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Texas State graduate honored as top poster presenter at conference

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
August 13, 2013

Priya Dhagat

Priya Dhagat

Priya Dhagat, a graduate of the Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Program at Texas State University, was awarded first place for her undergraduate research poster during the 81st Annual Conference of the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) held in Houston.

Dhagat, currently enrolled in graduate school at Drexel University, is the first CLS student from Texas State so recognized. Dhagat’s project, “Prevalence of Staphylococci, including Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, in a Physical Therapy Education Facility,” was conducted as part of her course requirements. She was sponsored by Karen Gibbs and Rodney E. Rohde, who were co-authors on the poster presentation.

Dhagat was selected to receive the Rising STAR (Scholarly Travel Activity and Research) Grant to attend the ASCLS conference. The Associated Student Government launched the Rising STAR Grant to promote and enhance the efforts undertaken by colleges and departments to send students to programs, conferences and activities of a scholarly nature.