Kotta named ND Occupational Therapy Association’s Student of the Year

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Katrina Kotta was named the North Dakota Occupational Therapy Association’s 2015 Student of the Year. Originally from Moorhead, Minn., she is a third-year student pursuing a Master of Occupational Therapy degree through the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Occupational Therapy; she plans to graduate in August 2016.

Kotta was nominated for the award by Assistant Professor Sarah Nielsen, PhD, OTR/L. In her nomination letter, Nielsen noted Kotta’s involvement with the legislation committee for the NDOTA, her participation in eight organizations on campus while in the OT program, and the leadership positions she has held, such as vice president of Pi Theta Epsilon, the honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni, and in-service chair of UND’s Student Occupational Therapy Association.

Nielsen also cited the numerous scholarship and academic awards Kotta said she “has been blessed to receive” and Kotta’s being named homecoming queen at UND in 2013. In addition, Kotta’s volunteer work with the Global Friends Coalition, Humane Society, and Special Olympics were significant factors in her selection.