School of Nursing Hooding Ceremony and Commencement Awards

Doctoral Awards

Lavinia Lloyd Dock Award for Scholarly Writing


2020: Anna Leo Enright
2019: Jennifer L. Bowen
2018: Allison Sloan Cable

First awarded 2009: Lavinia Lloyd Dock was one of the earliest nurse leaders to contribute substantially to the nursing literature. She served as the first foreign editor of The American Journal of Nursing and authored one of the seminal nursing textbooks of the late 19th century: Materia Medica for Nurses (1890). Among her other contributions were Hygiene and Morality (1907), and A History of Nursing (4 Volumes, 2 with Adelaide Nutting).

This award honors Dock’s commitment to advancing nursing knowledge through scholarly writing and is awarded to the DNP student who has best evidenced this ability throughout the DNP program. 

Master's Awards

Harriet Towle Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice Award

2021: Patrick Joseph Curran
2020: Teyha Rachelle Johnson
2019: Jermaine Dario Okang Thomas
2018: Jessica Naa Jama Odotei

This award was established in 1989 by the nursing faculty. In 2006, the award was renamed in memory of Harriet Towle, a 1910 graduate of the MGH School of Nursing and is given annually to a student whom the faculty has selected and who has met several criteria, including documented evidence of clinical judgment and caring and demonstrated initiative and leadership in practice.

The recipient must demonstrate respect and empathy for others, enthusiasm, and intellectual curiosity, and be perceived as articulate, conscientious, and patient. 

Rebecca Colvin Prize

2021: Samantha K. Harris and Karlie Laine Kobylarz
2020: Teyha Rachelle Johnson
2019: Valerie Marissa Kiers
2018: Barbara McCarthy

First awarded 1996, this prize was established by Mr. and Mrs. George Herzlinger to commemorate the life of Rebecca Colvin, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Colvin, who died during her sophomore year at Princeton. The prize is awarded annually to a student in recognition of the development of an exceptional scholarly project. Exceptional writing and scholarly integration of theory and research, as well as application to advanced practice nursing, are recognized. The four criteria used in the selection include originality, contribution to advanced practice nursing, quality, and scholarly value. Mrs. Colvin '64 is an alumna.

Josephine Mangio Keaveney Memorial Nursing Prize

2021: Ana Rita Bastos De Sena
2020: Alexandra M. Carlson
2019: Susan Michele Granato
2018: Isra Hashmi

First awarded 2003, this prize was established by Madeline M. Keaveney to honor her mother, Mrs. Josephine E. Keaveney, a 1940 graduate of the MGH School of Nursing. Mrs. Keaveney, who worked as a nurse at MGH for several years, later taught LPNs at Pondville State Hospital in Walpole, MA. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student from the RN post-professional program who best exemplifies the caring, spirit, and professionalism of Mrs. Josephine E. Keaveney.

Exceptional Advanced Practice Clinician and Mentor Award

2021: Mary Jane Estrada-Lyder, MSN, RN, ANP-BC
2020: Christopher Shaw
2019: Michelle A. Quirk
2018: Christopher Shaw
2017: Sarah C. Rossmassler, MS, ANP-BC, ACHPN '01

First awarded in 2007, this award honors a distinguished role model and teacher who demonstrates excellence as an advanced practice clinician and educator. A student-nominated award at the advanced practice level, it provides an opportunity to recognize the individual who combines expert patient care, teaching theoretical concepts, and advanced clinical skills to students in the advanced practice role. This award is presented to those who personify the skills of an expert advanced practice clinician, including evidence-based practice, caring, role modeling, teaching, and compassion. 

Judith A. Fong Nursing Faculty Prize

2021: Elena Bizounok, DNP, WHNP
2020: Alisa Pascale
2019: Maria Pia Terra
2018: Leslie Gibson Young
2017: Megan R. May, MS, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC '05

First awarded in 2007, This prize was established in 2006 through the generosity of Richard Bressler and Judith A. Fong, a 1968 graduate of the MGH School of Nursing and a current Trustee, to recognize and reward extraordinary clinical excellence by a nursing preceptor. Recipients have demonstrated distinction in the role of mentor to one or more students in the nursing program, and model clinical excellence in nursing practice. The award further recognizes the preceptor who identifies the teaching role as core to professional nursing responsibilities, incorporates principles of adult specific teaching/learning theories, demonstrates recognition of individual student learning needs, and is flexible and seeks out opportunities to help students learn and adapt to the clinical nurse role.

DAISY Faculty Award

2021: Dermot Lahey, MS, ACNP, BC and Clara M. Gona, PhD, FNP-BC
2020: Mary Beth Coughlin, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC  and Margie Sipe, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL
2019: Nancy M. Terres, PhD, MS, RN and Rita Drummond Olans, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, APRN-BC
2018: Inge Corless, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN and Debra Kelly, DNP, RN

First awarded at the Institute in 2016, DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family. The family recalled the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. They wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program - The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses.

The Foundation's programs celebrate nurses and the compassion they provide to patients and families, reflecting all that is positive about their work in a way that is especially meaningful to nurses. The Foundation established the DAISY Faculty Award® to recognize dedicated nursing faculty who have profound impact on the future practice of their students through their commitment and inspirational influence. There are now over 2,100 healthcare organizations in 15 countries, committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award!

The MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing has established a DAISY Faculty Award in memory of Dr. Lena Sorensen.

Baccalaureate Awards

Faculty and Student Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award

First awarded in 2009, this award is given to students graduating from the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program who has been identified by peers and faculty as demonstrating outstanding class leadership.

Previous Winners:

2021 - William Thornton
2020 - Jenna Marie Kremer, Conor Ward
2019 -  Erica Christen Tavares, Evan Kha
2018 -  Johny Chau
2017 – Jennifer Francesca Kesselman
2017 -  Julia Ellen Wagner
2016 – Ira Hashmi
2016 – Laura Crowe McKenna
2015 – Peter William Dennis
2015 – Richard A. Wyant, Jr.
2014 – Molly Rose Hershman
2014 – Ryan N. Allen
2013 – Jennifer Lynn Singer
2013 – Kemper N. Thompson
2012 – Elizabeth Marie Sivertsen
2011 – Colleen H. Webb
2010 – Maryellen Graham
2009 – Richard Spencer Fitzgerald II

Faculty Recognition for Academic/Clinical Excellence

This award is given to students graduating from the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program (ABSN) with an outstanding grade point average and the strongest faculty recommendations attesting to overall academic and clinical achievement. 

Previous Winners:

2021 - Juliet Tripaldi
2020 - Liam David McCarthy, Alyssa Julia Carroll
2019 - Elisa M. DaCunha, Christabel Obehi Oboh
2018 - Valerie Lynn Ripley
2017 – Hannah Rose Brickley
2017 – Johannes Mosquera Wilson
2016 – Mairghread Foley
2016 – Lauren A. Tobin
2015 – Adam Joseph Jordan
2015 – Alexia C. Marcous
2014 – Alison Maria DeVita
2014 – Johnathon B. Holmes
2013 – Joana Shubert
2013 – Afusat Taiwo Oshodi-Abikan
2012 – Carolyn L. Regan
2011 – Emilie Eaton Beardsley
2011 – Jessica Aubrey Ridd
2010 – Ian R. Penn
2010 – Gretchen Anderson Kilbourne
2009 – Sarah Lynn Dewitt
2009 – Brianna Christine Jakubik

Loyd Nichols Staats Scholarship

First awarded in 2009: Established under the aegis of the MGH Nurses' Alumnae Association (NAA) Endowed Fund at the MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing, the funding for this scholarship was derived from the 1996 estate of Mary Hortense Staats, MGH School of Nursing Class of 1937. The scholarship is named to honor the memory of Loyd Nichols Staats, Mary's brother, who died at the young age of one year. It is awarded annually to an Accelerated BSN student in recognition of excellence in the theory and practice of nursing.

Previous Winners:

2021 - Meng-Chen Lo
2020 - Alyssa Julia Carroll
2019 - Jessica Olawumi Ariyayole Olawoye
2018 - Ana Julia Medina Pilar
2017 – Julia Ellen Wagner
2016 – Luciana Batista
2015 – Thomas Allan Peak
2014 – Alison E. Doppelt
2013 – Brendan Roarke McDonald
2012 – Heather V. Quirk
2011 – Kellie N. Howes

Wetherill Award

First awarded in 2015: Established at the McLean Hospital School of Nursing in 1936 and subsequently transferred to the MGH School of Nursing, the award was established with a gift from E. Stanley Abbott in memory of Marion Wetherill Abbott and her mother. The award is presented to two or more members of the graduating class who have been the most actuated throughout their course by the spirit of thoughtfulness for others or to have most developed that spirit while in the school.

Previous Winners:

2021 - Ming-Tai Kuo
2020 - Katherine E. Connelly
2019 - Clifford Derius, Julika Natalia Wocial
2018 - Gabrielle Howard
2017 – Bruna Miranda Moro
2017 – Sally Ann VanderPloeg
2016 – Charlotte Merrill Frew
2016 – Anna Christina Tavares
2015 – Sarah Augusta Cochrane
2015 – Peter William Dennis

Quinn Award for Social Justice in Nursing

Established by Dr. Lisa Quinn in 2020, this award is given to one or more Black students in good academic standing, who demonstrate leadership qualities and involvement in social activities, and entering the final semester of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Previous Winners:

2021 - Yolande N. Njongue