Category: Genetic Counseling

August 20, 2012 – Class of 2014 matriculates with 7 students.

The UUGPGC welcomes seven students this year. They are from Utah, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Alaska, California, Nevada, and Washington. Their biosketches are included in our student page.

In May 2012, Rena Vanzo, MS, LCGC, won the third annual UUGPGC Teaching Award, which is conferred by the second year students and supported by the Division of Medical Genetics. Rena is senior genetic counselor at Lineagen, Inc. and previously worked in the Division of Medical Genetics as a genetic counselor in the Biochemical and General Genetics Clinics. She is currently co-instructor for the Human Genetics course (H Gen 6500) and co-chair of the Admissions Committee. Rena is also a clinical supervisor, frequent student mentor, and research mentor.

Bonnie Baty, MS, LCGC received a University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award. A nominee for the Distinguished Teaching Award must maintain a consistent record of outstanding teaching performance and implement effective and innovative teaching methods which demonstrate exceptional abilities to motivate student learning. Nominee must show a concern for students and their wider education as well as their career preparation and must also contribute to the educational process outside of the classroom (curriculum planning, supervision of programs, development of community programs, etc.).

Thanks to the donors of student fellowships for fall 2012!

We are grateful to the Educational Resource Development Council (ERDC), ARUP Labs, and Myriad Genetics for partnering with our program to fund student fellowships for fall 2012. These fellowships help to make the graduate program more affordable for our students. The fellowships not only provide a stipend, but also make students eligible for the University of Utah Tuition Benefit Program in the semester fellowship. We are in need of funds for spring 2013. To participate, please go to our Giving Opportunities page or contact the program director.

Thanks to a private donor for providing $500 stipends to help second year students attend the NSGC conference in fall 2012!

Three Graduates in Class of 2012 have accepted jobs in Utah

Two students in the Class of 2009 have published their UUGPGC research in peer-reviewed journals.