Student Research Opportunities

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Move Your Nursing Career PhorwarD

Are you interested in research but don’t know how to get started? We can help you move PhorwarD!

What is RN PhorwarD?

RN PhorwarD provides opportunities for you to learn more about nursing research and explore whether a PhD degree is right for you.

You'll have the opportunity to work with a faculty researcher to explore a particular research area, learn research skills, participate in professional meetings, and even collaborate on posters or publications. RN PhorwarD participants are mentored by experienced researchers.

Research topics are diverse and include:

  • healthy aging
  • chronic pain and symptom management
  • health systems outcomes
  • palliative and end-of-life care
  • biological and psychosocial health
  • substance abuse
  • maternal and neonatal outcomes
  • cellular and genetic disease mechanisms

Who can take advantage of this opportunity?

As long as you're an UMSON student in good academic standing, you can explore your research interests and apply for a mentored research experience. The chart below explains how you can fit a research experience into your plan of study.

Program Plan of Study
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) elective
senior practicum (NURS 429)
RN-to-BSN elective
MS elective
practicum hours
RN-to-MS elective
practicum hours
Clinical Nurse Leader master’s option elective*
CNL practicum (NURS 523)
Doctor of Nursing Practice elective*
practicum hours

*may require additional credits

Interested? Contact us.

Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for the PhD Program
Phone: 410.706.0520
johantgen@umaryland.edu


RN PhorwarD profile headshot"‌In 2013, I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). Soon after, faculty from the PhD program identified me as having the aptitude for abstract thinking and critical analysis necessary for research and encouraged me to consider a PhD to expand my practice as a nurse. Concurrently, I found fulfillment working clinically in the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Adult Emergency Department, but I was intrigued by the possibility that perhaps there was more that could be done to promote patient health and outcomes.

In 2014, I was admitted to UMSON’s first class of its BSN-to-PhD program. My experience thus far has challenged me in many ways but has not failed in being a rewarding journey." Alisha Hackney


This program was developed with the assistance of a Nurse Support Program II grant administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and funded through the Health Services Cost Review Commission.

Opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, and no official endorsement should be inferred.