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Alumni Awards

HONORING ALUMNI AND STUDENTS

Each year, the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and its Alumni Society Board honor alumni and students.

Nominations are reviewed by the Nursing Alumni Society Awards Committee. Committee members score each nomination for evidence of the award criteria. The highest-scoring nomination receives the award. Decisions regarding scoring ties are made by the Nursing Alumni Society Awards Committee.

NURSING ALUMNI SOCIETY AWARDS COMMITTEE

  • Glenna Cernuska, ’13
  • Taylor Criste, ’14
  • Kelsey Meuser, ’15, ‘20g
  • Stacey-Ann Okoth, ‘11
  • Susan Rux, ‘00

If you have any questions regarding alumni and student awards, please contact the Nursing Alumni Society Awards Committee by emailing psunursingawards@gmail.com.

Nominators must have a google account to submit an award nomination. If you do not have a google account and would like to submit a nomination, please email psunursingawards@gmail.com.

ALUMNI AWARDS

The following awards recognize alumni who have achieved notable professional success and brought acclaim to the college, its students, and the University.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, January 28

Paula Milone-Nuzzo Nursing Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award

This award, established in 2018, is to be presented annually by the Penn State Nursing Alumni Society to an alumnus/alumna who has provided outstanding volunteer service to the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing.

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Emerging Professional Award

The Emerging Professional Award recognizes a Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing graduate of the past 10 years who is a registered nurse working in a clinical or academic setting who demonstrates potential to significantly impact the nursing profession. This award recognizes nurses who demonstrate exemplary professional practice and community engagement/advocacy on behalf of the nursing profession and the communities of interest.

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Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes a Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing graduate actively working in the healthcare field who has impacted the healthcare industry in a profound way, who supports a model of professional practice in their organization through leadership, innovation, strong mentorship, and overall practice. The awardee may have COVID-19 related examples demonstrating how they overcame adversity, improved care, and increased resources to treatment or prevention while demonstrating Penn State’s values.

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STUDENT AWARDS

The following awards recognize students for their academic achievement, leadership skills, and contributions to the college, community, and University.

  • Undergraduate Student Service Award
  • Graduate Student Service Award
  • Doctoral Nursing Student Academic Excellence Award

Nomination Deadline: Monday, February 28

Undergraduate Student Service Award

The undergraduate student nurse supports the ideals of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and the nursing profession by engaging in service activities that support individuals, families, and/or communities and that encourage and foster the nurse’s personal and professional development.

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Graduate Student Service Award

The graduate student nurse supports the ideals of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and the nursing profession by engaging in service activities that support individuals, families, and/or communities and that encourage and foster the nurse’s personal and professional development.

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Doctoral Nursing Student Academic Excellence Award

The doctoral student nurse supports the ideals of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and the nursing profession by engaging in service activities that support individuals, families, and/or communities and that encourage and foster the nurse’s personal and professional development.

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