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Graduate Record 2015-2016 
Graduate Record 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

School of Graduate Nursing: Awards, Honors, Scholarships, and Financial Information

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Fellowships A number of small grants, including duPont and Virginia State Fellowships, are available to full-time graduate students of outstanding merit in the School of Nursing. To apply for these grants, a student must complete the School of Nursing Graduate Support and Assistantship Application and be enrolled as a full-time student.

Financial Aid General information regarding financial aid for all students is provided in the Financial Aid section of this Record. In addition, there are some sources of financial aid specifically designated for students in the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services provides assistance to students needing financial aid. Graduate students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits per semester) to be eligible for financial aid.

Graduate teaching assistantships are available for full-time doctoral and master’s students. These assistantships involve working directly with faculty in teaching, research, or service activities. Assignments involve 10 to 20 hours per week of work. To apply for graduate assistant employment, students should complete the School of Nursing Graduate Support and Assistantship Application.

National Research Service Awards (Predoctoral) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors a national program of individual predoctoral and postdoctoral nurse fellowships. The intent of the awards program is “to prepare biomedical, behavioral, and nurse scientists who will address continuing problems in health-related research of importance to the public.” The student’s qualifications, the advisor’s credentials, and the merit of the proposed area of research are the primary criteria upon which awards are based.

The Barbara Brodie Scholars Endowment was established in 1988 by the many friends and former students of Barbara Brodie as a permanent tribute to an outstanding teacher, mentor, and friend. The guidelines for the award are:

  1. Minimum 3.5 GPA in the PhD in Nursing program.
  2. Full time student at the time of application.
  3. Defended/approved dissertation proposal related to the humanities or social sciences.
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Application forms are available in the Office of Admissions and Student Services and are due by January 30. A review committee from the Ph.D. program faculty will select the recipient.

The Phyllis J. Vehronic Dissertation Award is given annually to a graduating Ph.D. nursing student whose dissertation is selected as most meritorious. Dissertations are judged by a faculty committee based on the following criteria: The significance of the research problem, the adequacy of the literature review, the appropriateness of the methodology, as well as the clarity of the presentation of findings, the writing style and the significance of the dissertation to the contribution of nursing knowledge.

Dissertations (or drafts) are submitted to the Director of the Ph.D. Program by February 1. The dissertation is reviewed by a committee of PhD faculty and students are notified in writing regarding the outcome.

The Outstanding DNP Capstone Award is given annually to a graduating DNP student whose capstone project is selected as the most outstanding by the faculty. Descriptions of the Capstone projects are due by March 1 to a selection committee who will review the submissions.

The Outstanding CNL Capstone Award is given annually to a graduating CNL student or students whose capstone project is selected as the most outstanding by the faculty.