Hartenstein receives a 2016 Lillian Elsinga Outstanding Student Leader Award

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School of Medicine & Health Sciences


Sarah Hartenstein, a student in the Medical Laboratory Science Program , was nominated and was selected to receive a 2016 Lillian Elsinga Outstanding Student Leader Award. The staff of the Student Involvement and Leadership Office commended Hartenstein on the recognition and thanked her for her leadership at UND and in the Grand Forks community.

Hartenstein has been the copresident for the UND Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Club for the last two years. She helped plan two blood drives this school year and last year, and included two other UND student clubs in the blood drive to increase participation. Last year the club participated in the UND Big Event . The club members also went on a tour of the Mayo labs in Rochester, Minn., both years. The club members designed T-shirts and jackets for club members and other students in the MLS major. Club members have planned social events for the club and marched in the UND homecoming parade with the SMHS’s float.

Hartenstein and others in the club have also talked to students in biology and chemistry classes about a 4+1 Program whereby the students can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Biology or Chemistry and also obtain a certificate in MLS. She has developed her leadership and organizational skills in making all these activities work and with input from many club members. She also has gained skills in running a meeting by holding club meetings once a month.