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UNC MSOT St. Catherine Challenge 2017



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EVENT DATE: Jan 30, 2017

DEADLINE TO GIVE: Feb 15, 2017

Forty-eight hours. Five hundred dollars. 

UNC SOTA accepted the 2017 St. Catherine Challenge, a national, student-led initiative to raise funds for research grants given by the non-profit organization, The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF).

And we need your help. 

On January 30-31, we're racing the clock to raise $500 in 48 hours. Donate here on this site, and be sure to list "UNC" if it asks for an affiliation. 

If you're on this page, then you or someone close to you is passionate about the OT field. OTs impact the lives of individuals on a daily basis to work one-on-one to enhance their ability to pursue their own passions. Using evidence-based practices tied to research assist in providing the funding necessary for this research to become a reality.

Thank you for considering supporting this challenge, and the future of OT!

About the St. Catherine Challenge

The Challenge began in September 2013 by honor society students from St. Catherine University. After learning the importance of using effective treatment methods that are supported by research evidence, they challenged OT students at universities across the United States to a friendly competition in support of OT research. Last year, the Challenge raised over $23,000 with the largest participation of 34 schools. 


The UNC Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a non-profit student organization that serves to promote professional development through education, leadership opportunities, networking, volunteer activities, social activities and fundraising.

About AOTF

AOTF’s Intervention Research Grants lays the necessary groundwork for larger intervention studies and supports the profession’s Centennial Vision as science-driven and evidence-based. In the past two years, 10 awards have been funded in areas such as autism, falls prevention, and stroke rehabilitation.

AOTF’s research priorities are:

  • health behaviors to prevent and manage chronic conditions;
  •  functional cognition;
  • safety and injury prevention in home, clinical and community settings;
  • technology and environmental supports in home and community; 
  •  development and transitions for individuals and families;
  • emotional and physiological influences;
  • family and caregiver needs; and
  • healthcare experience: access, care coordination, utilization.