Penn State Student Receives Prestigious Fellowship

June 27, 2008

Penn State student Amy Stott has been selected as a Juran Fellow for 2008 by the Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership in Quality at the University of Minnesota.

Stott, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration, is conducting research for her dissertation. Stott is examining the improvement of long-term care management practices and direct care worker organizational commitment.

Stott is one of just three students nationwide who were selected for the prestigious fellowships, which recognize third- or fourth-year doctoral candidates “whose research shows the most promise in broadening and fueling thinking and practices in the area of quality in their chosen fields.” Stott holds a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Russell Sage College and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Sage Graduate School. Prior to coming to Penn State she worked as a program manager and physical therapist at four long-term care facilities.

"The Juran Fellowship Award will give me an opportunity to aid in improving the quality of long-term care services by providing evidence-based research for this industry,” said Stott. “This is a significant step toward a quality-related research career in health care for me.  I am grateful and honored to receive this prestigious award.”

The Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership in Quality was founded in 1993 at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management to advance research in the field of quality management. In 1997, Dr. Joseph Juran – the world’s preeminent living Quality expert – gave his foundation and name to the center. With greater resources and name recognition, the Juran Center broadened its mission to help fulfill Dr. Juran’s vision of the 21st Century as the “Century of Quality.”


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