Student Awards

Creative Writing Awards

As nurses, we must do more to articulate what it is that we do, see, feel, and provide to our patients, families, and communities, so that our field will find its voice and speak to it in every forum possible. All students at Yale School of Nursing (YSN) are encouraged to write an account of what they do so that others will have an opportunity to peer into the world of nursing.

The 2016 Creative Writing Awards were held on April 8 at the New Haven Lawn Club featuring guest speaker Ron Suskind, author of Life Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism. Learn more about the winners and read their winning pieces.

Commencement Awards

YSN honors the contributions of graduating students. The following awards are nominated by their peers, staff, and faculty, and are selected in the spring semester. Each awardee is celebrated at commencement.

Anthony DiGuida Delta Mu Research Prize

Through the generosity of the Delta Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, a prize to be given to a graduating doctoral student has been established. This prize is awarded to a graduating student who loved doctoral study at YSN and whose love of clinical scholarship has resulted in a dissertation that best exemplifies the goals of Sigma Theta Tau and YSN to advance nursing knowledge through superior clinical scholarship and leadership.  The recipient of the prize must demonstrate creative conceptualization of a complex clinical problem for study, methodologic and analytic excellence, and superb writing.  The study must be one that offers promise in promoting a healthier population.

CT Holistic Health Association Prize

This prize is awarded to a student leading a significant clinical or research project with a focus on holistic health, and is selected by YSN faculty and a representative from the CT Holistic Health Association.

Charles King, Jr. Memorial Scholars Aid Prize

This award is given to one of the leading graduating students who has demonstrated outstanding performance in scholarship, research and clinical practice and who, through accomplishments in and leadership of all aspects of study, has inspired an admiration for professional work.

Community Service Award

YSN students become leaders in advanced practice nursing by excelling in their studies and clinical work. Their leadership skills are further honed through their involvement in the community. Over the years, our students have helped develop and have taken part in numerous area outreach programs that have enriched the lives of individuals and families in Greater New Haven.

Leadership in Nursing Practice Award

In the judgment of the faculty, the prize recipient’s capstone project best exemplifies the school’s mission of “better health for all people” and the school’s commitment to clinical practice by translating scientific evidence into nursing practice or health care policy. In the capstone project, the prize recipient demonstrates creative scholarship in conceptualizing and analyzing the problem, expertise in methodology and evaluation, and excellence in writing.

Above all, the prize recipient’s capstone project has the most potential to improve nursing practice or health care policy.

Milton and Anne Sidney Prize

This prize is awarded to a graduating student whose research praxis or thesis, best exemplifies the School’s commitment to clinical scholarship and its mission to contribute to better health care for people through systematic study of the nature and effect of nursing practice.