Student Awards and Scholarships
Posted: Oct. 2, 2012
The School of Nursing is proud of all its students, but now and again some of them are recognized beyond these hallowed halls for their intelligence, diligence and dedication. During 2012, the following six students garnered some of the most prestigious awards available to students in any discipline.
Kate Bell, RN
Kate Bell received a fellowship from the Archer Graduate Program in Public Policy, which allowed her to participate in an internship at the Oncology Nursing Society’s legislation and advocacy office in Washington, D.C. There she worked with other professionals to influence health-care agencies and political systems to implement changes in the health care delivered to oncology patients. She is pursuing a master’s degree at the School of Nursing as a clinical nurse specialist with an emphasis on adult oncology nursing.
Eduardo Chavex, RN, BSN (’08), MSN (’12)
Eduardo Chavex was named a Nurse Leader Scholar by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. Chavez received a Master of Science in Nursing Administration in May 2012 and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. His research focuses on leadership characteristics and behaviors of bedside nurses.
Hsiu-Rong Cheng, RN
Hsiu-Rong Cheng received the Harrington Dissertation Fellowship, which is a one-year award for graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin who are candidates for a doctoral degree. She is currently researching postpartum weight retention in Taiwanese women. Cheng will present her research results in the coming academic year and is on track to graduate from the PhD program in 2013.
Masood Iqbal, RN, CNS
Masood Iqbal is the first graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin to be awarded the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Oncology Fellowship, a paid yearlong fellowship designed to give advanced practice nurses experience in all aspects of oncology care. Fellows also select and pursue an oncology specialty area for clinical focus and practice.
Rhonda Nembhard, RN
Rhonda Nembhard received a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, which will allow her to travel to Spain and study at the University of Malaga from July 2012 to June 2013. Nembhard is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in public health.
Janiece Walker, RN, MSN (’09)
Janiece Walker was named a John A. Hartford Foundation Patricia G. Archbold Scholar.
The two-year $100,000 scholarship is funded by a grant to the Gerontological Society of America by the John A. Hartford Foundation and will allow Walker to continue her doctoral studies with her mentor Dr. Tracie Harrison. Walker’s research focuses on geriatric nursing, specifically in the area of minorities aging with disabilities.