PhD student Weichao Yuwen selected as Magnuson Scholar


Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 - 12:22
Media Contacts: Staishy Bostick Siem,, 206-221-8429; Liz Hunter-Keller,, 206-221-5764

PhD student Weichao Yuwen was selected as Magnuson Scholar earlier this week, joining students from the five other health sciences schools as 2014-2015 Magnuson Scholars. Each scholar was nominated by their respective Health Sciences School on the basis of outstanding academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences. As you will see, this year’s scholars appear well-positioned to continue and contribute to the late Senator Warren G. Magnuson’s healthcare legacy.

Weichao Yuwen is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University, Yuwen was accepted in 2011 at the UW to pursue her goal of becoming a nurse scholar and educator with an emphasis on mental health issues in ethnic minority populations. Her dissertation research examines sleep-disordered breathing, disease-related symptoms, and health outcomes in children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Her long-term research interest involves pediatric diabetes and its association with sleep disturbances. Disturbed sleep can be associated with a range of adverse health outcomes and reduced quality of life that impacts both the child and parents. Yuwen’s doctoral advisor, Dr. Teresa Ward, Associate Professor in the UW Family and Child Nursing program, has been impressed with Yuwen’s hard work and ability to learn unfamiliar concepts quickly. Dr. Ward noted, “Her research addresses a gap in the literature as little is known about how caring for a child diagnosed with a chronic condition affects the entire family, and disruptions to everyday life evoke different responses from families.” Yuwen’s career goal is to secure a faculty position in a research-intensive academic environment where she can promote healthy sleep in children and adolescents with chronic conditions, and advance sleep science through research and education.

The 2014-2015 Magnuson Scholars are:

Worakanya Buranaphatthana
School of Dentistry

Patrick Sanger
School of Medicine

Weichao Yuwen
School of Nursing

Ryan Patrick Seguin
School of Pharmacy

Christine Khosropour
School of Public Health

Mei-Yi Lee
School of Social Work