Re-published with permission from UConn Today, original story HERE.
STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut’s Center for Career Development (CCD) has awarded its annual Intern of the Year to women's hockey senior Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.). Emily was chosen for the 2014 Intern of the Year Award for her internship with the Minnesota Memory Project due to her dedication to the organization, academic excellence and leadership on and off campus. Pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Allied Health Sciences, Emily is a senior, graduating in May 2015.
Emily was nominated by Jared Fine, research associate at the Alzheimer’s Research Center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, and Judy Brown, associate professor in residence at UConn. Fine commented on Emily’s likability in the Minnesota Memory Project: “I remember telling her during her exit interview that she was one of the most likable people I’ve ever encountered. Her positive can-do attitude and social skills made her a team player and a desirable and valuable intern.” Brown praised Emily and her efforts, stating, “She demonstrated creativity and independence to design and complete an external internship, she has continued to integrate the skills and knowledge gained from the internship into her research process and the work products she has already distributed, and is now developing, will undoubtedly be of value to the aging population and their health care providers.”
As a research intern, Emily worked on a longitudinal study focusing on dementia in adults. Her tasks included proctoring memory assessments, data entry and designing an annual newsletter.
In addition to her academic excellence and internship experience, Emily is actively involved in on-campus programs and athletics, including serving as a mentor and tutor for the UConn Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes, volunteering with the Husky Reach Community Outreach Program and playing Division I ice hockey.
Nicholas Tamburini, pursuing a double major and dual degree in turfgrass and soil science and civil engineering, received an honorable mention for his work at TPC River Highlands Club.
The Intern of the Year award is open to all UConn undergraduates who complete an internship within a specific 12-month period. The Center for Career Development models the UConn Intern of the Year program after the professional association CEIA-Cooperative Education and Internship Association, which offers an annual national award from nominations across the United States and Canada. Emily Snodgrass’ application was submitted as the University of Connecticut representative for the CEIA award, which is presented to the winner at the association’s annual conference each April.
Snodgrass leads the Huskies with eight goals in 2014-15 and is second on the squad with 10 points. In 123 career games she has a 24-32-56 scoring line, leaving her four points away from cracking UConn's top-10 all-time scoring list. The Huskies, who have been off since Nov. 30, return to the ice on Saturday, Jan. 3 for a Hockey East tilt at Northeastern.