Histotechnology Students Receive National Recognition

June 20, 2011

SUNY Cobleskill Histotechnology students Thomas Bushnell of East Berne, N.Y., Kristen Martin of Fishkill, N.Y., and Jun Jie Liang of Esperance, N.Y., are 2011 recipients of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Student Honor Award recognizing excellence in the laboratory professions.


ASCP awards are among the most prestigious in the industry and based on academic achievement, leadership ability, community activities, professional goals and endorsements from faculty and community leaders. To qualify, applicants must be a student member of ASCP, have a minimum grade-point-average of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale), and demonstrate leadership and community service activity participation.


Since its founding in 1922, ASCP has been the leader in pathology and laboratory medicine. The society’s influence has guided the evolution and maturation of this medical specialty. ASCP is unique among pathology organizations in that its inclusive membership unites pathologists and laboratory professionals to advance the profession.


In addition to being honored by ASCP, Liang also received the Gulf Coast Instrument Award and the Leica Microsystems Award, which are presented to a histology student or histotechnician who wishes to attend a professional meeting. Martin received additional honors as the recipient of a scholarship provided by University Pathologists Laboratories of Syracuse, N.Y.


Other honored students during the past academic year include Patrick Seward of Broadalbin, N.Y., who received the SUNY Cobleskill Histotechnology Laboratory Award given to the graduating Histotechnology student who exhibits not only excellence in laboratory performance, but also demonstrates leadership, motivation and a positive attitude. Liang, Martin and Hope Martinez of Garden City, N.Y., are all members Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society that recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students.


SUNY Cobleskill’s Histotechnology program, the only degree granting accredited program in New York State, is the oldest in the country. It is also a State Licensure Qualifying program and specifically trains students to preserve tissue and prepare microscopic slides for pathologists to permit patient diagnosis and treatment. The program requires extensive field experience, with students completing a 400-hour internship at one of the 15 affiliate hospitals around the state.


Upon graduation, this specialized field offers many job opportunities for SUNY graduates, including at area hospitals, research labs, clinics and other health care institutions. During the past 16 years, SUNY Cobleskill’s Histotechnology program has seen 100 percent placement of its graduates seeking employment in the field due in part to the excellent technical training, as well as the national shortage of histologists.