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Released January 9, 2003


HATTIESBURG – While some children develop an early fear of needles, Elizabeth Herrington developed an early fascination for them.

Now, it is paying off.

Herrington, of Ridgeland, a senior majoring in medical technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Associate Member Student Section of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Chosen for her outstanding academic achievement in laboratory medicine studies and for her strong leadership in the field, Herrington was among more than 150 entries to the ASCP-AMS Educators Committee.

Herrington, 22, is the daughter of Randy and Denise Herrington of Ridgeland.

"My father is a med-tech, and I've always liked it," said Herrington, adding that she became interested in laboratory technology at an early age.

A degree from Southern Miss, she said, would allow her to compete in the diverse field of laboratory medicine. Herrington, who maintains a 4.0 GPA, said she chose Southern Miss because "it has the best medical technology program in the state."

"There are a lot of opportunities out there. You can work in retail, selling for the companies that supply labs, or you can be the manager of a lab, or work in a specialty lab. And you can work at almost any hospital because right now there is a shortage," Herrington said.

Candidates for the scholarship were judged by their grade-point average, letters of recommendation and a 750-word personal essay describing their career goals and leadership skills.

"Elizabeth is an exceptional student with a real grasp of academics, but who's also very compassionate," said Dr. Jane Hudson, program director for medical technology. "She'll be a real asset to the medical technology profession.


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