Student Research Opportunities

Move Your Nursing Career PhorwarD

RN Phorward at the University of Maryland School of Nursing

Are you interested in research but don’t know how to get started? We can help you move PhorwarD!

What is RN PhorwarD?

RN PhorwarD addresses the shortage of PhD-prepared faculty by recruiting, mentoring, and graduating nurses interested in an academic research career. PhD-prepared faculty are needed to teach in doctoral programs, lead and co-lead research studies, and actively contribute to the advancement of the science of nursing and health care.

Current UMSON students can request a mentored research experience to explore their interest in research. These may include "shadow" days, independent studies, and experiences that can be integrated with coursework

Research topics are diverse and include:

  • healthy aging
  • cellular and genetic disease mechanisms
  • pain and symptom management
  • health systems outcomes
  • palliative and end-of-life care
  • biological and psychosocial health
  • substance abuse
  • maternal and neonatal outcomes
  • and more

Who can take advantage of this opportunity?

As long as you're an UMSON student in good academic standing, you can explore your research interests and apply for a mentored research experience. The chart below explains how you can fit a research experience into your plan of study.

Program Plan of Study
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) elective (NURS 419)
senior practicum (NURS 429)
RN-to-BSN: Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing elective
Master of Science in Nursing elective
practicum hours
RN-to-MSN: Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing elective
practicum hours
Clinical Nurse Leader master’s option elective*
CNL practicum (NURS 523)
Doctor of Nursing Practice elective*
practicum hours

*may require additional credits

Interested? Contact us.

Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Phone: 410.706.0520
johantgen@umaryland.edu


RN PhorwarD profile headshot"‌In 2013, I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). Soon after, faculty from the PhD program identified me as having the aptitude for abstract thinking and critical analysis necessary for research and encouraged me to consider a PhD to expand my practice as a nurse. Concurrently, I found fulfillment working clinically in the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Adult Emergency Department, but I was intrigued by the possibility that perhaps there was more that could be done to promote patient health and outcomes.

In 2014, I was admitted to UMSON’s first class of its BSN-to-PhD program. My experience thus far has challenged me in many ways but has not failed in being a rewarding journey." Alisha Hackney


This program was developed with the assistance of a Nurse Support Program II grant administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and funded through the Health Services Cost Review Commission.

Opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, and no official endorsement should be inferred.