The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Inaugural PhD Symposium Celebrates Future of Nursing Science

Nov 1, 2019

The inaugural UMass Amherst Nursing PhD Symposium on October 29 drew more than 60 students, alumni, faculty and staff to celebrate the achievements of emerging nurse scientists. The symposium featured invited speakers, a PhD student poster session and networking activities that explored current and future roles of nursing science. 

Dean Cynthia Jacelon and PhD Program Director Dr. Rachel Walker provided opening remarks. 

A plenary panel discussion on the future of nursing science featured nurse scholars Barbara J. Guthrie, PhD, F.A.A.N., RN - Professor of Nursing, Director of the PhD Program, School of Nursing, Northeastern University;  Tam H. Nguyen, PhD, M.S.N./M.P.H., RN - Asssistant Professor, Cornell School of Nursing; and Em Rabelais, PhD, M.B.E. - Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

The panel discussion was moderated by Favorite Iradukunda, M.S.N., RN, Nursing PhD Candidate 2022 and was followed by an interactive discussion with panelists about support of Nursing and STEM Sciences.

PhD students presented their research at poster sessions before and after lunch. 

A networking lunch addressed timely themes: Nurses in Innovation & Entrepreneurship;   Proposal Writing in the Area of Health Disparities;   Promoting Social Justice in Science;  Post-Doc Experiences and Interdisciplinary Collaboration;   Bringing Healthcare Technologies to Nursing;   Extroverting as an Introvert - and other such Performances.

Symposium attendees expressed interest in making this an annual event.  

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