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Recognition, Achievements and Awards

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing believes it is important to honor and celebrate our faculty, alumni and students and their achievements in and contributions to scholarship, research and service. This catalog of honor is one way we say “Thank you” for the diligence and integrity they display through their work each and every day.



Undergraduate student to receive the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship
Posted: Sept. 27, 2016

Cecilia Lopez

Cecilia Lopez, a student in the UT Austin School of Nursing Undergraduate Honors Program, is one of 30 undergraduate/pre-licensure and graduate students across the nation to receive the American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA) Board of Directors Student Scholarship.

This award will provide free registration, travel and lodging to the APNA 30th Annual Conference, Oct. 19-22 in Hartford, Connecticut. Additionally, the students will receive a one-year complimentary membership in APNA and access to education and resources to further develop their skills as they prepare to practice nursing.

During the conference, Cecilia will present the poster “Barriers to Mental Health Service Utilization Among Depressed Minority Adolescents and Young Adults: An Integrative Review” with her instructor Dr. Donna Rolin, assistant professor and director of the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program at the School of Nursing.

Quick-thinking student nurse saves a life, receives award
Posted: Aug. 1, 2016

Glenn Croft receiving an Austin Citizens Award.

Click here to view the video from the ceremony.

Glenn Croft, an AE-MSN student and president of the Association of Nurses in Graduate School received an Austin Citizens Award from the Austin Police Department for stepping into an altercation on South Congress during which a person was stabbed and began bleeding profusely. Using his EMT and nursing skills, Glenn was able to stabilize the individual until Austin police and emergency medical personnel arrived.

Glenn is currently on the Adult-Gerontology CNS track and has finished his foundation year.

"I couldn't have got though this first year without the kinship that I developed with my nursing cohort and the guidance of the faculty and staff at the UT School of Nursing," Glenn said. "To my way of thinking, the graduate school at the University of Texas School of Nursing is one of the most progressive nursing programs that I am aware of. I am honored to be a student at such a wonderful school."

Prior to pursing a career in nursing, Glenn obtained a bachelors degree in biology from UT Austin and became an emergency medical technician.

Click here to view the video from the award ceremony.

Duyen Nguyen

AE-MSN student receives St. David’s Medical Center Healthcare Volunteers scholarship
Posted: June 24, 2016

Duyen Nguyen, a student in the School of Nursing’s Alternate Entry Master’s of Science in Nursing program, has received a $6,000 scholarship from the St. David’s Medical Center Healthcare Volunteers. Funding for the scholarships is drawn from the volunteers’ gift shop profits and designated scholarship funds.

Click here to learn more about the St. David’s Medical Center HealthCare - Volunteer Scholarship Program.

Linda Yoo

Nursing student elected to Junior Fellows Program
Posted: May 2, 2016

Linda Yoo has been selected for The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts Junior Fellows Program.

The Junior Fellows Program provides recognition for outstanding students who have completed four semesters, or approximately 60 semester hours of coursework. Chosen annually from the best students across the campus, junior fellows are given the opportunity to participate in independent study and research with distinguished professors of their choice.

The program is administered by the College of Liberal Arts, but undergraduates in all colleges and schools are eligible to take part.

In 2014 Kaitlin Elise Galloway, another nursing student, was named to the program.

Ashley Henneghan

Doctoral student receives scholarship from oncology foundation
Posted: April 5, 2016

Ashley Henneghan, RN, MSN and current doctoral student, has received a Foundation Research Doctoral Scholarship in the amount of $7,500 for the year 2016-2017 from the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation.

Click here to learn more about the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation - Doctoral Scholarships.

In-coming graduate student receives prestigious fellowship
Posted: Feb. 26, 2016

Mark Moreno, who will begin the School of Nursing’s Alternate Entry MSN program in June, was awarded the South Texas Fellowship for academic year 2016–17 by The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School.

The award consists of a $28,000 stipend, nine credit hours paid during the fall and spring semesters and a $2,181 payment to use for health insurance. In total, the award is approximately $40,000.

The South Texas Graduate School Fellowship is a recruitment fellowship for incoming graduate students who grew up in South Texas, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who have received their undergraduate degree from any of the public universities in South Texas.

Ashley Henneghan

Doctoral student named AACN Emerging Scientist of the month
Posted: Feb. 18, 2016

Janet Morrison, MSN, RN, MSCN, CPT, and current doctoral student, was named the Emerging Scientist of the month by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Janet is conducting research on the effects of physical activity on cognitive function in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Learn more by downloading the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - February 2016 Newsletter (PDF).

Related Article: Nursing graduate student helps fight progression of multiple sclerosis by The Daily Texan