Research, Travel, and Membership Grants

  

Overview of Chapter Grants

Rho Chapter provides funds to support chapter members' scholarly projects
(Research & Evidence-Based Projects Grant), presentations of scholarly work at conferences (Conference Attendance Grant), and membership dues for long-term senior members (Honored Elders Membership Grant) and international members (Ketefian Fund).

See below for more information about each grant:
 

Research and Evidence-Based Projects Grant

The primary goal of the Research and Evidence-Based Project Funding Committee of Sigma Theta Tau is to support members' scholarly work.

Allocation of funds is based on the quality of the proposed project, evaluated according to the outline for Research Project of Evidence-Based Project listed below. The amount of the award will be determined by the funds available to the Committee, with a maximum award of $1,000. Awards will be presented at the Rho Chapter Induction and Awards Ceremony.
 

Criteria

Applicants for awards must:
  1. Be a Sigma Theta Tau member; in the case of teams, at least one participant of the team needs to be a member of Sigma Theta Tau and each Sigma Theta Tau member wishing acknowledgment of the award should attach a separate application to the team's proposal
  2. Have a well-defined project pertinent to nursing
 Applicants must fill out an application form and submit 3 copies of their project intention, postmarked or emailed no later than September 30 for consideration for a Fall award and postmarked no later than January 31 for a Spring award. Special calls will have their own due date. Submit applications to:
Jane Anderson
1906 Weldon Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
 
Upon completion of the project, funding recipients must submit a brief report which includes a summary of results and implications for nursing practice. If the project is not completed one year following acceptance of the award, the recipient must submit an interim report of their activities.
 

Outline for Preparation of Grant Proposals

Grant proposals should be typed and no longer than five (5) pages. Applicants should submit three (3) copies of their proposal, using the appropriate outline below. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously; please do not include identifying information about the project team in the proposal outline. When preparing budgets, only include expenses for conducting the project. Expenses associated with academic requirements (e.g., thesis copies, binding) will not be funded.
 

Research Project Proposals

  1. Specific Aims: state concisely and realistically what the project is intended to accomplish, and/or what research questions are to be addressed and/or what hypotheses are to be tested
  2. Background: briefly review the literature which substantiates the specific aims of the project
  3. Methods: describe the procedure to be used to accomplish the specific aims; include a description of and the rationale for special equipment and/or instruments to be used; if a survey questionnaire or interview is to be used, attach a copy of the instrument to the proposal
  4. Human or Animal Subjects: provide evidence of approval from the appropriate agency review committee for use of test subjects
  5. Significance: identify gaps which the project is intended to fill; make clear the nursing implications of the project; state the importance of the project by relating specific aims to longer-term objectives
  6. Budget: submit an outline of the actual or projected costs for the entire project
 

Evidence-Based Project Proposals

  1. Specific Aims and Significance: state what the project is intended to accomplish, what clinical questions are to be addressed and why they are important
  2. Evidence Synthesis: briefly summarize the current research evidence and describe how this evidence supports a specific practice change
  3. Implementation: describe the specific practice change, how it will be carried out, and how project outcomes will be evaluated. Include a timeline for implementation and copies of measurement tools to be used in evaluation
  4. Budget: submit an outline of the actual or projected costs for the entire project 

See Past Winners

2013
Jesus (Jessie) M. Casida, PhD, RN, APN-C, CCRN-CSC
Topic: Psychometric Evaluation of LVAD Patient and Caregiver Self-Efficacy and Adherence Scales
 
2012
Michelle Munro, MS, CNM, FNP-BC, PhD Candidate, RN
Topic: To B or not to B? Plan B and Post-Assault Comprehensive Care
Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, PhD, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA
Topic: Cognitive dysfunction in elders hospitalized for acute heart failure
 
2010
Yun-Ping Lin, PhD, RN
Topic: Work Environment and psychosocial factors affecting physical activity among Taiwanese information technology workers
Mary Chappel, MS, RN
Topic: The relationship between health literacy and cognitive ability in older adults
Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, NP, PMHCNS-BC
Topic: Alcoholics Anonymous: Attendance, Affiliation and Drinking Outcomes in a Polish Treatment Sample
 
2008
Jeffrey Adams, PhD, RN, Debra Denham, PhD, RN and Tanya Osborne-McKenzie, BSN, RN
Topic: Evaluation of Message Articulation During Shift to Shift Hand-Over:
Validating the World Health Organization's "Communication During Patient Hand-Over" Framework
Chin Hwa (Gina) Yi, PhD, FNP-C, RN
Topic: African American Women & Prenatal Care: Effect of Client-Provider Interaction
 
2007
Jennifer Wayment Allen, MS, APRN-BC
Topic: The Lived Experience of Women with NYHA Class III Heart Failure: A Phenomenological Study
Soohyun Park, PhD, RN
Topic: Effect of Preferred Music on Agitation after Traumatic Brain Injury
Christine Robertson
Topic: Assessing Nurses’ Knowledge of Patient's Depression Post Myocardial Infarction
Sharon L. Smith, PhD, RN
Topic: The Transition of Chief Nurse Executives into Chief Executive Officer Roles
 
2004
Nah-Mee Shin, PhD candidate, MSN, RN
Topic: Effects of Resilient coping capacity on Depression in patients with Acute Coronary Events (ERDACE)
 
2003
Veronica Pollack, MS, RN
Topic: Parent's Impressions of Trust in Parent/Provider Relationships
 
2002
Wendy Looman, MS, RN
Topic: Measuring Social Capital in families of Children with Chronic Conditions: Instrument Development and Testing
Sharon L. Dormire, PhD, RN
Topic: The Role of Glucose in Menopausal Hot Flashes
Barbara Kupferschmid. PhD candidate, RN
Topic: Cognitive and Behavioral Responses to Acute Activation of the Immune System
 
2001
Elizabeth Beattie, PhD, RN
Topic: Functional Eating Behavior in Ambulatory Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: the Role of Level of Cognitive Impairment, Agitation and Table Leaving
Colleen Corte, MS, RN
Topic: Content and Structure of the Self-Concept in Antisocial Alcohol Abuse, Dependence, and Recovery
Bonnie L. Metzger, PhD, RN, FAAN
Topic: Characteristics of the Startle Response in People with Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type: A Pilot Study
Terri Voepel-Lewis, MS, RN
Topic: Reliability and Validity of the FLACC Behavioral Pain Scale as a measure of Postoperative Pain in Cognitively Impaired Children
 
2000
Surintorn Kalamoakorn
Topic: Stages of Construction Workers' Use of Hearing Protection.
 
1999
Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren
Topic: The triaging of men and women for coronary artery disease: Knowledge, experience, or bias.
Sonia Duffy
Topic: The effect of smoking, alcohol consumption, and depression on the quality of life of head and neck cancer patients.
Paula Ross-Durow
Topic: Factors which predict psychological functioning in women raped by strangers.
Deborah Walker
Topic: Nurse-midwives attitudes and use of reduced frequency prenatal visit schedules.
 
1998
Deborah Vincent, PhD, RN
Topic: A cost analysis of two academic-based nursing centers.
Terri Voepel-Lewis, MS, RN, Shobha Malviya, MD, & Alan R. Tait, PhD
Topic: Relationship between temperament and post anesthesia recovery in children.
Shelia Crowley, PhD, RN, AOCN
Topic: The Effect of a Structured Exercise Program on Fatigue, Strength, Endurance, Physical Self-Efficacy, and Functional Wellness in Women with Early Stage Breast Cancer

Conference Attendance Grant

This award is intended for Rho Chapter members to support presentations of professional work at educational and scholarly conferences. The award may be used to support transportation, conference registration fee, and cost of hotel or meals at a nursing conference, sponsored by a national nursing organization or one of its chapters. The total chapter funds available annually for these scholarships are $2000. A member may receive no more than $500 annually.
 

Criteria:

  • Be a Rho Chapter member for at least one year
  • Until the 4th quarter of a fiscal year, a person who received funds the previous fiscal year is ineligible
  • Funds must be used to support attendance at a nursing conference
    where member is presenting scholarly work related to members’ nursing
    practice.
 

Process:

1. Applicants must complete and submit the Conference Attendance Scholarship request form (see link below)

2. The Rho Chapter Executive Board (President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Faculty Counselor) will review applications at the next regular Board meeting. The Board may choose to review and approve applications by email at the Board's discretion.

3. Three Executive Board members (simple majority) must approve each application.

4. To obtain reimbursement, the member must send proof of attendance and a one paragraph summary of the scholarly presentation to the Rho/Treasurer. The summary may be published in the Chapter newsletter.

5. The Treasurer will send a check for reimbursable expenses after applicant submits proof of conference attendance.

6. The treasurer will track funds disbursed in order to avoid exceeding total annual limit for Scholarship funds.

Honored Elders Membership Grant

This award is intended for long-time members of Rho Chapter over 70 years of age who wish to maintain their chapter affiliation. Rho Chapter recognizes that membership dues may be a financial burden for some retired members; this award is intended to assist them to continue active membership.
 

Criteria:

Applicants for grants must:
  • Be STTI Rho chapter members for at least 10 years
  • Be at least 70 years of age
  • Have retired from nursing and no longer working Full Time
  • Submit a request for Rho Chapter assistance annually
 

Process:

1. Applicants must submit their request by August 31 each year to Rho
Chapter Faculty Counselor.

2. Rho Chapter Faculty Counselor will review requests in September.

3. Applicants will be notified of approval by September 30. Faculty
Counselor will send names of recipients to Rho Treasurer who will process
dues payment.

4. Rho Chapter support staff will contact award recipients annually
by August 1 to renew request for assistance.

The Ketefian Fund

The Ketefian Fund pays membership dues in STTI Rho Chapter for U of M School of Nursing international scholars and graduate students from middle- and low-income countries. This support was established through the generous donation of Dr. Shaké Ketefian, Professor Emerita and former director of the Office of International Affairs at the School of Nursing. To learn which countries qualify, visit this link and scroll to the bottom of the page:

Rho Chapter welcomes all inquiries from international scholars and graduate students from these countries. Please contact the Rho Chapter Faculty Counselor for information about the membership application process.