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AOTF St. Catherine Challenge

Participate in the 2023 Challenge!

Submit your interest in participating now and we'll get your team set up for success with a kick-off meeting and toolkit in early September!

The AOTF St. Catherine Challenge is a national student-led fundraising initiative to support occupational therapy research grants awarded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

The Challenge began in September 2013 when honor society students from St. Catherine University learned the importance of using effective treatment methods that are supported by research evidence. These students were seeking to increase awareness of occupational therapy research that guides practice. They challenged OT students at universities across the United States to a take on the challenge, create their own fundraisers, engage their communities, and join together in a friendly competition in support of AOTF's mission.

AOTF awards Intervention Research Grants (IRGs) to provide early-stage research funding to OT investigators that enable them to collect pilot data and build proof of concept for new and novel ideas. This one-year research grant of $50,000 is essential first-round funding necessary to collect and analyze data, publish findings, apply for larger grants, and conduct future studies. IRGs are the first step to improving the delivery of quality care. It is the goal of this year’s Challenge to fully fund 1 IRG in 2023 with funds raised by students.

Steps for Success Sample Toolkit (2023 version coming soon!):

Support the Challenge 

2022 Challenge Ended February 28, 2022: 
Be sure to include the name of your participating school.

  • Donate online (preferred method due to our limited non-profit staff resources)
  • Donate by mail: Make checks payable to AOTF, include school name on memo line and mail with a Donation Form so your school receives credit to:

AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge
12300 Twinbrook Pkwy., Suite 520
Rockville, MD  20852

  • Donate by phone:
    • 240-292-1077
    • Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

The tax-deductible donations raised by the St. Catherine Challenge are used exclusively to fund and promote research into occupational therapy and thus advance the science of everyday living. Matching funds may be available based on university location and donors. See Disclosures.

2022 AOTF St. Catherine Challenge Results

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by SJSU SOTA (@sjsusota)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by MGH IHP SOTA (@ihp_sota)

 

AOTF Prize Pack Winner

Congratulations to Elizabethtown College! As a first-time participating school in 2022 they were selected to receive AOTF Prize Packs for each of their team members!

 

We love that we have the opportunity to support OT research through the St. Catherine Challenge this year and are excited to be working alongside other OT programs across the country to reach our national fundraising goal.

- San Jose State University, 2020 St. Catherine Challenge Grand Winner (Left, with Misericordia University and Mary Baldwin University)

 

 

SCC Participants

Past Challenge Awards

1st Place - President’s Award

  • 4 Tickets to AOTF’s Breakfast with a Scholar and picture with the BWS speaker
  • 2 Tickets to AOTF VIP Reception
  • Plaque for the school

2nd Place - Award of Excellence

  • 4 tickets to AOTF’s Breakfast with a Scholar and picture with the BWS speaker
  • 2 tickets to State of the Science Symposium
  • Plaque for the school

3rd Place - Award of Merit

  • 2 tickets to AOTF’s Breakfast with a Scholar and picture with the BWS speaker
  • 2 tickets to the SOS Symposium

MVP- Recognizes a school that went above and beyond in this year’s Challenge. A top factor will be the school that uses the #AOTFSCC the most.

  • Plaque for the school and picture with the BWS speaker

Rush to the Top- Recognizes the most successful first-time participating school

  • Plaque for the school and picture with the BWS speaker

In addition to the overall Challenge winners, AOTF recognizes school’s successes during the Challenge.
100% Faculty Participation:
Temple University
Alvernia University
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Towson University
Indiana University
University of Florida
St. Catherine College
University of Tennessee Medical Center

Contact

StCatherineChallenge@aotf.org
240-292-1077
AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge
12300 Twinbrook Pkwy., Suite 520
Rockville, MD 20852


 

Past Challenge Award Winners:

2021
1st Place- University of Pittsburgh
2nd Place- Washington University in St. Louis
3rd Place- NYU Steinhardt
MVP- MGH Health Institution of Health Professions
Rush to the Top- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2020
1st Place- San Jose State University