USF College of Nursing PhD student Glenna S. Brewster receives John A. Hartford Foundation Patricia G. Archbold Scholar Award
University of South Florida College of Nursing PhD student, Glenna S. Brewster, MS, RN, FNP-BC, received the 2013– 2015 John A. Hartford Foundation Patricia G. Archbold Scholar Award from the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) for her excellence and leadership in education.
USF College of Nursing PhD student, Glenna S. Brewster, MS, RN, FNP-BC
“The receipt of this grant is the launching pad for my career,” Brewster said. “I intend to capitalize on all the opportunities to network with and learn from seasoned researchers and mentors. In order for me to conduct life-changing research, I have to understand all aspects of the research process and this funding will allow me to remain at USF and continue to work, observe and participate in research. I am excited about my growth as a researcher over the next 2 years.”
Brewster will receive a total of $100,000 for two years to cover for tuition waivers, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, grants-in-aid, and more. As an Archbold Scholar, she will continue to work as a Graduate Research Assistant, under the mentorship of USF Nursing Professor and Endowed Chair, Meredeth Rowe, RN, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, in the College’s Caregiving Lab.
“Brewster earned this award through hard work and dedication in her professional and academic endeavors,” Dr. Rowe said. “She is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults particularly by furthering our understanding of depression and its ramifications. Her potential to make a difference through research is exceptional given her talents and the richness of this award. It will be a pleasure to work with her and enjoy her successes.”
Brewster will conduct research on the R01 National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded study, led by Dr. Rowe, entitled “Improving Dementia Caregiver Sleep & the Effect on Heart Disease Biomarkers.” She will also continue to participate in study activities including data recruitment, data collection and analyses, and research publication and presentation.
As a mentor, Dr. Rowe will meet with Brewster weekly to advise her in the researcher role, help her develop poster and paper presentations, grant submissions and applications for the postdoctoral period. Brewster will have two additional mentors including Professor and Ronald and Elizabeth Blake Distinguished Professor in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Christine L. Williams, DNSc, PMHCNS-BC, and Assistant Professor of Aging Studies from USF Health, Aryn Harrison, PhD. Dr. Williams will mentor Brewster regarding depression in older adults and leadership in geriatric nursing, while Dr. Harrison will provide mentoring in measuring cognitive performance.
“I am very proud that I received this award but I know that this would not have been possible without a team believing in me and my potential,” Brewster said. “Dr. Rowe, who assisted me throughout the entire process, my advisor, USF Nursing Associate Professor and Academic Affairs and Interprofessional Initiatives Associate, Rita F. D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FNAP, my other mentors, the professors who wrote my recommendation letters, and the research lab team who guided me with the budget and the final assembly of the grant submission respectively. One of the most important persons in my team is my mother who funded the start of this journey and I would not have been here without her.”
NHCGNE Scholar Award Program, created to increase academic gerontological nursing capacity in the United States, helps develop academic gerontological nursing capacity in the United States. NHCGNE Scholars, in collaboration with their mentors, will implement a tailored professional plan which supports development of new competencies and enhanced effectiveness as an academic leader.
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