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Robert K. Bing Occupational Therapy Scholars Program

The Robert K. Bing Occupational Therapy Scholars Program endowment was established in March 1996 with a lead gift of $10,000 from Dr. Bing, first dean and professor emeritus of the School of Allied Health Sciences, and other donors.

In 1966, Robert K. Bing agreed to reorganize the Department of Occupational Therapy in the hospitals of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Here he established the first school of allied health in the Southwest. In 1968, he was named dean of the School of Health Professions, the first occupational therapist to receive such an appointment.

Dr. Bing contributed to education, research, administration, recruitment, and public relations for occupational therapy. In 1981, the AOTA awarded him its highest honor, the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship. While holder of the lectureship, Dr. Bing wrote "Occupational Therapy Revisited," a thorough, thoughtful, and inspiring history of occupational therapy, from its philosophical origins in seventeenth-century England forward.

The purpose of this award is to

  • promote scholarship and ease the financial burden of professional education for occupational therapy students who demonstrate potential for leadership in the field.
  • honor the founder and first dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Dr. Robert K. Bing, who was a nationally acclaimed occupational therapist and educator.
  • attract dedicated students who strengthen the occupational therapy program and the School of Health Professions on their way to becoming competent, contributing practitioners, and continue to serve the award recipients as a source of professional encouragement and development after their graduation.
  • encourage students to emulate Dr. Bing's high standards of scholarship, integrity, professional competence, and compassion.

The Award

  • This award will cover part of recipient's tuition and required course fees for 2 semesters (as described by the UTMB Office of the Registrar).
  • During the student's second semester, the recipient completes a scholarly work that will be presented before the student's class leaves for Level II fieldwork.
  • In addition, the recipient agrees to submit the scholarly paper to a professional association for publication or presentation at a meeting or conference.

To be eligible for the award a student must:

  • be a first year occupational therapy student
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 while at the School of Health Professions
  • have no period of academic or nonacademic probation during enrollment in the School of Health Professions, and
  • be a member of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the UTMB Student Occupational Therapy Association

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria include:

  • evidence of service provided to the community, schools, churches, professional organizations, and other groups over the last ten years;
  • evidence of leadership activities within the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Texas Medical Branch, and in school, community, and professional organizations over the last ten years; and
  • evidence of high standards of scholarship and professionalism.

Selection Procedures

  • Students will apply for consideration in the final semester of their first academic year.
  • Applicants must submit:
    • a completed Application Form;
    • a Student Profile Sheet;
    • evidence of identification of a mentor/advisor who will collaborate with the student during the scholarly work;
    • a proposal for a scholarly work (e.g., paper, project, case study, videotape) on a topic pertinent to occupational therapy
    • a narrative statement that responds to the following topics (no more than 800 words, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
      • Describe your past involvement in service & leadership roles (during and/or prior to enrollment at UTMB).
      • Discuss the impact these roles have had on your occupational therapy education and your future plans.
      • Describe your future plans in the field of occupational therapy (e.g., specialized field of occupational therapy, rural practice, further formal study, teaching, research);
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the student's high standards of service, leadership activities, and professionalism addressing the applicant's suitability for the award. Letters may be written by (in come combination) OT faculty, clinical supervisors, employers or classmates.

The recipient will be notified during the spring semester of his or her first year. From that time, the recipient works with a mentor/advisor to prepare the scholarly work. This work will be presented before the student's class leaves for Level II fieldwork and submitted for publication or presentation at a professional level.

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Application Form

Expanded Proposal Format

Proposal Requirements