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Emily Whitaker ’16, a student in the M.S. to Ph.D. program, won first place in the master’s degree poster category at the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Scientific Sessions last month. Her poster was titled “Subjective cognitive impairment is consistently related to lower quality of life in older adults.” At the college’s annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon in April, she won the Graduate Student Service Award, presented annually to students who support the ideals of the college and the nursing profession by engaging in service activities that support individuals, families, or communities and foster the student’s personal and professional development. “Emily has embodied the ideals of outstanding academic achievement, commitment to the nursing profession, and extensive engagement in professional, academic, and community service,” her nominator wrote. Emily represents the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence as a student affiliate and serves as the student representative on the College of Health and Human Development’s Nursing Graduate Council. She participates in the ENRS Aging Research Interest Group and speaks with undergraduate nursing students about her interest in a research-focused career. Emily volunteers with the United Way, Meals on Wheels, and her local church, where she helps with the highway cleanup group. She also offers guidance and support with mental health issues and assists students with housing and food service needs.