Sigma Theta Tau International awards recognize achievements and contributions in nursing. Nominate a member today!

Student Leadership Award 

Recognizes a BSN, MSN, and PhD student who is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Xi Chapter, who demonstrates a high level of academic achievement, leadership, and service within the School of Nursing, University and/or the community.

2022 Student Leadership Award Winners

Nurse Researcher Awards

Honor a nurse whose early career or long-term research has impacted the nursing profession.


Awards Archive

Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter Awards Criteria

International Awards for Nursing Excellence

Recognize a nurse or group for the International Awards for Nursing Excellence.

Showcase of Regional Excellence

Highlight chapters’ achievements in relation to the Presidential Call to Action.

Chapter Key Award

Honors chapters that excel in chapter-related activities.

Honorary Membership

Acknowledge someone who has greatly contributed to the advancement of nursing.

The Episteme Award

The Baxter International Foundation’s Episteme Award acknowledges a major breakthrough in nursing knowledge development that has resulted in a significant and recognizable benefit to the public and comes with a generous $15,000 stipend to the award recipient. In the tradition of the Nobel Prize, The Episteme Award is presented to a person or team for highly significant research.

Penn Nursing is home to seven award winners, more than any other school of nursing, including Dorothy Brooten (1989), Lois K. Evans and Neville E. Strumpf (1995), Ann Burgess (1999), Linda H. Aiken (2001), Loretta Sweet Jemmott (2007), Mary D. Naylor (2009), and Therese Richmond (2017).

Research Hall of Fame

Penn Nursing has three XI Chapter Research Hall of Fame recipients which include our current Penn Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN (2015) Barbara Riegel, PhD, MN, FAAN, FAHA (2015) Therese Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP (2013).