KUDOS!

A round-up of honors, awards and other exciting professional news about students, faculty and staff

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October 2020

FACULTY
Associate professor of epidemiology Kamal Eldeirawi, PhD, RN, received the Muslims Making Change: National Honors award during a virtual celebration organized by national civil rights organization Muslim Advocates. Eldeirawi was recognized as a National Honoree for Covid Response.

September 2020

STUDENT
Second-year PhD student Asha Solomon is a winner in the Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Virtual Poster Competition, sponsored by the University of Illinois Cancer Center. Her poster is, “Engaging multi-sector stakeholders to enhance support for young breast cancer survivors: Results of a virtual participatory design workshop.” Her advisor is Ardith Doorenbos.

FACULTY
Assistant professor Em Rabelais, PhD, RN, has received, along with their co-organizing colleagues, the 2020 Global Hero Award from GLMA Nursing: Nurses Advancing LGBTQ Health Equality.

FACULTY
UIC Nursing clinical professor emerita Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS, RN, NCSN, PHNA-BC, FNASN, FASHA, FAAN, has been named the executive editor of the Journal of School Nursing.

August 2020

STUDENT
PhD student Hagar Hallihan was awarded an NIH/NIAAA T32 Alcohol Research Training in Epigenetics and Pathophysiology (ARTEP) predoctoral fellowship.

STUDENT
PhD student Hyungkyung Kim received a 2020 Laurette Kirstein Scholarship for UIC International Students from the UIC Office of International Services.

July 2020

STUDENTS
PhD student Nanyombi Lubimbi was selected for a 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Rwanda. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States, and Nanyombi will represent the country as a cultural ambassador while she overseas, helps to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Rwanda.

STUDENTS
DNP student Katrina Ferracane has been designated a 2020 Student Scholar by the Board of Directors of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

STUDENTS
PhD student Youngkwan Song was selected as one of 12 recipients of the 2020 NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Scholarship Award. Youngkwan will be recognized at the virtual NLN Education Summit in September.

June 2020

STUDENTS
PhD student Hagar Hallihan will receive the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship. The goal of DFI is to increase the number of minority full-time tenure track faculty and staff at Illinois’ two- and four-year, public and private colleges and universities.

FACULTY
Clinical associate professor Marsha Snyder was awarded the Education Award from the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.

FACULTY
Clinical instructor Megan Tress and retired prof Donna Calvin were honored among Crain’s 2020 Notable Health Care Heroes for their contributions in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

STUDENTS
PhD student Sabrina Jamal-Eddine has been awarded UIC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship. The award was established in 1985 to recognize underrepresented students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and have shown a commitment to civil rights and social justice through community service.

ALUMNI
Alum Priyoth Kittiteerasack, PhD ’20, has been selected to attend the Fogarty International Center Stigma Research Training Institute on the NIH campus, where he will have the opportunity to learn from stigma research experts and network with colleagues in the field.

May 2020

STUDENTS
PhD student Glorieuse Uwizeye has received the 2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. Award selection is based on evidence of superior performance in translating research into practice, performance in the PhD program, scholarly publications and/or presentations.

FACULTY
Assistant professor Sarah Abboud has been named the UIC Honors College 2019-2020 Fellow of the Year.

STUDENTS
The following students are 2020 recipients of the UIC Chancellor’s Student Service Award:

  • Victoria Crowley
  • Anna Galang
  • Kendall Hastings
  • Hyungkyung Kim
  • Katie Liu
  • Jennifer Neely
  • Nancy Vuong

STUDENT
Catherine Tran received a 2020 UIC Eugertha Bates Memorial Award, which honors “caring dedication, selfless commitment and a truly exceptional humanitarian contribution to the needs of others.”

STUDENT
Gianna Mae Tan has been recognized for her student leadership by being inducted into the UIC Activities Honorary Society.

FACULTY
Clinical associate professor Krista Jones, director of the UIC College of Nursing-Urbana Campus, was selected to participate in the 2020-2021 cohort of AACN’s Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing Program.

April 2020

STUDENT
PhD student Min Jung Kim will receive a grant from the Roybal Center for her project, Cognitive Function and Self-Management in Type 2 Diabetes.

STUDENT
Two UIC Nursing PhD students received the Award for Graduate Research from the UIC Graduate College. Hyungkyung Kim received an award for her project, The effect of maternal cognitive function on mother-infant interaction in the presence of postnatal depressive or anxiety symptoms, and Sungwon Park received an award for her project, Factors Influencing Adherence to Health Behaviors Recommended by Metabolic Syndrome Management Program.

FACULTY
Clinical associate professor Krista Jones, director at UIC Nursing-Urbana, was elected president of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators. She will serve two years as president-elect, two years as president and two years as past president.

FACULTY
Associate professor Patricia Hershberger received the MNRS 2020 Distinguished Service Award. The award was established to recognize a leader who demonstrates dedicated service and commitment to the Midwest Nursing Research Society and the field of nursing research.

FACULTY
Associate professor Kamal Eldeirawi received the Mid-Career Investigator Award from the Pediatric Research Interest Group at the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s annual conference.

March 2020

STUDENT
PhD student Youngkwan Song will receive a $25,000 UIC Chancellor’s Translational Research Initiative (CTRI) Award for a proposal entitled Development of Pressure-Indicating Film for Application to Medical Devices.

FACULTY
Clinical assistant professor and DNP program director Lauren Diegel-Vacek and adjunct clinical assistant professor Carolyn Dickens were named to the 2020 class of fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. They are the only two NPs in Illinois to be inducted this year.

STAFF
Erica Boyko, associate director of academic operations; Claire DeConte, office manager of the Quad Cities campus; Eric McMinoway, associate director of data analytics in the Dean’s Office; and Beverly Paulsey, administrative assistant in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Sciences received the Alvie Griffin Bailey Award, which was established in honor of Alvie Griffin Bailey who loyally served the College of Nursing for 21 years. The award recognizes dedication, efficiency, enthusiasm, sensitivity to peers, students, faculty and visitors, loyalty, sound judgment, friendly attitude, flexibility, and more.

FACULTY
Clinical professor Martha Bergren will receive the 2020 Penn State Shirley Novosel Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award. The annual award is presented by the Penn State Nursing Alumni Society to recognize an alumnus/alumna who exemplifies the spirit of nursing and the Penn State College of Nursing’s ideals and philosophy.

FACULTY
Clinical associate professor and Urbana Campus Director Krista Jones received a U.S. National Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Region Award to fund for a research project, entitled Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence Phase 3 (NExT3).

February 2020

STUDENT
PhD students Swaty Chapagai and Manassawee Srimoragot were awarded 2019-20 Chicago Consular Corps scholarships.

FACULTY
Adjunct faculty Eileen Moss and clinical professor Martha Bergren will receive The Journal of School Nursing/SAGE Publication Award at the National Association for School Nurse Conference for their publication, School Nurse Websites; What Do They Tell Us About School Nurses?

STUDENT
PhD student Glorieuse Uwizeye has been awarded a highly prestigious, three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Dartmouth Society of Fellows. She has successfully defended her dissertation and will begin her fellowship in September.

January 2020

STUDENT
PhD student Susan Kilroy was named a Seth and Denise Rosen awardee for a project entitled “Identifying Factors that Contribute to Health Care Professionals’ Perceptions of Collaborative Practice Behaviors, Interprofessional Teams and Enhanced Patient Care, after attending an Interprofessional American Heart Association (ACLS or PALS) Course. A Mixed Methods Explanatory Design.”

STUDENT
PhD student Preeyakamon Krikitrat was named a Seth and Denise Rosen awardee for a project entitled “Thai Fathers’ Self-Efficacy to Support Exclusive Breastfeeding.”

STUDENT
PhD student Min Jung Kim was named a Seth and Denise Rosen awardee for a project entitled “Relationships Between Executive Function and Self-Management Behaviors of Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes.”

STUDENT
PhD student Priyoth Kittiteerasack was named a Seth and Denise Rosen awardee for a project entitled “Suicidality in Thai LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Adults.”

STUDENT
PhD student Fatimah Abudayah was named a College of Nursing Doctoral Alumni Research awardee for a project entitled “African Americans with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: An insight to Health-Related Quality of Life and Frailty based on renal function.”

STUDENT
PhD student Elizabeth Rios was named a College of Nursing Doctoral Alumni Research awardee for a project entitled “Psychosocial factors that may influence the development of Type 2 diabetes among Mexican immigrant and Mexican-American women living in the United States.”

STUDENT
PhD student Youngkwan Song was named a College of Nursing Doctoral Alumni Research awardee for a project entitled “Development of a Clinical Assessment Rubric for Affective Domain Critical Competencies in New Graduate Nurses.”

FACULTY
Clinical assistant professor Karen Cotler was accepted into the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program for 2020-2021.

FACULTY
Associate Dean for Research Eileen Collins was named winner of the American Thoracic Society’s 2020 Elizabeth Rich Award.

December 2019

STUDENT
PhD student Youngkwan Song received an award for graduate research from the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Chicago for a project entitled “Preparing the Future Geriatric Homecare Workforce: Impact of an Enhanced Online Education Program on Learner Proficiency.”

November 2019

FACULTY
Assistant professor Gabriel Culbert was selected to receive Sigma Theta Tau’s Beverly McElmurry Award.

FACULTY
Clinical assistant professor Angela (Lepkowski) McPhillips was selected to receive Sigma Theta Tau’s Mary Kelly Mullane Award.

October 2019

FACULTY
Professor Phoenix Matthews received a distinguished alumni award from Muskingum University.

FACULTY
Clinical assistant professor Denise Bockwoldt has been invited to join the National Advisory Council of the National Health Service Corps, a council administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

FACULTY
An innovative mobile app to help users navigate the Alzheimer’s experience, developed by UIC Nursing clinical associate professor Valerie Gruss has received the American Academy of Nursing’s elite Edge Runner distinction.

STAFF
Charese Jackson
, assistant director for the Urban Health Program, has been named the inaugural recipient of the UIC College of Nursing Julie and Mark Zerwic Diversity Award.

September 2019

FACULTY
Clinical associate professor Valerie Gruss has been selected to receive the Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing award from the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

FACULTY
Associate professor Patricia E. Hershberger has been awarded the Every Woman, Every Baby research grant from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

STUDENT
PhD student Harrell Jordan received UIC Nursing’s 2019-20 Marguerite Dixon Award.

August 2019

FACULTY
Adjunct clinical instructor Eileen Moss has been chosen to receive the School Nurse Administrator of the Year Award from the Illinois Association of School Nurses.

FACULTY
Associate professor Julienne Rutherford has been asked to serve on the board of directors of Breastfeed Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education, resources, advocacy and policy supporting breastfeeding across Chicagoland.

July 2019

FACULTY
Dean Terri Weaver received the National Association of Hispanic Nurses President’s Award during the association’s Scholarships and Awards Gala July 19.

FACULTY
Nursing Collegiate Professor Shannon Zenk has been invited to chair the Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) Study Section at NIH starting July 1.

STAFF
Clare Delaney
, director of student services, has been selected for the University of Illinois System’s Academic Professional Leadership Program, a program that uses the knowledge of university staff, executives, academic theory and practical applications to foster an environment where leaders can emerge. Of 70 applicants from three U of I universities, only 20 individuals were selected for the 2019-20 cohort.

June 2019

FACULTY
Clinical assistant professors Robin Shannon and Cathy Yonkaitis received the 2019 Presidential Recognition Award from the National Organization of School Nurses for their efforts in editing the most recent edition of School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text. The textbook is know as the “Bible of school nursing.”

STUDENT
PhD student Youngkwan Song received the Arthur L. Davis Scholarship for Future Nurse Educators from the Illinois Nurses Foundation.

FACULTY
Associate professors Patricia Hershberger and Crystal Patil were inducted as fellows into the Institute of Medicine of Chicago in June.

May 2019

FACULTY
After a highly competitive selection process, Denise Bockwoldt, clinical assistant professor, was invited to join the interprofessional Improving Diagnosis Through Education Learning Collaborative (DxLC), which supports health sciences educators in their efforts to incorporate evidence-based strategies into curricula.

FACULTY
Carol Ferrans, professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science and Harriett H. Werley Endowed Chair in Nursing Research, received the 2019 UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Researcher award – an annual award established to recognize a UIC Nursing faculty member or alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to nursing science and research.

STUDENT 
PhD student Leah Burt has been selected to receive a grant from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners to support her dissertation research on self-explanation and diagnostic reasoning in NP students. Her dissertation chair is executive associate dean Susan Corbridge.

STUDENTS
DNP (FNP) students Minseung Chu and Jessica Gill were selected to present their DNP projects at the National LGBTQ Health Conference at Emory University, May 31-June 1.

April 2019

FACULTY
On April 6, clinical associate professor Gerry Gorman received the Spirit of Ignatius Award from the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. The award is presented annually to an alumna/us of the who best characterizes “Care of the Person.”

STUDENT
Annanda Batista received a prestigious University Fellowship from the UIC Graduate College.

STUDENTS
Five DNP students—Melissa Drish (FNP), Cheryl Ehrler (AGNP),  Carmen Mei (FNP),  Maggie Rooney (FNP) and Patricia Thomas (FNP)were selected to present their DNP projects at the National Evidence-Based Practice Conference at the University of Iowa on Apr. 17-18. Carmen also presented her project at the North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Conference in Chicago in November 2018.

FACULTY
On April 24, clinical associate professor Martha Dewey Bergren received the inaugural UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Mentor of Faculty Award.

FACULTY
Karen Cotler, clinical assistant professor, was named director of the Family Nurse Practitioner DNP program.

March 2019

FACULTY
On March 8, professor Em Rabelais received the Janet A. Deatrick Junior Faculty Research Award.

On March 8, professor Phoenix Matthews received the UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Researcher Award.

FACULTY, STUDENTS
Seven faculty, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students received funding awards from the college’s Alpha Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International in recognition of their research and evidence-based practice projects for academic year 2018-2019. They are:

  • Leah Burt
  • Kelsey Deegan
  • Susan Kilroy
  • Min Kyeng Jang
  • Ting-Ti Lin
  • Karyn Roberts
  • Youngkwan Song

STUDENT
PhD student Kelly Lankin received a grant from the Society of Pediatric Nurses for her dissertation study dissertation entitled, “Supporting families through the acute phase of the pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant experience: Perspectives from parents and nurses.” Kelly’s dissertation chair is associate professor Patricia Hershberger.

STUDENT
PhD student Glorieuse Uwizeye was awarded a prestigious Margaret McNamara Education Grant, which support women from developing countries “to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries.” Her advisor is associate professor Julienne Rutherford.

STUDENT
PhD student Katherine Maki received a grant from Sigma Theta Tau International for her proposal entitled, “Cardiovascular and gut microbiome response to sleep disruption in rats.” Her advisor is assistant professor Anne Fink.

February 2019

STAFF
Katie Corboy, director of special events, was awarded the 2019 Alvie Bailey Award, which is given yearly to a college staff member who exemplifies leadership, commitment, collaboration and excellence in their work.

December 2018


STUDENT
Kelly Lankin, PhD Student, received a grant from the Daisy Foundation for her dissertation entitled, “Supporting families through the acute phase of the pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant experience: Perspectives from parents and nurses.” Kelly’s dissertation chair is Patricia Hershberger.

FACULTY
Martha Bergren, clinical associate professor, Colleen Corte, professor and head of HSS, and Lorna Finnegan, executive associate dean, were all inducted into the Institute of Medicine of Chicago on Dec. 12.

November 2018


STUDENT
Katherine Maki has received a UIC Award for Graduate Research (formerly known as the Provost/Deiss Award) for her project, “Cardiovascular and gut microbiome consequences of sleep disruption in rats.” Her advisor is Anne Fink.

STUDENTS
Youngkwan Song and Glorieuse Uwizeye have each received a Provost’s Graduate Research Award.

  • Youngkwan’s project is titled, “Development of a clinical assessment tool for evaluation of critical competencies of new graduate nurses.” His advisor is Linda McCreary.
  • Glorieuse’s project is, “Health outcomes of exposure to extreme stress among Rwandan adults born of genocidal rape.” Her advisor is Julienne Rutherford.

STUDENT
Alysha Hart, PhD student, has received a dissertation grant from the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy for her proposal entitled, “Examining the experience of African-American surrogate decision-makers for patients with dementia at end of life.”

FACULTY
Holli DeVon, professor and head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, has been awarded the John Nuveen Center International Development Award for Faculty in support of her Rwanda work from the UIC Office of International Affairs.

STUDENTS
Youngkwan Song, PhD student, and Jessica Gill, DNP student, have each been awarded the Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship from the UIC Office of International Affairs.

October 2018


FACULTY
Shannon Zenk
, Nursing Collegiate Professor, was awarded the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research 2018 President’s Award for her application of “big data” in nursing and healthcare research. She received the award at FNINR’s “NightinGala” on Oct. 31 in Washington, DC.

September 2018

STAFF
Sue Littau, director of the Office of Research Facilitation, was selected as a recipient of the 2018 UIC Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award, presented to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to UIC and their communities. Littau has overseen the Office of Research Facilitation for 17 years. She will be honored at the UIC Employee Recognition Award Ceremony on Nov. 6.

STAFF
Dawn Carter
, director of administrative operations in the Department of Health Systems Science, is a recipient of the 2018 UIC Award of Merit. This award is a campuswide honor recognizing academic professional and civil service employees who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their work. She will be honored at the UIC Employee Recognition Award Ceremony on Nov. 6.

FACULTY
Valerie Gruss, clinical associate professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, received the 2018 “Excellence in Education” Award from the national organization Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA). The award recognizes an individual involved in the teaching and/or design of gerontological nurse practitioner curriculum or course content, which inspires advanced practice students to develop excellence in gerontology. Gruss was honored at an awards luncheon at the GAPNA National Conference on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.

FACULTY
Krista Jones, clinical associate professor and director of the college’s Urbana Campus, has been appointed to the 10-member Illinois Nursing Workforce Center Advisory Board. The INWC was established in 2006 as part of an overall strategy to produce more highly-skilled nursing professionals to meet healthcare needs in Illinois.