Scholars

Healthy Aging Research Scholarships

The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging is pleased to provide scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students to pursue research in the field of gerontology. Faculty mentors offer individual guidance and serve as valuable resources for beginning researchers.  To date, more than 100 undergraduate and graduate scholarships have been awarded.  Information about current and past scholars’ projects can be found at the bottom of this page.

Apply for a scholarship

Information for the 2017 application process will be available early fall 2017. Please check back at that time..

Undergraduate application

Master’s application

Doctoral application

These scholarships are unrestricted funds available to support and nurture interest in older adults:

  • Undergraduate awards are $2,000
    • Undergraduate scholarships encourage junior and senior baccalaureate nursing students to carry out a research project in the field of aging. Under the mentorship of a nursing faculty member, students are encouraged to examine questions of direct relevance to pre-existing studies or develop their own research projects and complete the project over two quarters.
  • Master’s awards are $5,000
    • Healthy Aging Masters Student Scholarships support work on a master’s thesis or project. A limited number of scholarships, supported by our community partners, may be available for specific projects focused on designated areas of gerontological nursing.
  • Doctoral awards are $7,500
    • Healthy Aging Doctoral Student Scholarships support work on a DNP investigative project or PhD dissertation.

If you have any questions or would like help in identifying or selecting a mentor, please contact Heather Wicklein Sanchez, manager of the de Tornyay Center, at 206.616.4276 or by email.

Conference Travel Scholarships

The de Tornyay Center is proud to support graduate students presenting their gerontology research at regional, national and international conferences.  Travel scholarship applications are due at least six weeks before scheduled conference/travel.  Email your Scholarship Application to agingctr@u.washington.edu and read the Graduate Student Travel Scholarship Guidelines before applying.

Healthy Aging Scholars

A list of scholars, their research topics, and brief PowerPoint slides are available below.

2016-2017 Scholars

Student

Topic

Faculty Mentor

Healthy Aging PhD Research Scholarships

Shih-Yin Lin,
Myrene C. McAninch Doctoral Scholar        
Associations between Functional Mobility, Activities of Daily Living, and Objective Caregiver Burden in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN

Healthy Aging DNP Research Scholarship

Melissa Fessel,
de Tornyay Healthy Aging Doctoral Scholar
Reducing Polypharmacy in Older Adults Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAAN

Healthy Aging Masters Research Scholarship

Creseta Simmons,
Germaine Krysan Masters Scholar
Pike Market Food Bank, The Homeless Initiative Noel Chrisman, PhD, MPH

Healthy Aging Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Jordan Hardman,
Myrene C. McAninch Undergraduate Scholar
Examining Themes with Nursing Delegation Among Gerontological Populations Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN

2015-2016 Scholars

Student

Topic

Faculty Mentor

Healthy Aging PhD Research Scholarships

Minhui Liu Influences of Osteoarthritis Pain, Insomnia and Depression on Health Care Utilization in Older Adults with Osteoarthritis Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN
Janet Pohl Falls and the Social Isolation of Older AdultsA Secondary Analysis of Data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS)” Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN
Anita Souza Utilizing the Precede-Proceed Model as a framework for understanding cognitive impairment among homeless older adults in King County Susan McCurry, PhD

Healthy Aging DNP Research Scholarship

Pauline Lao (with Nicole Milliron) A Nurse-Driven Protocol for Pain Service Consults at the University of Washington Medical Center Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAAN
Nicole Milliron (with Pauline Lao) Nurse-Driven Protocol for Palliative Care Referrals Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAAN
Brooke Powers Family Survey: Determining Health Care Satisfaction and Needs for People with Dementia Patty Betrus, PhD, RN, BC-PMHCNS

Healthy Aging Masters Research Scholarship

Christine Dostal Impact Evaluation of Physical Activity Programs offered by the Pike Market Senior Center” Noel Chrisman, PhD, MPH

Healthy Aging Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Evan Whitson Initiation and Maintenance of Participation in a Local Mall Walking Program Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN

2014-2015 Scholars

Student

Topic

Faculty Mentor

Healthy Aging PhD Research Scholarships

Musetta Chang-Chu Fu               Impact of a group-singing program on older adult health in senior living communities:  A pilot Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN
Shih-Yin Lin Uncovering the Meaning of “Dementia Friendly Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN

Healthy Aging DNP Research Scholarship

Ann Pedack Post-Acute Care Competency Development for Nurse Practitioners at Group Health Marie Annette Brown, PhD, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAAN

Healthy Aging Masters Research Scholarship

Nikela Harris Pike Market Senior Center:  Community Building with Housing Agencies Noel Chrisman, PhD, MPH

Healthy Aging Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Jennifer Burns Thrive – A Wellness Program for Older Adults:  Opportunities for Community Engagement Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN