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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.



Whitney ThurmanDoctoral student named fellow of national association
Posted: Nov. 17, 2017

Whitney Thurman, RN, MSN, and a doctoral candidate was recently named a Health and Disability Fellow of the National Association of County and City Health Officials(NACCHO). As a fellow, Whitney will spend 15 to 20 hours a week engaging with public health leaders, developing resources on disability inclusion for local health departments, contributing to NACCHO’s digital and print publications, and representing NACCHO at national conferences and meetings. Whitney’s research focuses on investigating social, cultural, and environmental influences on the health and well-being of people with disabilities and is currently conducting a study on the perceptions of personal well-being for people living with disabilities in rural Texas.

NACCHO is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. tasked with advancing health equity and combatting disease. Its membership consists of nearly 3,000 local health departments in the U.S.

Nursing student receives the IE Kuhn Awards
Posted: Sept. 28, 2017

Undergraduate Katie Yuk Kei is one of 20 students to receive the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Kuhn Awards for the fall 2017 semester. Each of these students will receive a $1,000 stipend made possible by Michael and Alice Kuhn. Ya-Ching Huang, a doctoral candidate at the School of Nursing, will be Katie’s mentor.

The award supports first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged college students in their academic pursuits and further enriches their pre-graduate school internship experience (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books). A matching stipend is paid to the interns’ graduate student mentors.

Click here to learn about IE Pre-graduate School Internship.

Nursing student awarded an APNA Board of Directors Scholarship
Posted: July 20, 2017

Amanda Simonton, PhD/PMHNP student, has been awarded an American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Board of Directors Scholarship. This is a highly competitive national scholarship providing students with numerous networking and mentorship opportunities with leaders in psychiatric nursing. The scholarship provides registration, travel and lodging expenses to graduate and undergraduate students interested in psychiatric-mental health nursing for the association’s 31st Annual Conference, October 18–21, 2017, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, recipients receive a one-year complimentary membership in APNA.

Kelsey Mumford

Nursing student named Grassroots Student Ambassador
Posted: May 9, 2017

Kelsey Mumford, a sophomore in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at The University of Texas at Austin, was named a Grassroots Student Ambassador by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) during their 2017 Student Policy Summit.

Visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) website for more information.