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AATCC Student Chapter Award Winners- Part 2 of 2

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By Manisha Patel

Every year, AATCC student chapters may name a graduating senior to be recognized for academic achievement and contribution to the chapter, school, and society. AATCC presents each chapter award winner with a certificate and a copy of Color Vision and Technology. Winners also receive one year of free Membership in AATCC as they start their careers.

University of California-Davis

The University of California-Davis’ Student Chapter award winner is Iryna Lazarevich, a Textiles and Clothing major. Lazarevich is a returning student who has supported herself working part-time while maintaining high performance in her textile courses. Her industry experience includes retailing at Abercrombie and Fitch, BCBG, and Max Arizona. Lazarevich also has volunteered as an interpreter for the San Francisco Bar Association and helped with immigration cases. She is a member of the Student Fashion Association at UC Davis. Philanthropically, she has foster cared a kitten for an animal shelter and is a member of the Orchid Society.

NED University of Engineering and Technology


The Student Chapter Award winner for NED University of Engineering and Technology is Rida Amjad, a BE Textile Engineering major who has received a distinguished student scholarship for continually securing second position in a class of 54 students. As an editor for the departmental magazine, her responsibilities included assuring professionalism and quality of written content in the magazine, which was highly appraised by many readers. Amjad also was honored with a Gold medal for the Textile Department twice in the University Inter-departmental Sports competition. Two programs were organized with her help, including Textile Plantation Day which she initiated in creating a garden as well as Career Seminar '13 in her role as the General Secretary of NED’s AATCC Student Chapter.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Student Chapter Award winner is Kinsey Hartmann, an Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management major with a concentration in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Management. Hartmann is a leader in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and has served as the scholarship chair, gaining valuable experience leading a group towards a common goal, scheduling, delegating tasks, meeting deadlines, collaborating, and creating incentives to increase overall GPA for the sorority. Last year, she participated in the Belk Innovation Challenge, focusing on merchandising appealing to the college-aged consumer. Her team was invited to present their ideas to Belk Corporate in Charlotte, NC, USA, and received 2nd place in the competition.

Clemson University

Mary Kathryn Burdette, a Materials Science and Engineering major with Chemistry minor in polymer chemistry, is the winner of the Student Chapter award for Clemson University. She is one of the top students in her class who has been named to both Dean’s and President’s list. She has excellent laboratory work. Her undergraduate research was conducted in polymer chemistry for the past three years. Her leadership, intellectual, laboratory, and research skills will allow her to excel as a doctoral student and researcher.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Student Chapter award winner is Sadie Laing, a Design Studies, Textile, and Apparel Design major. Her keen eye for balance, line, and proportion, strong sense of color, talent, and innovative ideas have lead her project ‘Black and White’ composition to be selected for Design 2013, the annual juried student fashion show, her logo placed runner-up in the 2013 Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy Design Competition, and a stunning fall/winter ‘duffle’ coat won first place and a $1000 scholarship in the Lands’ End Outerwear Design challenge. She has a 4.0 GPA and a Dean’s High Honors. Her extracurricular activities include being a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, volunteering at Bundles of Love, being a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, and UNICEF volunteer.