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Beyond a traditional PhD

Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation

Meet our prestigious Hillman scholars

Hillman Scholars and faculty at the 2016 Annual Meeting

Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation

Undergraduate students selected as Hillman Scholars Program begin their research path while in the BSN program. After finishing BSN requirements, the Scholars then complete their PhD program in three years. By starting the research path early, students can participate in and lead research earlier in their careers, leading to a longer research trajectory and eventually, a greater impact on patients.

“At the end of the day we're looking for more than just a top ranked nursing school. We were seeking an institution willing to take risks, willing to rethink and expand on traditional notions of a nursing PhD,” said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation. “With a highly skilled and interdisciplinary faculty and a culture of inquiry committed to linking research with real-world solutions, we expect the University of Michigan, along with our other Hillman partners, to lead the way in shaping a new generation of nurse leaders."

Research and innovation are hallmarks of the Hillman Foundation. The foundation focuses on creating doctoral nurse leaders who are prepared to apply science at the forefront of health care. Hillman scholars strive for research that can affect important changes in policy. 

Leadership

Director of the Hillman Scholars Program at UMSN: Patricia Abbott, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, pabbott@umich.edu

 

Hillman News and Notes

2016 Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation Annual Meeting

Hillman Scholars and faculty from UMSN and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing traveled to the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill for the 2016 Annual Meeting: The Many Facets of Leadership: Research, Practice, Policy and Innovation.
 
The three-day meeting included opportunities for the scholars to discuss their work and potential research collaborations. In addition, they attended presentations and panel discussions on topics including leadership, entrepreneurship, diversity, and interdisciplinary collaboration. 
 

Achievements of Hillman Scholars, 2015-2016

Publications

  • Hillman Scholars authored or co-authored 12 publications. In addition, 11 publications are in preparation or in press.

Grants and Fellowships

  • Kristen Choi received a National Research Service Award from National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for “Service use typologies among trauma-exposed children: The roles of PTSD and dissociation."
  • Jordan Harrison and Kristen Choi received Rackham Graduate Student Research Grants. Choi also received a Rackham Conference Travel Grant.
  • Two Scholars received the Wallenberg Summer Travel Fellowship. In 2015, Katherine Finn partnered with the Global Health Uganda Computerized Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CCRT) team to determine the effectiveness of CCRT on child survivors of severe malaria. In 2016, John Shaver will work on a research project in Namibia focused on HIV-affected LGBTQ populations.

Presentations

  • Scholars presented posters at a number of conferences including: American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, Human Trafficking and Social Justice Annual Conference, Population Association of America Annual Conference, Conference on Adolescent Health, Heart Failure Society of America Annual Conference, and the Ethiopia-Michigan Collaborative Consortium.
  • Scholars presented 14 posters and three papers at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference and 20 posters at UMSN’s Annual Research Day where scholars Alex J. Fauer and Kathryn Abramoski won first and second prizes, respectively.
  • Scholar Kristen Choi was invited to present to three groups (University of Michigan Law School, UMSN Systematic Reviews course, University of Michigan Global Scholars Program) and was an invited panelist for a discussion on interdisciplinary collaboration at the UMSN Symposium on Global Health: 125 Years of Research and Impact.

Honors and Awards

  • Six Scholars were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Rho Chapter, joining six Scholars inducted in previous years. 

Leadership

  • Scholars serve on a range of committees and groups, including: Sigma Theta Tau International Rho Chapter Governance Committee; Nursing Network on Violence Against Women Policy Committee; UMSN Committee on Academic, Admissions and Scholastic Standing; Oncology Nursing Society Advancing Nursing Research Special Interest Group; UMSN’s Diversity Committee; Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for Health Intervention Development at the University of Michigan SexLab; the PhD Advisory Committee; and the Wallenberg Application Committee.
  • Kristen Choi serves as a reviewer for Trauma, Violence and Abuse and Women’s Health International. She is part of a U-M effort to establish a clinic to provide comprehensive services for survivors of human trafficking as part of the Ethiopa-Michigan Platform for Advancing Collaborative Engagement (EM-PACE). 
 

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