June 12, 2008 | Two University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) employees in the College of Nursing have been selected by the American Academy of Nursing to receive $220,000 and are among just 25 fellows and scholars nationally to receive such awards.
Leanne Leffler, Ph.D., an advanced practice nurse, was one of 10 Claire M. Fagin postdoctoral fellows who will receive $60,000 annually for two years to support advanced research training, mentorship, leadership and career development.
Krista Sifford, an advanced practice registered nurse, was one of 15 predoctoral scholars who will receive a scholarship covering tuition and fees of up to $50,000 per year for two years to support their doctoral training and launch careers in academic geriatric nursing.
The announcements were part of $2.1 million in awards handed out by the
“There is a continual need to ensure that the health care needs of the growing number of older adults in Arkansas is being met,” said Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N., director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. “The fellowships and scholarships awarded to these talented health professionals is a big step towards the preparation to help meet that demand.”
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the