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Kerri Nelson ’09g, a student in the DNP program, won the Grassroots Student Ambassador Prize at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Student Policy Summit in March.

The prize is granted to two exceptional students who inspire others to become engaged in grassroots advocacy. Nelson has focused her doctoral work on effecting systemic change in the area of rare diseases and disorders. In February, she  joined forces with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) on Rare Disease Day to advocate for understanding and awareness of rare diseases.

The AACN Student Policy Summit is a three-day conference in Washington, D.C., where baccalaureate and graduate nursing students are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy.

Earlier in March, Nelson received the Vera Brancato Nursing Education Award from the Pennsylvania League for Nursing (Area II), an annual scholarship for a student in a graduate-level nursing program.