Learn more about a career as a nurse scientist
This is an exciting opportunity for any student interested in learning more about research and the role of a nurse scientist.
This innovative program offers students one-on-one time with dedicated faculty members who have proven success in nursing research. Students are mentored through the research process while conducting their own independent study. They participate in a variety of professional development and learning activities to further explore the role of a PhD prepared nurse scientist. In addition, students are given opportunities to interact with a diverse group of health professions students across colleges at UNMC, present their work at national conferences, earn a stipend for their work, and receive special recognition at graduation.
Major Points of Consideration
- Funding is available for rural students
- Flexible hour requirement 20+ hours/week during summer at discretion of CON, allows for opportunity to fulfill other work obligations
- Remote access to program available for students outside of Omaha
- Anonymous Divisions NOT listed on application, students from all Divisions have equal opportunity to be selected
- Strategic placement with faculty based on applicant quality and research fit
- Variety of options for student/faculty placement
- Preparation for entry into graduate school. Completed assignments include a Curriculum Vitae, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biosketch, Personal Statement, & Letter of Recommendation.
- Independent Research Project that includes: 1) Research Proposal, Abstract, Conference Poster, and Publication
Credit Load: 4 total
- Part 1 (Summer): 2 credits
- From June through August, students will attend weekly seminar courses focused on various aspects of nursing research and graduate education.
- They will work 20 hours per week as a research assistant with a faculty member.
- In addition, they will participate in a variety of research, networking, and social activities.
- Part 2 (Academic Year): 2 credits [Fall: 1 credit & Spring: 1 credit]
- Students will attend 4 classes during the Fall Semester and 4 classes in the Spring Semester. They will finalize their research proposals, posters, and manuscript as well participate in a series of peer review activities.
Application Requirements & Procedures
- Currently enrolled as a Traditional BSN Student at the UNMC College of Nursing
- Pre-requisite GPA of 3.4 or above
- A U.S. Citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
- Academically talented student interested in pursuing a PhD in Nursing after BSN Graduation
- 2020 Applications will be open October 1st through February 1st.
- The application includes:
- Application Form
- Academic Information/Education History (unofficial transcript)
- 3 Letters of Recommendation, complete via an online form
- Faculty from clinical or lab
- Professional Reference from a former employer, supervisor, advisor, teacher, colleague,
- 3rd reference from person of your choice, cannot be family/friend
- Personal Statement (100-300 words per each question or statement)
- Why are you interested in participating in the Honors Research Program?
- Please describe your interest in pursuing a PhD
- What areas of research/patient populations are you interested in studying? Why?
- Recent 2 page course writing sample (within 2 years). Please include a short paragraph explaining what the writing sample was about, what assignment & class it was for, and why you chose it for this application.
- Qualified candidates will be invited to interview in February of 2020
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If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact Dr. Breanna Hetland at 402-559-5460 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like more about this program from previous students, click here.