Doctoral Student Organization (DSO)

About Us

‌The DSO of the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing supports doctoral students by encouraging them to engage in professional and social endeavors that will enhance educational experiences and promote leadership and organizational skills.

Mission & Vision

The mission of DSO is to support and enhance the learning, knowledge, and professional development of fellow students who are committed to making a difference in health care.

The vision of the DSO is to create a rich and vibrant community of doctoral students who lead in using evidence based practice and scholarship. The DSO is a collaborative community that fosters the development of constituents through its values of questioning, creating, changing, learning, teaching, answering, educating, researching, and caring.

Executive Board

‌President: Katie Gresia McElroy
Third year PhD candidate
Area of Research or Expertise: Microbes in Birth Canal during Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum
  Co-President: Renee Franquiz, MSN, RN
First year DNP candidate
Area of Research or Expertise:
  • Transition to practice from academic settings for newly licensed RNs
  • Effectiveness/Outcomes of Nurse Residency Programs
Vice President: Lauren Bentley
Second year PhD Candidate
Area of Research or Expertise: Pediatric Obesity in Baltimore City
  Secretary: Lori Harvin
Ways and Means Chair: Hee Jun Kim
Second year PhD candidate
Area of Research or Expertise: Ethnic differences in pain sensitivity and related factors, including depressive symptoms
  PhD Curriculum Representative: Valerie Dernetz
  DNP Curriculum Representative: Sharon Boswell
  Communications Officer: Seon Yoon Chung
  GSA Representative: Wen Liu
PhD Faculty Advisor: Mary Regan



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