughout the year.
OT Summer Institute for Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy
Postponed to June 2021 | Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
AOTA and AOTF are pleased to announce the fifth annual Summer Institute of Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy. The program will introduce select students to a career in research, connect them with mentors in the occupational therapy scientific community, and immerse them in a research-focused professional experience, the Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars at Colorado State University. Applications for the 2020 Summer Institute closed on November 22, 2019. Learn more about the program and application process.
Purpose of the Institute
The purpose of the Institute is threefold:
- To identify potential scientists in entry-level education programs
- To connect potential entry-level scientists with mentors in the occupational therapy scientific community
- To develop a peer network.
Who is Invited?
A cohort of entry-level students will be selected to participate in the 1-day Institute on June 18, 2020 and the 2-day Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars on June 19-20, 2020. The facilitators and mentors of the Institute will be composed of faculty and doctoral/post-doctoral students from established research programs around the nation. Selected students will earn a scholarship that will cover economy flights, ground transportation, and hotel (shared with another student). Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Selected participants are expected to arrive on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, to be ready for the Institute the following morning.
- To apply, you must be a current student in occupational therapy with an interest in science and research in the field of occupational therapy.
- The intent of the program is to train and mentor future occupational therapy scientific researchers who may have limited exposure to research opportunities at their current institution, therefore, students attending research intensive institutions and/or institutions with a heavy research mission are not eligible (e.g., DRU-VH Carnegie Classification). If you are unsure of your eligibility, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Final decision as to eligibility rests with the OT Summit of Scholars Selection Committee.
Tentative Schedule Based on Previous Year
June 18, 2020
8:30-9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:15 Breakout Session 1
10:30-11:15 Panel Session 1
11:15-12:00 Panel Session 2
1:00-1:45 Panel Session 3
1:45-2:30 Panel Session 4
2:45-3:30 Breakout Session 2
3:30-4:15 Breakout Session 3
4:15-4:30 Summary and Wrap-up
Precedes the 9th Annual Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars
Friday-Saturday, June 2021 | Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
A collaboration between the Occupational Therapy academic programs at Colorado State University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Congratulations 2020/2021 Summer Institute Students
Austin Cunningham, Winston-Salem State University
Chelsea Steffens, Drake University
Ashley Rigas, Pacific University
Kyra Barillier, Saint Louis University
Tara Hood, Eastern Kentucky University
Jessica Golding , Towson University
Taylor Wienkes, Creighton University
Molly Nadeau, Kean University
Brooke Ellis, Western New England University
Kelsey Hadsall, Misericordia University
William Librizzi, University of the Sciences
Grace Hellier, James Madison University
Ellery Lockwood, Stanbridge University
Lorelei Hoover, University of Findlay
Braxton Willoughby, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Mollyanne Tessler, Long Island UniversityBrooklyn
Taylor Keahilani Kenui/Fong, Rocky Mountain College
Kathleen Ann Melei, Huntington University
Elizabeth Stevens, The College of St. Scholastica
Allison Pfleghaar, Florida Gulf Coast University
Shannon Myers, Midwestern University Downers Grove
Samantha Holzschu, Western Michigan University
Natalie (NJ) Phillips, Eastern Michigan University
Emma Kinsey, University of Central Arkansas
Melissa Dale, East Carolina University
Tennille Lambert, Mercy College
Emily Yuen, Dominican University of California
Alleya James, Methodist University
Catherine Arora, Mercy College
Jared Southwick, Arkansas State University
Rowan Wallace, University of Southern Maine
Karla Morel, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus