Graduate/Convocation Academic Awards

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Honorees

School of Nursing Alumni Association Award for Leadership
presented to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate who exhibited outstanding leadership in a student organization

  • Alexandra Marie Shepherd (May 2019)
  • Emily Anne Solomon (Dec 2018)

Edwin and L.M. Zimmerman Award
presented to Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates who consistently demonstrated an outstanding level of professional nursing practice in caring for patients

  • Rebecca Jamie Godfrey (May 2019)
  • Abbigail Nicole Winffel (May 2019)
  • Hannah Hope Goldberg (Dec 2018)
  • Onyinyechi Mavis Ozoji (Dec 2018)

Excellence in Neurological Nursing
presented by the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate who has exhibited outstanding proficiency in neurological nursing during the senior practicum course

  • Alyssa Marie Castellano (May 2019)

Flora Hoffman Tarun Memorial Award
presented to Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to the philosophy of the School through involvement in its activities

  • Ejemen M. Ihionkhan (May 2019)
  • Steven Francis Tourville (May 2019)
  • Elvis Amardi-Frimpong (Dec 2018)
  • Maureen Elizabeth Smith (Dec 2019)

Student Government Leadership Award
presented by the Student Government Association to graduates who have demonstrated leadership qualities that have benefited the School of Nursing community

  • Rhianna Allard Moyer (May 2019)
  • Alvin Francis Stewart (May 2019)
  • Emile V. Ghandour (Dec 2018)
  • Travis Nathaniel Tracy (Dec 2018)

Master of Science (MS or MSN) Honorees

Edwin and L.M. Zimmerman Award – Clinical Nurse Leader
presented to Clinical Nurse Leader graduates who consistently demonstrated an outstanding level of professional nursing practice in caring for patients

  • Corie Amanda Morton (May 2019)
  • Sydney Tackett (May 2019)
  • Bassey Etim-Edet (Dec 2018)
  • Michelle Anne Famulare (Dec 2018)

Excellence in Clinical Nurse Leader
presented to an outstanding Clinical Nurse Leader graduate

  • Jiayi Wu (May 2019)
  • Brett Kiser (Dec 2018)

Excellence in Community/Public Health Nursing
presented to an outstanding master’s graduate who exemplifies excellence, integrity, and leadership in community/public health nursing

  • Karen Lyons (May 2019)
  • Tracy Susan Roth (Dec 2018)
  • Excellence in Health Services Leadership and Management
  • Kathryn Elizabeth Naughton (May 2019)
  • Lindsey Colton Hammer (Dec 2018)

Excellence in Neurological Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader
presented by the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology to a clinical nurse leader graduate who has exhibited outstanding proficiency in neurological nursing during the practicum course

  • Mattison Elise Chayhitz (May 2019)
  • Lauren Kimberly Meadowcroft (Dec 2018)

Excellence in Nursing Informatics
presented to an outstanding nursing informatics graduate

  • Michael Vincent DiJulia (May 2019)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Honorees

School of Nursing Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate
presented to a Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate who demonstrates mastery of a specialty within nursing practice and whose capstone project has significant practice implications and lays the groundwork for future scholarship

  • Sandy Kathleen Mulholland (May 2019)

Excellence in Adult-Gerontology Acute Nursing
presented to an outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate of the Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency ANCP/CNS specialty

  • Brett S. Weir (May 2019)

Excellence in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing
presented to an outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty

  • Edwin O. Juma (May 2019)

Excellence in Family Nurse Practitioner
presented to an outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate of the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty who consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients across the lifespan

  • Denisha L. Cuffee (May 2019)

Excellence in Neonatal Nursing
presented to an outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty

  • Sarah Olsen Gallo (May 2019)

Excellence in Nurse Anesthesia
presented to an outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate of the Nurse Anesthesia specialty who maintained an outstanding GPA in the program and who possesses exceptional clinical and leadership skills

  • Lindsay Rae Simler (May 2019)

Excellence in Pediatric Nursing
presented to outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates of a pediatric nursing specialty

  • Lindsey Ott (May 2019)
  • Harsana Showunmi (May 2019)

Excellence in Post-Specialty Practice and Development
presented to an outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate of the Post-Master’s Option who demonstrates superior leadership

  • Tracy Thranhardt Douglas (May 2019)

Excellence in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
presented to an outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Family specialty

  • Tarleen Kaur Watson (May 2019)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Honorees

School of Nursing Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy Graduate
presented to the Doctor of Philosophy graduate who best exemplifies the integration of achievement in research, teaching, and service

  • Celeste Seger (May 2019)
  • Warda Amur Al Amri (Dec 2018)

Karen Soeken Excellence in Dissertation Award
presented to a Doctor of Philosophy graduate who demonstrated application of exceptional quantitative skills in the doctoral dissertation

  • Hamzah Mohammad Alghzawi (May 2019)
  • Paul Anthony Thurman (Dec 2018)