Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year

Congratulations are in order for Health Science student Mary Claire Hogan. Mary Claire has recently been recognized as Truman State’s 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year by the Eta Sigma Gamma organization and NCHEC, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. On being recognized, Mary Claire writes, “I am deeply honored… Receiving this award is truly humbling and motivating, and it has reassured me that I have found my calling.” She is currently pursuing occupational health and safety, a career path that has been shaped by her internship experience during the summer of 2020. Mary Claire spent her summer at MilliporeSigma of St. Louis, MO as their Environmental, Health and Safety Intern. It was here that she feels she gained immeasurable knowledge and strengthened her professional skills, analytic, and leadership qualities. On her achievements at MilliporeSigma, Mary Claire states that most of her focus was on the evaluation and updating of the company’s Respiratory Protection Program throughout the St. Louis region. Her impressive accomplishments include creating an updated training presentation for all employees in the program, updating employee fit-test data, and developing education communication materials related to the Respiratory Protection Program. It was this experience, she writes, that helped her discover her love of worksite health. Mary Claire thanks all Health Science professors for their constant support and guidance, writing that it was Truman’s Health Science program that “ignited a passion within me for serving others.” Mary Claire hopes to obtain her Master’s in Healthcare Administration and states that she looks forward to using the skills and knowledge she gained as an undergraduate Health Science student in all of her future endeavors. The Truman State Health and Exercise Science department is proud to see her graduate this May, sad to see her leave, and wishes her continued success for years to come.