For immediate release: May 17, 2006

GALVESTON, Texas — A grant of $886,704 will be used by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to provide stipends to seven students pursuing doctoral degrees in nursing whose career plans include teaching at the university level.

The U.S. Department of Education funds the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need grant. It provides fellowships in areas of national need, including nursing. The grant is for $295,568 annually for three years.

Alice Hill, project director and director of the nursing doctoral program in the UTMB School of Nursing, was surprised to learn that the GAANN grant funded seven fellowships. “We had requested three fellowships and they gave us seven,” she said. Hill learned of the award from Rep. Ron Paul’s office.

“Nursing is facing a shortage of nursing faculty at a time when there is a need to increase the number of graduates from nursing schools,” Hill said. “Given the shortage of nurses, and given the shortage of nursing faculty needed to educate a new cadre of nurses, it is imperative that we not only increase the number of faculty but that we increase the number of faculty with the highest level of educational preparation.”

The nursing Ph.D. program at UTMB is offered through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In addition to Hill, key personnel include Kathleen Lucke, Christell Bray, Elizabeth Reifsnider, Darlene Martin and Carolyn Phillips. Fellowships will be awarded starting with the fall semester.

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