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

  • Jessica Blake Smith (Dec 2022)
  • Jessica Blake Smith (Dec 2021)
  • Max Joshua O'Sullivan (May 2022)
  • Christopher Thomas Windebank (May 2021)
  • Victoria Tyler Braudaway (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Emma Louise Flere (Dec 2022)
  • Christian J. Best (Dec 2022)
  • Christine Ho (May 2022)
  • Samantha Lilian Cantero (May 2022)
  • Emma Louise Flere (Dec 2021)
  • Christian J. Best (Dec 2021)
  • Kendel Marie Lee (May 2021)
  • Erin Patricia Balkam (May 2021)
  • Elizabeth Hope Campbell (Dec 2020)
  • Raeann Gayle Niebel (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Rachel Alyse Neal (Dec 2022)
  • Alyssa Jean Roskowinski (May 2022)
  • Rachel Alyse Neal (Dec 2021)
  • Kayla Scott (May 2021)
  • Hannah Rose Willis (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Ryen Eileen Dill (Dec 2022)
  • Alice That Mformen (Dec 2022)
  • Mansi Vinay Sundrani (May 2022)
  • Chidera C. Uzoho (May 2022)
  • Alice That Mformen (Dec 2021)
  • Ryen Eileen Dill (Dec 2021)
  • Lucie Olivia Roach (May 2021)
  • Bryant Paul Trost (May 2021)
  • Temesgen Abrham Atew (Dec 2020)
  • Gretchen Quiteles (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Lauren K. Barbieri (Dec 2022)
  • Amelia Patricia Calderon (Dec 2022)
  • Max Joshua O'Sullivan (May 2022)
  • Jenny Ha (May 2022)
  • Amelia Patricia Calderon (Dec 2021)
  • Lauren K. Barbieri (Dec 2021)
  • Lucie Olivia Roach (May 2021)
  • Naomi Narat (May 2021)
  • Blair D’Anne Connolly (Dec 2020)
  • Manfred P. Scott (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Sean Patrick Carmody (Dec 2022)
  • Kourtney Anne Jones (Dec 2022)
  • Diamond Khadejah Hale (May 2022)
  • Laura Zabriskie (May 2022)
  • Kourtney Anne Jones (Dec 2021)
  • Sean Patrick Carmody (Dec 2021)
  • Sarah Margaret Jones (May 2021)
  • Danielle Althea Renee Logan (May 2021)
  • Kyrsten Ayriell Hughes (Dec 2020)
  • Christina McGee (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Katerina Atanasova Goffigan (Dec 2022)
  • Mala Constance Tiwari (May 2022)
  • Katerina Atanasova Goffigan (Dec 2021)
  • Mairead Kalis Paxton (May 2021)
  • Claire Yvonne Endres (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Andrea Moraes de Oliveira (May 2021)
  • Kaitlyn Elizabeth Kodzis (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Nathan Benefiel (Dec 2022)
  • Kyle Woerner (May 2022)
  • Nathan Benefiel (Dec 2021)
  • Nicole Christine Beeson (May 2021)
  • Cleaya Marie Antes (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Elizabeth Megan Wilson (Dec 2022)
  • Ofek Ovadia (May 2022)
  • Elizabeth Megan Wilson (Dec 2021)
  • Grace Parrish (May 2021)
  • Shannon Peretz (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Iris Melissa Martinez (May 2022)
  • Melinda Kay Berger (May 2021)
  • 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

  • Julie Jung You Reback (May 2022)
    Claribel Linda Sawyerr (May 2021)
  • 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

  • Karen Michele Faherty (May 2022)
  • Esther Southerland (May 2021)
  • 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

  • Jessica Kathryn Smith (May 2022)
  • Taylor Brianna Melton (May 2021)
  • 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

  • Joan Ukamaka Ejiofor-Okoli (May 2022)
  • Phudorji Lama Sherpa (May 2022)
  • Laura Brianna Harrison (May 2021)
  • Mary Catherine Marasa (May 2021)
  • 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

  • Tara Siobhan Bozel (May 2022)
  • Victoria Ann Higgins Vykol (May 2021)
  • 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

  • Sandi Woodhead Shroyer (May 2022)
  • Adrienne Chavez (May 2021)
  • 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

  • Molly McComiskey (May 2021)
  • Amanda Victoria Arjoon (May 2021)
  • 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

  • Bryan L. Barshick (May 2022)
  • Janet L. Brown (May 2021)
  • 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

  • Dana Frank (May 2022)
  • Miriam Sperling (May 2021)
  • Jyoti Rimal (May 2020)
  • Ciara Smith (May 2020)
  • Tarleen Kaur Watson (May 2019)

Excellence in Pediatric Acute Care Nursing

  • Chelsea Shock (May 2022)

Excellence in Pediatric Primary Care Nursing

  • Marinela Baltazar Babich (May 2022)

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

  • Anju Paudel (Dec 2022)
  • Anju Paudel (Dec 2021)
  • Ernest Opoku-Ayemang (Dec 2020)
  • 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

  • Zahra Rahmaty (Dec 2022)
  • Zahra Rahmaty (Dec 2021)
  • In Seo La (Dec 2020)
  • HyoJin Son (May 2020)
  • Meredid Soto Caves (Dec 2019)
  • Hamzah Mohammad Alghzawi (May 2019)
  • Paul Anthony Thurman (Dec 2018)