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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.



Kelsey MumfordUndergraduate student wins second place in Research Showdown
Posted: Nov. 30, 2018

Senior nursing student Kelsey Mumford finished in second place in the 2018 Texas Student Research Showdown. The competition is organized by the Office of Undergraduate Research at The University of Texas and gives students a chance to show off their science story chops.

Students compete with two-minute videos that translate their scholarship in ways that anyone can understand. A panel of faculty judges scores the videos on how well they capture an audience’s attention, how well they tell a narrative about the work, whether the methods suggest rigorous scholarly or creative activity and how well the student targets a general, rather than expert, audience. Of the 27 submissions, four undergraduate researchers were selected as winners. The judges’ top videos received awards of $2,500, $1,000, and $500, generously funded by a gift from Kimberly and Scott Martin.

DNP student named policy fellow
Posted: Oct. 26, 2018

Emily Carder, a School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice student, was chosen to be a Texas Nurses Association DNP policy fellow for 2018–2019. This program is offered to motivated DNP students who wish to work on nursing education and policy development throughout their DNP coursework.

Organization provides scholarships to two School of Nursing students
Posted: Aug. 6, 2018

UT Austin School of Nursing students Megan Berard and LaTashia Kiel received scholarships from the Ambassadors for Community Health – Auxiliary at St. David’s Medical Center (formerly known as St. David’s Medical Center Healthcare Volunteers). A total of $122,000 in scholarships, funded by proceeds from the non-profit Atrium Gift Shop at St. David’s Medical Center in Central Austin, was awarded to 20 university students.

St. David’s Medical Center, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.

Carolyn PhillipsDoctoral student receives scholarship from the American Cancer Society
Posted: June 20, 2018

Carolyn Phillips, MSN, RN, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, was selected to join an elite company of health and research professionals to receive a $30,000 Doctoral Scholarship from the American Cancer Society (ACS). This award resulted from a very rigorous review process intended to fund only the best proposals and the most qualified individuals. Carolyn was also selected to participate in the National Academy of Medicine’s Expressions of Clinician Well-Being nationwide art project. Her story and song, “Song for My Soul” co-written with Kristin Davidson, was featured in the group’s pop-up gallery in Washington D.C. Carolyn’s artwork and one other produced by her non-profit organization, Songs for the Soul, will also be displayed in the permanent online gallery. The National Academy of Medicine  art exhibition collected insights from around the country on clinician burnout and well-being  — a focus of the NAM’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience (Action Collaborative).

Kimberly LewisStudent will present poster at prestigious international conference
Posted: April 19, 2018

Kimberly Lewis, a student in the AE-PhD program, was selected to present a poster at the Sigma Theta Tau 29th International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia, July 19-23, 2018. She also received a $1,000 Edith Anderson Leadership Education Grant from the Sigma Foundation to help support any expenses associated with presenting and travel.

Visit Sigma website for more information.

Carolyn PhillipsDoctoral student receives the Nurse of the Year Award
Posted: Jan. 17, 2018

Carolyn Phillips, BSN, MSN, RN and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, recently received the Nurse of the Year Award from the Central Texas Oncology Nursing Society, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of a member who gives extemporary care to oncology patients that goes over and beyond the call of duty. She has worked as an oncology nurse and nurse practitioner for over 15 years and is a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at the UT Austin School of Nursing.

Ya-Ching HuangDoctoral student receives awards and financial support
Posted: Jan. 11, 2018

Ya-Ching Huang, MSN, RN, and School of Nursing doctoral student, won first place in the Public Health Nursing Section student poster competition at the American Public Health Association annual conference. The poster was titled Access to Diabetes Care for Patients at a FQHC System in Central Texas (PDF). Ya-Ching also received the Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award for Mental Health Dissertation Research, which is available to eligible doctoral candidates at UT Austin. The award is given annually by the Hogg Foundation. Awardees receive a $1,500 scholarship to help cover research-related expenses. Huang's research proposal is titled “The Impact of Illness Perception, Diabetes Management Self-Efficacy, and Mental Distress on Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management among Chinese Americans.” Read Huang's interview How Cultural Perception Affects Diabetes Management, which was published on the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health website.

Pamela RectoDoctoral student receives a Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award
Posted: Jan. 11, 2018

Pamela Recto, a doctoral student at the School of Nursing, recently received a Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award for Mental Health Dissertation Research. The award is given by the Hogg Foundation to eligible doctoral candidates at The University of Texas at Austin. Awardees receive a $1,500 scholarship to help cover research-related expenses. Pamela’s research proposal is titled “Mental Health Literacy of Mexican-American Adolescents: Examining their Knowledge and Attitudes about Perinatal Depression.” In addition, Pamela is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. Read Recto's interview The “Double Stigma” Faced by Adolescent Mothers with Depression, which was published on the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health website.