Congratulations to PhD Student, Karl Cristie Figuracion

Karl Cristie Figuracion, first year PhD student and a pre-doctoral trainee on the Omics and Symptom Science Training Grant was awarded the Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society Academic Scholarship.

Karl Christie Figuracion

Hometown: Born in the Philippines but spent middle school all the way up to high school in Los Angeles, California

Graduation Year/Program: First Year PhD Student

What is your research/areas of interest? Symptom science in addressing issues of patients with brain tumor.

Do you have a faculty mentor? If so, whom? Very fortunate to be mentored by Hilaire Thompson, Donna Berry, Basia Belza and Marie-Annette Brown just to name a few.

Are you a scholarship recipient? If so, please list the scholarship(s). Yes. Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society Academic Scholarship

Why did you choose nursing? I have always been drawn to nursing since I was a child, probably with the influence of my grandmother. I love the perspective nurses bring into the field, whether it’s with decision making, care planning, education or research.

What has been an unforgettable experience during your time at the School of Nursing? It’s my first year and been thankful to have a supportive cohort and faculty. The openness and the collaboration among other students and the school have truly been one of a kind.

How has your experience at the School of Nursing helped you with your career trajectory? If you’re a first year student, what experiences are you hoping for to help with your career trajectory? As a first-year Ph.D. student, I hope to continue to grow as a researcher, further develop my teaching skills and expand my abilities as a clinician.

What are your plans after graduation? I hope to be able to merge research, academics, and clinic. I hope to have an opportunity to continue my research in symptom science among patients with brain tumors or those who have a history of brain tumor. I hope to one day teach as I love being a nurse practitioner, to be able to share that passion for the future generation of clinicians would be such a treat!

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