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September 2011


9/19-9/23; MS & PhD New Student Orientation

9/22; First day of instruction for Thursday classes!

9/23; Deadline for Payment of Fees, Registrar’s Office

Welcome New Students and
Welcome Back Continuing Students!

This is the first of nine issues of the UPDATE NEWSLETTER. It is published monthly, September through May, and is available online at the School of Nursing website:

In each issue, you will find a well-researched list of student scholarships, grants, and awards as well as a calendar of events and important dates, deadlines, etc. for that particular month. Typically, there is also a communication from both the Nursing Student Council and the Office of Student Financial Services in each issue, as well as a page of events from Millberry Programs and Services containing announcements of activities ranging from Cole Hall Cinema to Full Moon Kayaking Trips and many more.

The focus here is info of unique interest to School of Nursing students. We advise you to use this information in conjunction with other very useful websites at UCSF such as the INSIDE GUIDE at

David Vlahov
Dean, School of Nursing

Jobs & Money!

Scholarships, Grants and Awards, September 2011

Sponsor UC MEXUS
Award Grants for Dissertation Research
Amount $12,000 for 2 yrs
Deadline 9/19/11; (electronic by 5 pm)
Criteria Projects funded are expected to lead to the completion of dissertations or MFA degrees in these areas. Preference will be given to projects that hold significant promise for the advancement of science or scholarship in areas of interest to UC MEXUS; that involve meaningful collaboration with a Mexican institution and/or a Mexican scientist or scholar; or that address issues of importance to Mexico and/or the Mexican-origin population in California and/or the United States. UC graduate students in good academic standing are eligible if they will be advanced to candidacy for the research doctorate by December 31, 2011.
Info Andrea Kaus (951) 827-3519 or
Sponsor Kaiser Permanente Student Financial Program
Award Deloras Jones RN Scholarship Program
Amount $1,000 – 5,000
Deadline 9/30/11 (online receipt)
Criteria For US citizens & perm residents who have completed at least one school term. Five categories of awards (merit, men & underrepresented minorities (URN), KP affiliation, etc) for this need-based award but need are relative to other Nor CA nurses in pool. Before deadline send the following data to: a) your name as it appears on Deloras Jones application; b) your application ID KPDJRN#; we will fax completed enrollment verification form directly to agency. Apply!
Info (Deloras Jones Program in subject line);  1-800-537-4180
Sponsor Nursing Organizations Alliance
Award Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Scholarships
Amount 1) Full Scholarship; & 2) Conference registration
Deadline 9/30/11
Criteria Provides RNs with opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative process. Conference generally held in March, NIWI is open to members of 70 alliance orgs
Sponsor American Cancer Society
Award Doctoral Degree Scholarship in Cancer Nursing
Amount $15,000 per year; renewable for two additional years
Deadline 10/15/11 (electronic receipt)
Criteria Awarded to graduate students pursuing doctoral study in the field of cancer nursing research, and preparing for careers as nurse scientists. Must be a US citizen or perm resident
Info 404-329-7558; or
Sponsor National Science Foundation
Award NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Amount Up to $10,000
Deadline 10/15/11 (receipt); there are two annual deadlines 2/15 and 10/15
Criteria Funds are for expenses associated with conducting the dissertation research (e.g., data collection, field work, payment to subjects, survey expenses, software, microfilm, data transcription, file creation and data merging, courses on specialized skills such as those offered at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), travel, and expenses incurred at sites away from the student’s home institution). The grant does not support stipend, salary and tuition reimbursement.
Info Pat White – 703-292-8762 or  Katherine Meyer 703-292-4780
Sponsor American Lung Association
Award Lung Health Research Dissertation Grant
Amount $21,000
Deadline 10/20/11
Criteria Pre-doctoral support for nurses or students with an academic career focused on the various disciplines of social science. Research areas of particular interest are: psychosocial, behavioral, health services, health policy, epidemiological, biostatistical and educational matters related to lung disease.
Info; or 202-452-1805
Sponsor AfterCollege/AACN
Award AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship
Amount $2,500
Deadline 10/31/11 (annual deadlines: 1/31, 4/30, 7/31, 10/31)
Criteria This scholarship program supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program with the goal of pursuing a nursing faculty career.
Sponsor DHHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Award Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation (R36)
Amount Up to $40,000
Deadline 11/1/11
Criteria The overall goal of the AHRQ grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained health services researchers is available in adequate numbers and appropriate research areas to address the research mission and priorities of AHRQ. This program provides support to individuals who are conducting research undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a research doctorate degree.
Sponsor Canadian Federation of University Women
Award Various Awards and Fellowship: McWilliams Memorial and Binnie
Amount $6,000 – 11,000
Deadline 11/01/11
Criteria These awards are for Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who may be studying abroad in masters or PhD programs. Submit statement of intent, official transcripts, 3 references, fee, and acceptance letter.
Info; or 613-234-8552
Sponsor The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Award Fellowship for New Americans
Amount Up to $25,000 maintenance grants plus $20,000 towards tuition and support (2 yrs)
Deadline 11/01/11
Criteria Not over 30 yrs old, hold a Green card or are naturalized citizens or children of naturalized citizens. Must demonstrate relevance of studies to long-term career goals & potential in enhancing contributions to society.
Info; or send an email
Sponsor Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Award Mellon Mays Pre-doctoral Research Grants
Amount $1,500 to 5,000
Deadline 11/1/11
Criteria Various research grant awards for graduate students completing work in sociology. Applicants must have been selected as Mellon Mays Fellows as undergraduates.
Sponsor American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)
Award 2011 Scholarship Program
Amount Up to $1,000
Deadline 11/15/11 (postmark)
Criteria Applicant must be enrolled full time in an undergraduate school or part time in a graduate school, have a documented disability and provide documentation of their disability. (Applicants who have not yet graduated from high school will not be considered. Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited US University. Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, and health promotion or afield related to disability and health.
Info 301-545-6140 or
Sponsor Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Award NIH/Fogarty International Clinical (FIC) Research Scholars Program
Amount $25,000
Deadline 11/19/11
Criteria The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows (FICRS-F) Support Center at Vanderbilt offers a one-year clinical research training experience for graduate-level U.S. students in the health professions. This is an opportunity is for highly motivated individuals to experience mentored research training at top- ranked NIH-funded research centers in developing countries.  A strong interest in, and potential for, a career in international health activities and/or clinical research.
Sponsor Mellon Foundation/American Council of Leaned Societies Early Career Fellowship
Award Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Amount $25,000 stipend; research cost of up to $3,000; university fees of up to $5,000
Deadline 11/9/11
Criteria Awards to assist social science-related grad students in their last year of PhD dissertation writing. Must be advanced to candidacy by before onset of funding. Submit proposal, biblio, 1 diss chapter, and 3 reference letters.
Info; or 212-697-1505

Hot Tip!

NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program
NIH encourages outstanding health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. If you commit at least two years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state, or local government entity, NIH may repay up to $35,000 of your qualified student loan debt per year, including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary you receive for your research.

LRP applications will be accepted annually from September 1 through November 15, 8:00 p.m. EST. Applications must be submitted electronically using the NIH Loan Repayment Program Website,

The NIH is offering the following extramural loan repayment programs:

Clinical Teaching Opportunities! Clinical courses in the Masters Entry Program have been designed to provide current masters and doctoral students with an opportunity to gain clinical teaching experience. Depending on your area of clinical expertise, please contact the appropriate faculty member:

Sheila Proctor, Community Health, 476-4804
Linda MacIntyre, Community Health, 476-6930
Pam Bellefeuille, Med-Surg, 514-1524
Jenna Shaw-Battista, OB, 206-5106
Victoria Keenan, Pediatrics, 476-6092
Scott Ziehm, Psych,476-9711
Kevin McGirr, Psych, 476-4172

Current School of Nursing students that have very good writing skills and/or previous experience editing course papers are needed to work as editors. The responsibilities include reviewing and editing course papers for fellow nursing students, including international and domestic students. The pay is $15.59/hour; all appointments are 20% time or less. If you are interested in working as an editor, please contact Jillian Lam at Be sure to state “Student Editor” in the subject line of your email.

Student Financial Services

Online Financial Aid Services:
Students can access their 2011-12 UCSF Financial Aid Award online, and also see if they have any outstanding financial aid holds. The Student Financial Aid Office sends you an email as soon as your financial aid awards are ready for viewing online.

Fall Quarter Aid Disbursement:
Fall financial aid is scheduled to be disbursed by 9/22/11. Students must be considered registered (i.e., filed study lists) and have no registration holds before financial aid checks can be released. Furthermore, please either “accept” or “decline” your financial aid awards online, as financial aid cannot be released if any award remains in “pending” status online. All students should sign up for direct deposit so that financial aid can be deposited directly into your checking or saving account. If you have not signed up yet, please do so right now at:

Satisfactory Academic Requirements:
Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive financial aid. This is a federal requirement. Some of the basic requirements are:

The Student Financial Aid Office website ( can also be accessed any time to obtain check disbursement dates, information on the financial aid process at UCSF, download SFSO forms, etc. Our office is located at Millberry Union West Tower, Room #MU-201W. Office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students can also contact us by phone (415-476-4181) or email (

S/N Office of Research

Computer Lab:
The School of Nursing Computer Lab, located in N-735, is open to all School of Nursing students. The lab currently contains 15 Dell computers. Laser printers are available for high quality black and white printing (for a fee). Schedules for open lab hours, workshops and courses are posted on the lab door, as well as on the School of Nursing website (under "Current Students").

Instrument File:
Located in the Office of Research (Room N-337), this file contains a wealth of information on a variety of questionnaires and research instruments, with an index. You may browse the contents and make copies of files that may be useful to your project.

Nursing Student Council

Welcome on behalf of the new officers of the Nursing Student Council! We hope that you all are well rested and rejuvenated for new or continuing studies in 2011-2012.

The general goal of the NSC is to serve as a liaison for the students within the School of Nursing, and to assist in the enrichment of the School of Nursing student body in any way possible. If you have concerns or need our support on an issue, please email us at

All students are welcome to attend NSC meetings. Our schedule of Fall quarter meetings will be determined and made available shortly.

Below are the new officers of the NSC 2011-2012:

NSC Officers 2011 - 2012

President – Position Available

Vice President – Anthony Enriquez

Secretary – Position Available

Treasurer – Danielle Latta

Social Chair – Meg Buckwalter

Faculty Program Rep – Miranda Kramer

GSA Rep A – Arielle Bivas

GSA Rep B – Brooke Finkmoore

MEPN Rep A – Amy Chan

MEPN Rep B – Monifa Willis




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