Student Achievements/Awards


Grand Valley MSN alumna and clinical nurse leader, Michelle Smith, played an important role in the successful FUSE program at Bronson Hospital.

Bronson's FUSE program is a community collaborative, which provides homeless with wrap-around services through Bronson primary care, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission. Michigan Health and Hospital Association honored Bronson Methodist Hospital for its program aimed at assisting homeless. 

3MT (Three Minute Thesis Competition)

What is a three-minute thesis (3-MT®)? Oral communication of a student's research to an educated layperson is often lacking in graduate programs. The University of Queensland developed the 3-Minute Thesis® where students summarize their research in 3 minutes using pre-determined guidelines. The format is one where students make a presentation in less than 3 minutes and a panel of judges scores each student to determine a winner.

2018-2019 GVSU Second Place 
Jenna Buchman, DNP student. Her presentation was titled, "The Evaluation of a Nerve Block Protocol in Patients with Hip Fractures".

2018-2019 GVSU Third Place 
Anne Gembrowski, DNP student. Her presentation was titled, "Increasing Prevention and Recognition of Delirium in a Non-ICU Acute Population".

2017-2018 GVSU First Place: Kathryn Ellens, DNP student. Her presentation was titled, "Rethinking Pain Management"

Jonas Scholars

In partnership with schools of nursing across the country, Jonas Philanthropies identifies and invests in high-potential doctoral nursing Scholars.

Jonas Scholarships aim to:

  • Support nurses who will address our nation’s most pressing healthcare needs.
  • Increase the number of nurses with advanced training filling leadership roles as faculty, clinical leaders and researchers.
  • Improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans healthcare.

2016-2018 Amelia Grayson, Christina Winkelman

2014-2016 Rachel Cardosa, Leda Evans

Presidential Research Grants (GVSU)

Grant awards of up to $1,500 are available to support the research and scholarly projects of graduate students. Applicants must be degree seeking and in good  academic standing. The research must be connected to completion of some aspect of the applicant’s graduate degree.

Fall 2019: Laura Love: "Self-Monitoring of Blood Pressure in Community-Dwelling Senior Adults"

Winter 2019: Beena Philip:   "Implementation Strategies to Increase Uptake of Hester Davis Tool Tailoring of Fall Prevention Interventions"

Fall 2018: Megan Carpenter: "Using the Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS) to Screen for Risk-Taking Behaviors in 13 to
                    18 Year Olds in a Primary Care Office"

Winter 2017: Kathryn Ellens:   “Implementation of an Evidence-Based Opioid Reduction Pain Management Protocol for an Observation Unit”

                       Amelia Grayson:   “The Implementation of a Toileting Intervention to Decrease Falls in a Hospital Elderly Acute Care Unit”

                       Kelsey Kloosterman “Care of Adult Cancer Survivors,”

                       Amanda Taylor: “Transitions of Care in a Children’s Hospital from Operating Room to Outpatient: A Quality Improvement Project,”

                       Kristin Vanderwell:  “Improving Adolescent Risk Assessment in a Primary Care Setting”

                        Christiana Winkelman: “Prevention of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) in Adult Oncology Patients”

The Glenn A. Niemeyer Awards

Named for the first Provost of Grand Valley State University, these awards honor faculty and students who strive for excellence in all aspects of a well-rounded academic experience.

Candidate Criteria:

Students selected for the Niemeyer Awards by the Provost Office are well-rounded individuals with demonstrated excellence in both the classroom and extra-curricular activities.  Recipients excel in the classroom and demonstrate a joy of learning as part of a community of scholars.  Along with intellectual achievements, recipients participate in activities outside the classroom that serve to enrich their lives and the lives of others. 

2018-2019 Amy Veltman, DNP student

2017-2018 Kathryn Ellens, DNP Student

2016-2017 Megan Madole, DNP Student

2015-2016 Jonathan Gibson, DNP Student

The Laker Effect Challenge

The Laker Effect Challenge builds on the idea of collective impact   of the GVSU
 community on individual students, West Michigan, our state, and beyond. Lakers
 are driven by our passion for learning and using knowledge for the common
. We make a difference by focusing on others and making lasting

2018-2019 “The Zombie Apocalypse” $5,000.00. Dr. Maureen Ryan, KCON student
                   Kenny Urena, The Other Way, and Servant’s Church

 2017-2018 “Cultivating the Garden of Eating” Kirkhof College of Nursing and residents of
                    the Southwest Area neighborhood (SWAN) $1,000.00

 2016-2017 “Moms to Moms Breastfeeding Support” $3,000.00. Dr. Kelli Damstra and
                    KCON students Kayleigh Kibler and Jamie Platt