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

  • Palmer Legare (May 2020)
  • Jasmine Omoyemen Okosun (Dec 2019)
  • 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

  • Mikayla Forbes (May 2020)
  • Madeline Rose Doll (Dec 2019)
  • Marie C. Carle (Dec 2019)
  • 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

  • Erin Minick (May 2020)
  • Jennifer A. Cueller (Dec 2019)
  • 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

  • Keely Hollyfield (May 2020)
  • Yunie Pak (May 2020)
  • Janat Bashir (Dec 2019)
  • Dana Claire Bulik (Dec 2019)
  • 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

  • Chika Okusogu (May 2020)
  • Marissa Punturiero (May 2020)
  • Sarah Tegan Kwon (Dec 2019)
  • Denise J. Levy (Dec 2019)
  • 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

  • Kawana Cohen-Hopkins (May 2020)
  • Andrea Peters (May 2020)
  • Tracy Gayle Jennings (Dec 2019)
  • Michelle K. Kovacs (Dec 2019)
  • 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

  • Rebecca Meyerson (May 2020)
  • Niki Casseri Papageorgopoulos (Dec 2019)
  • 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

  • Caroline Dushel (May 2020)
  • Emily Erin Yates (Dec 2019)
  • 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 Health Services Leadership and Management Award
presented to recognize and honor a graduating HSLM student who has demonstrated the highest standard of leadership, compassion, and professionalism during his/her tenure at UMSON

  • Phillipa Morse (May 2020)
  • Emily Shugars (Dec 2019)

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

  • Emilyn Bauer-Burns (May 2020)
  • Elizabeth Horti (Dec 2019)
  • Mattison Elise Chayhitz (May 2019)
  • Lauren Kimberly Meadowcroft (Dec 2018)

Excellence in Nursing Informatics
presented to an outstanding nursing informatics graduate

  • Michaella Afful (May 2020)
  • 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

  • Rachel Hodge (May 2020)
  • 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

  • Natalie Babola (May 2020)
  • 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

  • Claire Regan (May 2020)
  • 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

  • Carolyn Greely (May 2020)
  • Denisha L. Cuffee (May 2019)

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

  • Keiara Williams (May 2020)
  • 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

  • Xuan Hahn Lam (May 2020)
  • Lindsay Rae Simler (May 2019)

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

  • Krystal Gue (May 2020)
  • Morgan Stankiewicz (May 2020)
  • 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

  • Richard Paul Conley Jr. (May 2020)
  • 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

  • Jyoti Rimal (May 2020)
  • Ciara Smith (May 2020)
  • 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

  • HyoJin Son (May 2020)
  • Myeung Hee Han (Dec 2019)
  • 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

  • HyoJin Son (May 2020)
  • Meredid Soto Caves (Dec 2019)
  • Hamzah Mohammad Alghzawi (May 2019)
  • Paul Anthony Thurman (Dec 2018)