Student Spotlights

PhD student selected for Latino Center for Health student scholars fellowship 

Molly Parker, a PhD student at the WSU College of Nursing, was one of 11 students in the health sciences in Washington named to the Latino Center for Health’s 3rd Annual Student Scholars Fellowship Program.  

The fellowship provides financial and community support to students to help meet the demand statewide for Latinx and Spanish-speaking healthcare workers.  

“The recipients of the Latino Center for Health Student Scholars Fellowship Program are the future leaders of Latinx communities in our state and region,” said Dr. Leo Morales, professor and assistant dean at the UW School of Medicine and co-director of the Latino Center for Health.  

Recent BSN graduate awarded first place for poster presentation by APHA 

Hannah O’Flanagan, an Honors College BSN student who graduated in December, was awarded first place for her poster presentation in the public health section at the national American Public Health Association conference this fall.  

Her poster was titled “User perceptions of a wildfire smoke risk reduction smartphone app among young adults with asthma.”   

Three DNP students receive rural nursing health scholarships  

Three Doctor of Nursing Practice students from the WSU College of Nursing were selected to receive the UW Premera Rural Nursing Health Initiative scholarship. Gabriela Byrne, Caleb Tadesse and Lindsey Karlsen all will receive a $10,000 stipend to defray their living expenses during a rural clinical rotation.  

The initiative is designed to give DNP students experience in rural primary care practice, in improving health outcomes for rural communities, and in working with diverse, underserved populations.  

Undergraduate student’s thesis popular in Pain Management Nursing journal 

An undergraduate thesis by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student at WSU was one of the top 10 most-downloaded papers in 2020 from the journal Pain Management Nursing. 

Selena Clem (BSN ’19) was lead author on the study, “Cannabis Use Motivations among Adults Prescribed Opioids for Pain versus Opioid Addiction.” As an Honors College student, Clem was required to complete a senior thesis and present it to faculty before graduation. Associate Professor Marian Wilson was Clem’s honors faculty advisor, and following graduation continued to work with her on the paper that was published in Pain Management Nursing.