October 21, 2009 news

Graduate students, graduates and fellows of CAN-

I send you greetings from the Center for Adolescent Nursing!  For the past few years, Lyn has asked me to be a sort of gatekeeper for getting information and important communications to CAN graduate students, T01 fellows, recent graduates and others interested in youth health (friends of CAN).  If some of you think you are erroneously on this list or don't want to hear from me, send me a note and let me know!  (Current students...you don't get a choice!) 

In general, I compile information, tid-bits, etc and package them in one email every few weeks or so, which is better than a bunch of individual emails!

As always, let me know if you have questions about anything!

Scott Harpin
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PhD in Nursing recruitment event.  Next Wednesday, 10/21, 5-7pm, the School of Nursing is hosting its annual PhD Open House. The event is held in the Heritage Center of McNamara Center.  All nursing PhD students are highly-encouraged to attend.  We ask all of you spread the word to friends, peers who might be considering a PhD to attend.
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Facebook group.  I started a Facebook group, generically titled "University of Minnesota, Adolescent Health (PRC, LEAH, T01, General Peds)", to connect and get other communications in one place. It started as a part of the Friday Fellow's seminar group, but has since expanded to be anyone interested in our work and youth health. Consider joining...come on, let's be friends!  Find me on Facebook if you are having trouble hunting for the group.
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SA(H)M Annual Meeting, Toronto this year!  The Society of Adolescent (Health and) Medicine is holding its Annual Meeting in Toronto, April 7-12, 2010.  Besides being a great town, SAM will be formally presenting and sporting the new organization name which was approved by member vote this fall.  Talk to your advisor about your wishes to go to the SAHM meeting or, T01 fellows, let Jenna know soon if you've decided to go so she can help you get paperwork rolling!

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Welcome to our Adolescent Nursing DNP students!  The graduate program in the School of Nursing launched its first BS-to-DNP cohort this fall.  We are excited to welcome three new students to our graduate program in adolescent nursing:  Sara Yaron, Ti Ruff and Cindy Kellet.  These students are embarking on a 3-year program and will be the first cohort to travel through the degree that is transforming professional and advanced-practice nursing.  You will learn more about these students and the DNP degree program in the winter 2009-2010 CAN newsletter.
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CAN Database Development.  Many of you know that the Center for Adolescent Nursing developed and submitted a T32 Training grant to the MCHB this past May.  While preparing this grant, we learned that we need to develop a more robust database for our graduates, our fellows, our students, overall.  This fall and winter, the database is being developed and fine-tuned by our database guru, Mike Edie.  Each spring, Jenna Baumgartner asks everyone for an updated CV which is invaluable information to update the database and allows us to best report on our program successes.

Take home messages...1) when Jenna emails you for CV updates (current students) or address/work changes (graduates or past fellows), please be timely in your response so she gets that information. 2) We may be in touch with you over the winter to get further information to build-out and complete the database fields.  Know that any information you share is kept confidential (according to FERPA) and will be used only for grant reporting to our federal funders.
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From Ann Garwick, Director of Research in the SoN:

Greetings students,
Attached you will find information about the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Student Poster Competition that includes instructions on how to submit your 300 word research or evidenced based abstract for review by Friday, October 23 to the Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship in 6-101 Weaver-Densford Hall.

This competition is open to all students. We encourage you to apply. Be sure to contact your advisor ASAP if you plan to apply.

The annual Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Conference will be held in Kansas City, MO, April 8-11, 2010 at the Westin Crown Center. Graduate (PhD, DNP, MN, MS) and undergraduate student poster competition finalists from the School of Nursing will have the opportunity to present their posters at MNRS.

From Lyn...all nursing graduate students are encouraged to submit research!
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From Lyn via the NIH/MCHB listserv:

NIH Loan Repayment programs

Participants Receive Up to $35,000 Annually - Deadline is December 1, 2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) repays outstanding student loans through its extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). The LRPs target researchers who are or will be conducting nonprofit biomedical or behavioral research, and the application cycle opens September 1. The five extramural LRPs are Clinical Research, Pediatric Research, Health Disparities Research, Contraception and Infertility Research, and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. Applications will be accepted online until 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on December 1, 2009, at www.lrp.nih.gov <http://www.lrp.nih.gov> .
 
Please share this e-mail with researchers in your organization who may benefit from this career-enhancing opportunity. The December 1 deadline will approach quickly.

BENEFITS: New LRP contracts are awarded for a two-year period and repay up to $35,000 of qualified educational debt annually. Tax offsets also are provided as an additional benefit. Participants may apply for competitive renewals, which are issued for one or two years. Undergraduate, graduate, medical school, and other health professional school loans qualify for repayment. An NIH grant or other NIH funding is not required to apply for or participate in the LRPs. 


ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree (with the exception of the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP); be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; devote 20 hours or more per week to conducting qualified research funded by a university, nonprofit organization, or federal, state, or local government entity; and have qualified educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary.


AWARDS: Each year, some 1,600 research scientists benefit from the more than $70 million NIH invests in their careers through the extramural LRPs. Twenty-six percent of awards are made to individuals within one to five years of receiving their doctoral degree. More than 75 percent of awards go to individuals within 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree. Approximately 40 percent of new applications and 70 percent of renewal applications are funded.

QUESTIONS? Visit the LRP website at www.lrp.nih.gov <http://www.lrp.nih.gov>  for more information and to access the online application. For additional assistance, call or e-mail the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 or lrp@nih.gov.

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Scott Harpin, MS, MPH, APRN-BC <harp0083@umn.edu>
Center for Adolescent Nursing
University of Minnesota

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