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BLD Student Association

The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program Student Association (BLDSA) at MSU is a student run organization that provides its members with the opportunity to become involved in their curriculum and profession.

All students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical laboratory sciences are invited to join. Your membership gives you the opportunity to participate in variety of professional and social activities. These activities include volunteer opportunities, facility tours and social activities. The goal of these activities is to provide our members with sufficient background to make career decisions by exploring the diversity of options available in this field of study.

For information about BLDSA, contact bld@msu.edu.

BLDSA Eboard application

2021- 2022 BLDSA Executive Board:

Walker Hayslette

Walker Hayslette
President

Hello, I'm Walker. My favorite BLD class I've had so far was 204 Mechanisms of Disease. I enjoyed the case studies and the different activities that I did in that class, as well as my professor, Dr. Morris, who made the class really fun and enjoyable as well. I really look forward to getting to know everyone more this year and working together with you all!

 

Jyoti Prasad

Jyoti Prasad
Vice President/DEI representative

My name is Jyoti Prasad and I serve as Vice President/DEI representative on the BLDSA Board. My favorite BLD class is BLD 314L because I like the aspect of being able to apply the knowledge and techniques learned from lecture in lab. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Darcie Kolanek

Darcie Kolanek
Secretary

My name is Darcie Kolanek. I am currently a senior and I am also involved in CHAARG a female workout club at MSU. I originally was interested in joining the BLDSA to make connections with more BLD students and faculty.

Rachel White

Rachel White
Treasurer

Hello! My name is Rachel White and I will be a senior this fall. I am excited to be serving as Treasurer on the BLDSA Eboard this year! My favorite BLD class is BLD 213L. I really enjoyed learning new lab techniques and applying what I have learned in class to a lab setting.

Melissa Schamanek

Melissa Schamanek
Event Coordinator

Hi my name is Melissa and I am one of the Event Coordinators this year. I am a senior majoring in Biomedical Laboratory Science with a MLS concentration. My favorite BLD class is BLD 434 Clinical Immunology with Dr. Hoag because I am fascinated with how the immune system works in helping, and sometimes even damaging the body. I am so excited to be apart of E-board and cannot wait to organize fun events this year so we can all get to know each other and learn more about BLD!

Mikayla Sague

Mikayla Sague
Event Coordinator

My name is Mikayla Sague and I am an Events Coordinator this year. I am a third-year student, and my minor is in Spanish. My favorite class has been BLD 204 because I really enjoyed the case studies and discussions. I am excited to be helping with planning lots of great events and getting to know more students! 

Liz Hartz

Liz Hartz
Member-at-Large

Hi! My name is Liz, and I will be one of BLDSA’s Members at Large. I am a senior in the BLD program and my favorite class was BLD 213L. I enjoyed learning lab skills and applying them to what I have learned in other classes. I’m excited for a fun year with BLDSA!

Brooke Carrigan

Brooke Carrigan
Member-at-Large

My name is Brooke Carrigan and I am one of the members at large for this school year. I am a BLD major, but hoping to continue to dental school after graduation. My role is to engage with BLD students and promote our opinions and voices in BLDSA, so don’t be afraid to reach out and say hi! I am excited and hopeful for our time back together in the lab—finally!

Ms. Michelle Russell

Ms. Michelle Russell
BLDSA Co-advisor

Ms. Russell is BLD Academic Advisor and co-instructs BLD molecular courses. She has a varied background in the clinical lab, including transplantation and molecular diagnostics. She loves working with BLD students and assisting them in all areas of academic, career and professional development.

Ms. Michelle Markstrom

Ms. Michelle Markstrom
BLDSA Co-advisor

Ms. Markstrom has a clinical background as a generalist and along with being a Hematology Team Leader. She has research and production lab experience. She is an Assistant Instructor in multiple BLD teaching Laboratory courses. She enjoys golfing and traveling and sharing her experiences with her students.