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

 Jessica Milone

Secretary: Jessica Milone

First year DNP student

Area of Research or Expertise: Psychiatric Nursing

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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