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Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation

Integration, Innovation, Impact

Penn Nursing is one of three schools of nursing in the U.S. to offer the Hillman Scholars for Innovation program, an integrated BSN-to-PhD program educating a new cadre of nurse scientists and leaders who will develop innovative solutions in healthcare. If selected for this highly competitive program, Hillman Scholars receive up to $75,000 in the form of a loan that is forgiven when the Scholar completes the PhD in nursing.

Lauren Johnson transferred into the Hillman Scholars program after pursuing a pre-med track. Under the guidance of mentors Dr. Barbara Mann Wall and Dr. Karen Glanz, Lauren's program of research involves studying physical activity and sleep in cancer survivors. She intends to focus future efforts on women's health and maternal care in Africa.

This unique program incorporates interdisciplinary education with research career development and close mentoring that starts upon selection as a Scholar. Scholars work closely with their faculty mentors and collaborate with established research teams in Penn Nursing's renowned research centers. The program focuses on innovation, integration, and impact.

Graduates of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation are expected to integrate nursing knowledge within broad social, economic, and political contexts to influence the scientific base informing healthcare policy and practice.

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BSN Deadline:
January 1, 2016

BSN Deadline:
October 15, 2015

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Dr. Connie Ulrich, director of the Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation Program.



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