Graduation Awards

Every year, the School of Nursing grants awards to outstanding undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty at our convocation ceremonies in May.  Below is a list of these awards and the criteria necessary to nominate potential recipients.  Nominations are accepted during the spring term.

Nominations are now open!  Click here to access the form!

Undergraduate Awards

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Daisy in Training Student Award

The Daisy in Training Student Award was created to remind nursing students, even on their hardest days in nursing school, why they want to be a nurse.  It recognizes nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion they show patients and their families as they are learning what it means to be a nurse.

Two award recipients receive a certificate of recognition, a pin, and a statuette at the School of Nursing Convocation event in May.

Nominees must:

  1. Demonstrate commitment to compassionate care of patients and families
  2. Make a connection with patients, families, and peers by building trust and respect
  3. Advocate strongly for patients
  4. Demonstrate exceptional skill

Nominees must submit a resume or curriculum vitae and complete a personal statement that describes what makes them an outstanding candidate for this award, citing specific examples.

The recipient will be selected by a panel of faculty members appointed by the Dean based upon h ow successful the candidate is in meeting the eligibility criteria and the quality of the submitted materials in relation to the demands of this award.

Ginsberg Family Awards Recognizing Undergraduate Excellence in Leadership, Service, and Scholarship

Every year, the School of Nursing awards the Ginsberg Family Awards Recognizing Undergraduate Excellence in Leadership, Service and Scholarship to a Nursing student at the baccalaureate level. The award is in recognition of strong academic performance combined with outstanding leadership and service to the university or larger community.

The Ginsberg family distributes these awards in honor of the late Dean of Students Paul Ginsberg. Paul’s family recognizes his profound impact on the campus community and want to continue his legacy of transforming the student experience. The Undergraduate Academic Awards Office and the Division of Student Life coordinate the awards.

Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition and $1000 and are announced at the School of Nursing Convocation event in May. Recipients are also honored at a reception at the end of the spring semester, attended by family, friends, and the Dean of Students.

All currently enrolled UW School of Nursing baccalaureate students are eligible.  Emphasis is placed on leadership and service and not necessarily a specific GPA or clinical course grades.  Nominees must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, and complete a personal statement describing what makes them an outstanding candidate for this award, siting specific examples.

The recipient will be selected by a panel of faculty members appointed by the Dean based upon how successful the candidate is in meeting the eligibility criteria and the quality of the submitted materials in relation to the demands of this award.

School of Nursing Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Every year, the School of Nursing awards the School of Nursing Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award to a Nursing student at the baccalaureate level.  Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition at the School of Nursing Convocation event in May.

Specific criteria include a minimum nursing grade point average of 3.75 or above, within top 5%; participation in volunteer service to the school, community and professional organizations; and clinical and course performance.

Nominees must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, and complete a personal statement.  The recipient will be selected by a panel of faculty members appointed by the Dean based upon how successful the candidate is in meeting the eligibility criteria and the quality of the submitted materials in relation to the demands of this award.

Wisconsin Nurses Association Future Nursing Leader Award

Every year, the School of Nursing nominates one baccalaureate student for the Wisconsin Nurses Association Award.  The award recognizes a student who is an exemplary leader and embodies the ethics and values of nursing.  Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition at the School of Nursing Convocation event in May.

Nominees must:

  1. Demonstrate leadership
  2. Prepare, motivate, and impact other students as leaders
  3. Participate in community activities and giving back to others
  4. Mentor fellow students
  5. Promote activity in nursing organizations, such as the National Student Nurses’ Association
  6. Make a significant contribution to the overall excellence of their school
  7. Set a healthy example and promote a healthy lifestyle
  8. Demonstrate a clear sense of direction for their future nursing careers

Nominees must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, and complete a personal statement.

The recipient will be selected by a panel of faculty members appointed by the Dean based upon how successful the candidate is in meeting the eligibility criteria and the quality of the submitted materials in relation to the demands of the award.

Graduate Awards

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School of Nursing DNP Excellence Award

Every year, the School of Nursing awards the School of Nursing DNP Excellence Award to an outstanding graduate student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. This award recognizes academic achievements in the program, performance in clinical courses, research interests, and/or contributions to the school.

Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition at the School of Nursing Convocation event in May.  All currently enrolled UW School of Nursing DNP students are eligible.

Specific criteria include a minimum nursing grade point average for consideration is 3.75 or above, within top 5%; participation in volunteer service to the school, community and professional organizations; and clinical and course performance.

Nominees must submit a resume or curriculum vitae and complete a personal statement.  A list of eligible graduating DNP students is submitted to DNP subcommittee. The subcommittee will select a single student based on how successful the candidate is in meeting the eligibility criteria and the quality of the submitted materials in relation to the demands of this award.

Undergraduate/Graduate Awards

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Mary L. Keller Research Award

Mary L. Keller was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing for nearly two decades. She died of cancer in May 2006. Professor Keller was an outstanding scholar and her ability to engage and mentor students in research was unsurpassed. The Mary L. Keller Research Award is awarded annually to one student in her memory.

Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition and $1000 gift at the School of Nursing Convocation event in May.

Students must be involved in research in one of the following programs:
1. PhD program
2. DNP program
3. Early Entry PhD program
4. Undergraduate Honors program

To nominate a student for this award, submit a statement of 250 words or less about the nominee that addresses:
1. The length of time you have known the nominee and your working relationship with the nominee (program or honors advisor, clinical supervisor, course instructor, etc.)
2. The reasons for nominating this individual for the Mary L. Keller Research Award, including insights on the nominee’s passion, integrity, and productivity for nursing research

Nominees will then be notified of their nomination and will be asked to submit the following information:
1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
2. A personal statement describing their research accomplishments and plans for future research

A review committee will select a recipient in advance of Convocation based upon how successful the candidate is in meeting the eligibility criteria and the quality of the submitted materials in relation to the demands of this award.

Signe Skott Cooper Writing Award

Every year, the School of Nursing awards the Signe Skott Cooper Writing Award to Nursing students at the baccalaureate or doctoral level.  The purpose of the award is to help students become aware of the opportunities for publication in the nursing literature and to encourage them to write for publication.  Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition and $500 at the School of Nursing Convocation event in May.

All currently enrolled UW School of Nursing students, baccalaureate or doctoral, are eligible to submit their paper or manuscript, which is of publishable quality.  Specific criteria include that the student is primary author, the paper must be relevant to a topic of interest to nursing (examples: clinical topics, research, health care delivery, nursing roles, international nursing experiences, illustrative case studies, administrative issues), and the paper must be prepared for submission or submitted to a nursing or health-related journal.

Nominees must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, complete a personal statement, and attach their manuscript and the “Guidelines for Authors” of the intended journal.  The recipient will be selected by a panel of faculty members appointed by the Dean based on how successful the candidate is in meeting the eligibility criteria and the quality of the submitted materials in relation to the demands of the award.

Two awards may be offered if papers are received from both baccalaureate and doctoral students.

Graduation Speaker

This award was created to identify and recognize outstanding graduates as speakers at our graduation proceedings.  Recognized students will be speakers during the graduation proceedings.​  A graduating student from each program (ABSN, TBSN, DNP, PHD, and BSN@Home) in the School of Nursing will be chosen to speak.

Student must be nominated. Nominees must submit a personal statement outlining why they are an outstanding candidate for the award and including topics to be addressed in their speech.

The recipient will be selected based on the results of a student ballot.

Faculty Awards

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Daisy Faculty Award

Over the years of running The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, The DAISY Foundation has come to learn that despite the many pressures on nursing faculty, they have a profound impact on the future practice of their students.

Many students talk about hearing a professor’s or instructor’s voice in the back of their heads even years after they have graduated.  These dedicated nursing faculty members often do not receive appropriate recognition for the effect they have on their students, on patient care and on the professionalism of nursing.

The Faculty Award was created to recognize and celebrate the contributions faculty make to the future of nursing.  Award recipients receive a certificate of recognition, a pin and a statuette at the School of Nursing Convocation event in May.  The recipient is selected by a panel of faculty members appointed by the Dean, based upon how successful the candidate is in meeting the eligibility criteria.

Contacts

Beth Dawson

Career and Undergraduate Advisor

beth.dawson@wisc.edu

608-263-9109