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.

 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.​

Annie Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching

Ms. Goodrich, founder of YSN and the school’s first Dean, was an outstanding nursing leader and educator whose vision set the course for nursing education. Each year, students recognize an outstanding faculty member who carries on the tradition of nursing excellence in the field of nursing education. 

Requesting nominations from YSN students. Click here to nominate an outstanding faculty member.

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, methodological and analytical excellence, and superb writing.  The study must be one that offers promise in promoting a healthier population. 

Requesting nominations from ​Doctoral Program faculty. Click here to nominate a doctoral student.

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.

Requesting nominations from faculty and staff. Click here to nominate a student.

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.

Requesting nominations from faculty and students. Click here to nominate a student.

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.

Requesting nominations from ​YSN students, faculty, and staff. Click here to nominate a student.

D.A.I.S.Y. Faculty Award

The D.A.I.S.Y. Faculty Award is sponsored by the D.A.I.S.Y. Foundation, in memory of J. Patrick Barnes and supported by the Barnes family. In 1999 the foundation was established to honor Patrick who died at the age of 33 from complications of ITP. Because of the excellent nursing care received by Patrick during his illness, the family developed the D.A.I.S.Y. Award (DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) to be given to extraordinary nurses.

More recently the foundation added the D.A.I.S.Y. Faculty Award to recognize nursing faculty members for excellence in education and for their influence on their nursing students.

Requesting nominations from faculty and YSN students. Click here to nominate faculty.

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.

Requesting nominations from  faculty. Click here to nominate a student.

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. 

Requesting nominations from  faculty. Click here to nominate a student.

Staff Recognition Award

The Student Government Organization would like to recognize an exceptional member of the YSN staff by presenting him or her with this award.  The award will be given to a staff member who provides outstanding service to the YSN community.   The administrative staff is essential in keeping the doors of YSN open every day.  Their behind-the-scenes work supports our work as students and faculty, and can be measured in our success.  The purpose of this award is to acknowledge a staff member who completes this important work with energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment.

Requesting nominations from  YSN students and faculty. Click here to nominate a student.