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Doctoral Student Academic Excellence Award


This award, established in 2019, is presented annually by the Penn State Nursing Alumni Society to a doctoral student in the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing. 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.


  1. Must be a doctoral student of The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing
  2. Must be in excellent academic standing and seeking support funding for academic endeavors
  3. May self-nominate
  4. May be any current DNP or PhD student who is in good academic standing seeking support funding for academic endeavors

Submit a Nomination

If you wish to nominate a doctoral student for the Doctoral Student Academic Excellence Award, please complete the Nomination Form by February 28, 2022.

Nomination materials must include the following in order to be considered complete:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Letter of Endorsement

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please email

Past Recipients

2020 – Emily Bratlee-Whitaker