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Student Awarded Scholarships

PhD student Lisa Concilio was awarded two scholarships to fund her dissertation: The 2019 Dr. Sandra L. Wise/Dr. Pamela Fuller Founder's Scholarship for $2000 and the Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Gamma Chapter Research Funding Scholarship for $1000. Congratulations Lisa!

2019 Distinguished Dissertation Award 

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Lanzillotta for her dissertation, "The Association of Prescription Opioid Exposure and Patient Factors with Prolonged Postoperative Opioid Use in Opioid Naïve Patients," under the guidance of her Committee Chair, Dr. Melissa Kalarchian.

Established in 2012, the School of Nursing Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes original scholarly work that makes a significant contribution to nursing. The review criteria included originality, innovativeness, scholarly excellence, methodological sophistication, significant contribution to the discipline, quality of writing, and the letters of support.

Dr. Lanzillotta will be nominated for the University's Distinguished Dissertation Awards, which consist of a cash prize and a recognition plaque.

Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Phi Chapter Annual Awards

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Graduate Student 2019 Research Award 

  • Mary Kovaleski, MSN,RN - "The Impact of a Music Intervention on the Incidence, Severity and Duration of Delirium in in Older Acute Care Patients"
  • Nathalie Confiac - "Mexican American Cultural Beliefs of Healthy and Unhealthy Weight in Children 2 to 11 years of Age"

General Member 2019 Research Award

Angele Karakachian MSN, RN - "Nurse's Moral Distress and Burnout when Caring for Victims of Child Abuse"

Students Present Resolution at NSNA

Photo of Deanna and HollyCongratulations to Deanna Webb and Holly Storm who presented their resolution "In Support of Increased Awareness of the importance of Early Mobilization in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Patients" at the NSNA convention and the resolution was passed!

Ten Student Posters Displayed at the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium

Photo of the School of Nursing Undergraduate Research Award winning poster

School of Nursing Undergraduate Research Award

"Assessing for Intimate Partner Violence - A Quality Improvement Pilot Project for Nurses"
Leanna Tobin, Millicent Micho, Morgan Smith

Faculty Advisor: Melanie Turk, PhD, RN

Photo of the Center for African Studies: Award for Undergraduate Research in Global Health winning poster

Center for African Studies: Award for Undergraduate Research in Global Health

"The Effects of Pictorial Hygiene Education among Adult Women in El Tamarindo, Dominican Republic"
Maggie Belcher, Alexa Boni

Nursing Faculty Advisor: Linda Garand, PhD
Additional Authors: Dr. Donna White, Dr. Linda Garand

Photo of the Biomedical Engineering: Duquesne Award for Excellence in Biomedical Engineering winning poster

Biomedical Engineering: Duquesne Award for Excellence in Biomedical Engineering

"SOLFARM"
Madelyn Hoying, Garett Craig, Nina Dorfner, Karli Sutton, Jordan Hoydick, Paige Aley, Sawyer Weitzel, Audrey Steen, Peyton Joiner, Erin Kuhn, Alexander Evans, Sophia Perez
A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration, School of Education, Rangos School of Health Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, School of Nursing, Biomedical Engineering Physics 

Faculty Advisor: Benjamin Goldschmidt, PhD

Photo of the Center for African Studies: Award for Undergraduate Research in African Studies winning poster

Center for African Studies: Award for Undergraduate Research in African Studies

"Effects of Fluoride on the Human Body in Tanzania"
Abbey Whitewood

Faculty Advisor: David Kahler, PhD
Additional Authors: Jessica Devido, PhD, CRNP

Photo of student poster

"A Literature Review of Female College Student Awareness of Chemical Exposures in Personal Care Products"
Jessica Chan
Nursing Faculty Advisor: Rosanna Henry, MSN, RN

Photo of student poster

"A Review of Cystic Fibrosis Animal Models and Vector Types"
Nicole Van Wagenen
Faculty Advisor: Kelley Baumgartel, PhD, RN

Photo of student poster

"Are e-cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement therapy products in increasing the chance of long-term cessation?"
Macy Zimmerman, Marlana Werderber
Nursing Faculty Advisor: Lichun Chia, PhD

Photo of student poster

"Conquering Caregiver Challenges of Daily Living - A Secondary Analysis"
Megan Mann, Morgan Gruender
Nursing Faculty Advisor: Pamela Spigelmyer, PhD, RN, CNS, CSN

Photo of student poster

"Cultural Impact on Quality of Life Following Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation: A Literature Review"
Jennifer Lim, Carrie Dahlmann
Nursing Faculty Advisor: Karen Jakub, PhD, RN

Photo of student poster

"History at Odds with Ambition and Progress: August Wilson's 'The Pittsburgh Cycle'"
Ashlyn Duda
Faculty Advisor: Erin Speese, PhD

Two Students Display Posters at the Graduate Student Research Symposium

The Graduate Student Research Symposium (GSRS) took place on Friday, March 15th. Open to Duquesne University graduate students from all disciplines, the GSRS allows students the opportunity to gain valuable experience presenting research, receive a mark of distinction for their CVs, practice for job interviews and/or future national conferences, and interact with peers and faculty from various disciplines.

The School of Nursing sponsors an award for the event. There were two excellent posters representing nursing and the winner was Lois Rajcan's poster.

"Oncology Patient Trust in the Nurse: An Integrative Review"
Lois Rajcan, MSN, RN, CRNI
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joan Such Lockhart

Photo of Lois Rajcan and her poster

The second poster was:

"The Feasibility of a Mini-Study Using Ethnonursing Methodology to Understand the Experiences, Values, and Beliefs of Spanish Speaking Parents Whose Children are Hospitalized"
Jennifer Stephen, MSN, RN, CPN
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rick Zoucha

Photo of Jennifer Stephen and her poster

Student Poster Accepted for National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Congratulations to undergraduate students Macy Zimmerman and Marlana Werderber for having their poster titled "Are e-cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement therapy products in increasing the chance of long-term cessation?" accepted for this national conference! Their poster was chosen from more than 4,000 submissions. Their faculty advisor is Dr. Rebecca Chia.

PhD Student Appointment

Congratulations to PhD student, Deborah Artman, who has been selected to served on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' Advisory Committee on Childhood Immunizations as the Eastern District Representative for Missouri.