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'Update' Student Newsletter - Feb. 2012



February 20   President’s Day Holiday

February 24   Last day to DROP course w/fee

February 24   Last day to change grade option w/fee

Monthly Events Calendar from Campus Life Services

Jobs & Money!

See Special FEBRUARY Addendum: “Scholarships, Grants, and Awards.”

Scholarships, Grants and Awards, February 2012

Sponsor  Soroptimist International of the Americas/Sierra Pacific Region  Award  Fellowship  Amount  $5,000  Deadline  February 10, 2012 (post marked)  Application  Criteria  The Soroptimist International of the Americas/Sierra Pacific Region is offering fellowships of up to $5,000 to outstanding doctoral students preparing for careers that will improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.  Applicants must be entering their last year or two of study.  While financial need is not a determining factor in granting the fellowship, it may be considered when all other requirements are met by the candidates.  Info  Dianne Sharples, Fellowship Coordinator,   c/o SI Visalia,   P O  Box 747,   Visalia, CA  93279-0747,   Email      Sponsor  Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)  Award  Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship,  Amount  $1,000  Deadline  February 15, 2012  Application  Criteria  The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who are in financial need and are accepted and enrolled into an accredited school of nursing..  Info  Mail completed application forms to:,    National Chairman, DAR Scholarship Committee,    PO Box 2906,    Ridgeland, MS 39158-2906      Sponsor  Award  Healthcare Scholarship  Amount  $5,000  Deadline  February 15, 2012  Application  Criteria  A new $5,000 scholarship, exclusively for US students pursuing a degree that will help combat nursing home abuse.  The scholarship will cover non-tuition related expenses such as rent, childcare, textbooks, utilities and groceries for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Info   832-499-0470      Sponsor  UCSF Nursing Alumni Association (NAA)  Award  NAA Scholarship  Amount  $3,000 - $4,000  Deadline  February 29, 2012  Application  Criteria  Several awards for current UCSF School of Nursing students in all programs and any year of study.  No citizenship requirements.  Submit application via email to Cheryl Kemp, include a 350-word professional direction statement, and list of activities and scholarly evidence (that articulate “who you are, and what you’ve done and what you will do”).  Scholarship recipients are required to attend Alumni Day held on April 21, 2012  Info  1-415-476-2034 or      Sponsor  Mills-Peninsula Health Services Auxiliary  Award  Mills-Peninsula Health Services Scholarship  Amount  varies  Deadline  February 29, 2012  Application  Contact Lily Ling at Student Financial Aid Office for application (  Criteria  The Mills-Peninsula Health Services Auxiliary is offering scholarships to students who are current Mills-Peninsula employees, OR a resident of San Mateo county for at least one year.  Applicant's career aspiration should meet one or more of the following criteria: 1) A clinical career within a hospital setting, 2) A non-health care related career with applicability in a hospital setting, 3) Students whose major or certificate should result in a health care career for which there is community need (this excludes Ph.D., M.D., and D.D.S.), 4) Graduate programs will be considered for awards.  However, due to limited funds, priority will be given to applicants pursuing undergraduate/certificate programs in a health care career.  Info  Mills-Peninsula Scholarship Program, (650) 696-4825      Sponsor  American Nurses Association SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)  Award  Clinical Research Pre-Doctoral Fellowship  Amount  Annual fellowship stipend and tuition assistance.  Deadline  March 1, 2012  Application  Criteria  This program supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides 3-5 year fellowships to masters prepared nurses committed to pursuing doctoral study on minority psychiatric-mental health and substance abuse issues.  The research focus of the Fellows include various aspects of mental health such as child abuse, violence in intimate relationships, mental health disorders (i.e., schizophrenia, depression, post traumatic stress syndrome), substance abuse, mental health service utilization, and stigma as barrier to mental health care and personal resilience.  Info      Sponsor  Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California  Award  2012 Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship Awards Program  Amount  $5,000  Deadline  March 1, 2012 (applications must be received by the Student Financial Aid Office no later than 5:00 p.m., along with ALL supporting documents)  Application  Criteria  Applicants must have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa by a chapter in U.S. prior to entering UCSF.    Applicants must be currently enrolled at UCSF.  Students taking a leave of absence may not apply.  Students who have previously received this scholarship are ineligible.   Incomplete applications will not be considered.  If you have previously applied for this scholarship, please note that transcripts are now no longer required.  Info  Applications, Letters of Recommendation, and all correspondences can be sent: Lily Ling, UCSF PBK Scholarship Coordinator,  Student Financial Aid Office - University of California, San Francisco, 500 Parnassus Avenue, MU-201W - San Francisco, CA   94143-0246 (415) 476-4181 or fax (415) 476-6652      Sponsor  Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP)  Award  Summer Internship Opportunity (intern dates June 18 – August 15, 2012)  Amount  $5,200 stipend  Deadline  March 2, 2012  Application  Criteria  Graduate students in public health, medicine, nursing or a related field are encouraged to apply. We are looking for students with experience or interest in working with unions or social justice organizations, are organized and self-starting, have good team skills and ideally speak a second language of new immigrant workers: Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, etc. We encourage students from minority and recent immigrant groups to apply.  Info  Ingrid Denis (  or 1-888-347-2632)      Sponsor  Jewish Vocational Service  Award  JVS Scholarship  Amount  $1,000 -$5,000  Deadline  March 16, 2012  Application  Criteria  The JVS Scholarship Program, a need-based program providing scholarships for college, graduate school and vocational school to Jewish students who are permanent residents of Los Angeles County.   Info      Sponsor  Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)  Award  Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship  Amount  $5,000  Deadline  April 1, 2012  Application  Criteria  This scholarship is also available to students who have been accepted into or who are pursuing an approved course of study in the field of psychiatric nursing at the graduate level at accredited medical schools, colleges, or universities. There is a preference to females "if equally qualified".  Info  Mail completed application forms to:,   National Chairman, DAR Scholarship Committee,    PO Box 2906,    Ridgeland, MS 39158-2906,         Sponsor  Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR)  Award  DAR American Indian Scholarship  Amount  $1,000  Deadline  April 1, 2012  Application  Criteria  This scholarship is intended to help Native American college/university and technical school students of any age, any tribe, in any state at the undergraduate or graduate level. Graduate students are eligible, however, undergraduate students are given preference.  Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher. There will be no exceptions.  Info  National Chairman, DAR American Indians Committee,   PO Box 78,   Ashby, NE 69333      Sponsor  American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)  Award  Twentieth Century Midwives  Amount  1st prize $1,000  Deadline  April 1, 2012  Application  Criteria  These three awards are given to student midwives who participate in the OnGoing Group student project to meet and interview an elder midwife and record her story. Some educational programs plan to include this project as a part of the professional issues curriculum. After the interview, the student will write up the interview to be kept for historical purposes and also will write an essay about what she has learned and how this may influence her career.  Info      Sponsor  NAPNAP Foundation  Award  Graduate Student Research Grant  Amount  $1,000  Deadline  April 1, 2012 (postmark)  Application  Criteria  The NAPNAP Foundation is pleased to offer a one-year grant to support research by graduate students currently enrolled in pediatric nurse practitioner programs.  This grant is intended to encourage graduate students, who are current NAPNAP members, to participate in the research process and to stimulate interest in research regarding children and their families.  Info  (877) 662-7627 or      Sponsor  NAPNAP Foundation  Award  Nursing Research Grant  Amount  $2,500  Deadline  April 1, 2012 (postmark)  Application  Criteria  The NAPNAP Foundation awards up to two competitive grants annually to pediatric nurse practitioners conducting research to improve the health of children.  Projects consistent with the NAPNAP Research Agenda Priorities (note website) will be given priority.  Info  (877) 662-7627 or      Sponsor  Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)  Award  Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship  Amount  $15,000  Deadline  April 1, 2012  Application  Criteria  The primary purposes of the scholarship are:  to offer support to female scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally, and to increase the participation of students of color in SWS.  Student must be a woman from a racial/ethnic group facing racial discrimination in the United States.  Dissertation must be sociologically relevant scholarship that addresses the concerns of Women of Color, domestically and/or internationally.  Student must be in the early stages of writing a dissertation.  Student must be "All But Dissertation" (ABD) by the time the term of the award begins. (Must be certified by the student's advisor or Graduate Director).  Applicant must demonstrate a financial need for the award, domestic and international students are eligible to apply  Info or      Sponsor  Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund  Award  Davis-Putter Scholarship  Amount  Up to $10,000 (renewable)  Deadline  April 1, 2012 (postmark)  Application  Criteria  Need-based renewable awards to grad (& undergrad) students actively working for peace and justice (e.g. leadership in reducing health disparities). Submit statement, official transcript, two reference letters, financial statement, photo for website. Competitive renewal.  Info      Sponsor  Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards  Award  Individual Predoctoral Fellows in Nursing Research  Amount  $21,600 Stipend  Deadline  April 8, August 8, and December 8, 2012  Application  Criteria  The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellows in Nursing Research (F31) program is to train future generations of outstanding nurse scientists who are committed to research careers in scientific health-related fields relevant to the programmatic interests of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). This FOA encourages Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (F31) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to increase the number of nurses prepared with a doctoral degree in order to meet the demands for adequately trained behavioral, biological, and biobehavioral scientists. NINR is particularly interested in facilitating the progress of students who are in research training programs for recent nursing graduates and students in BSN to PhD programs. This fellowship program will provide Pre-Doctoral training support for doctoral students. The applicant should propose a research training program and dissertation research that is consistent with the scientific mission of the NINR.  Info  Lawrence Haller - or  (301) 402-1878      Sponsor  Diversity Nursing  Award  Annual Nurse Education Scholarship  Amount  $5,000  Deadline  April 30, 2012  Application  Criteria  No essay required.  To be eligible, YOU MUST Create a Jobseeker Account to enter the scholarship drawing.  Info  Pat Magrath      Sponsor  Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education  Award  Scholarship  Amount  $1,500  Deadline  May 1, 2012  Application  Criteria  You must be officially admitted to a college or school of higher education for one of the following: Master in Science in Nursing for Advance Practice in Neonatal Nursing, or Doctoral degree in Nursing.  Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and professionally active neonatal nurse.  Info or 1-856-256-2343      Sponsor  Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education  Award  Research Grant  Amount  Up to $5,000  Deadline  May 1, 2012  Application  Criteria  A professionally active neonatal nurse, actively engaged in a service, research, or educational role that contributes directly to the health care of neonates or to the neonatal nursing profession.  Info or 1-856-256-2343      Sponsor  John Muir Medical Center – Concord Campus  Award  Edna Haywood Scholarship Fund  Amount  varies  Deadline  May 1, 2012  Application  Request application package by contacting John Muir Medical Center – Concord Campus Volunteers at address below.  Criteria  Awards are based on financial need, scholastic ability, interview, essay, and personal aptitude. Applicant’s home address must be within the Medical Center service area, this includes Contra Costa and Southern Solano County.   Info  John Muir Medical Center-Concord Campus Volunteers,   Edna Haywood Scholarships,   John Muir Medical Center-Concord Campus,   2450 East Street,   Concord, CA 94520-4110      Sponsor  Hebrew Free Loan  Award  Graduate Student Loans  Amount  $7,500- $10,000  Deadline  on-going  Application  Criteria  Hebrew Free Loan offers interest-free loans to Jewish individuals in Northern California to fulfill a variety of financial needs. Those seeking loans must complete a process which includes meeting in person with a Hebrew Free Loan staff member and obtaining cosigners or a security agreement.  Once a loan application is approved, a repayment schedule is established. Repayment usually begins 30 days after receipt of the loan, and ranges from two to five years, depending on the amount of the loan.  Our student loans are intended to supplement the various financial resources available to students, any may be applied towards tuition, school-related fees, and living expenses  Info or (415) 546-9902.      Sponsor  Jonas Center  Award  Jonas Nurse Scholar Program  Amount  $10,000 ($5,000 institutional match)  Deadline  no deadline, applications accepted year round  Application  Criteria  The goal of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program is to increase the number of doctorally prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide, as advocated by the Institute of Medicine’s recent report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health  Info  lpetri@aacn.nche      Sponsor  HRSA Loan Repayment Program  Award  Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP)  Amount  A funding preference will be given to applicants with the greatest financial need, defined as those qualified applicants whose debt to salary ratio (i.e., total qualifying educational loans divided by base annual salary) is 20 percent or greater.  Deadline  2/15/2012  Application  Criteria  To be eligible to apply, you must be a registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse, such as a nurse practitioner, or nurse faculty who has completed training (diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate), is licensed and employed full time (at least 32 hours per week) at a public or private, non-profit Critical Shortage Facility or employed as a full-time nurse faculty member at a public or private non-profit school of nursing.  You must be a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized) or National and Lawful Permanent Resident and your education must be from an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. State.   Info      Sponsor  National Health Service Corp Loan Repayment Program
(Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-midwives, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists)  Award  Loan Repayment  Amount  Up to $60,000  Deadline  5/15/2012  Application  Criteria  The Loan Repayment Program offers two levels of funding, based upon the need of the community in which a provider works. The LRP will provide up to $60,000 to primary care providers practicing at an NHSC-approved site with a HPSA score of 14 or above may receive up to $60,000 and those practicing at an NHSC-approved site with a HPSA score of 13 and below up to $40,000.,   To be eligible for loan repayment, all applicants must:,   (1) Be a U.S. citizen (either U.S. born or naturalized) or U.S. National,   (2) Participate or be eligible to participate as a provider in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, as appropriate,   (3) Not have any outstanding service obligation for health professional or other service to the Federal government (e.g., an active military obligation, an NHSC Scholarship Program obligation or a Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program obligation) or a State (e.g., a State Loan Repayment Program obligation) or other entity (e.g., a recruitment bonus that obligates you to remain employed at a certain site), unless the obligation would be completed prior to 5 receipt of the NHSC LRP award (see below for exception for members of a Reserve component of the Armed Forces or National Guard),   (4) Not be in breach of a health professional service obligation to the Federal, State or local government,   (5) Not have any judgment liens arising from Federal debt,   (6) Not be excluded, debarred, suspended, or disqualified by a Federal agency  Info or Call Center at 1-800-221-9393      Sponsor  Calif. Student Aid Commission Loan Repayment Program  Award  STATE NURSING ASSUMPTION PROGRAM OF LOANS FOR
EDUCATION FOR NURSING FACULTY (SNAPLE NF)  Amount  Up to $25, 000  Deadline  June 30, 2012  Application  Criteria  The State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education for Nursing Faculty (SNAPLE NF) is designed to encourage persons to complete their graduate degree and serve as nursing faculty in a nursing program at an accredited California college or university. It will pay up to a total of $25,000 on outstanding student loans over the course of 3 academic years for teaching nursing on a full-time basis, or on a part-time basis for the equivalent of three full-time academic years.  Info or call 888-224-7268 


This is a reminder that if you work 25% or more as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR), you are eligible for full fee remission (minus the Community Campus Center and Graduate Student Association Fees).  However, please note that this remission does not apply to the Professional Fees that Master’s Students pay each quarter.

If the deadline for submitting the Fee Offset Request to the Campus Controller’s Office and Graduate Division has passed and if you have already paid your fees, you may be reimbursed at the end of the quarter by submitting the canceled check to your department.  If you are paid in this way, the reimbursement for fees is taxable.

In either of the above cases, you are responsible for making sure you work 25% time during the quarter.  Each quarter has a different number of working hours.  For example, Winter 2012 has 512 working hours and you needed to work 128 hours or 42.67 hours per month; Spring 2012 has 520 and you needed to work 130 hours or 43.33 hours per month (through the end of June).   If you do not work the prescribed number of hours, the Controller’s Office will notify the Department at the end of the quarter and ask for reimbursement. 

Because each department has its own procedure and deadlines for payroll, please check with the payroll assistant in your department.

Student Financial Services

Renew Financial Aid for 2012-13 now: 
If you plan to enroll for 2012-13 and wants to apply for federal financial assistance, complete BOTH the FAFSA as well as the online Financial Aid Application, and the deadline for both forms will be March 2, 2012.  Students who miss the deadline may only be awarded the Federal Direct Loans and Graduate PLUS through our office. 

MEPN students who will matriculate to the masters program next year:   
If you are under age 30 by December 31, 2012, you need to submit your parents’ information on the PROFILE by March 2 to be considered for “Full Funding”.  More details are available in our website.  

Online Financial Aid Services: 
The Student Financial Aid Office website ( can be accessed any time to obtain check disbursement dates, information on the financial aid process at UCSF, download Financial Aid forms, etc.  Our office is located at West Tower, Millberry Union, Room 201W. Office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Our phone number is (415) 476-4181.


Student Health Insurance after graduation! 
Students who are graduating frequently want to know when their student health coverage ends.  SHS has clarified for us that if you register for Fall 2011, Winter 2012, and Spring 2012, you are automatically covered through the end of Summer 2012.

Office of Student Affairs

Diplomas, Degrees, Credentials...

We are frequently asked by students what the difference is between a degree and a credential (e.g., NP or CNS).  The difference, in short, is that a degree is granted by the University, a credential by a credentialing body (such as the Board of Registered Nursing).  In other words, you do not become a Nurse Practitioner by completing a program in primary care at UCSF but rather only after applying for and receiving certification from an outside agency.

On your diploma, you will find the words “Master of Science” or “Doctor of Philosophy.”  All graduates of this School will be awarded either the MS degree or the PhD degree.  You will not find “MS in Community Health Nursing” or “MS in Oncology Nursing,” etc.  It would be most accurate to say that you specialized in “Community Health Nursing” or “Oncology Nursing” but this should not be confused with the actual degree.

Last, but not least, at the University of California, one can only get one Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree.  In some cases, a student may have a MS in another field, e.g., Public Health, etc., but never two degrees in the same discipline.

Nursing Student Council

Midterms are right around the corner! The NSC has some awesome events planned for the rest of this year.  To see what is happening next, look below.  However, keep your eyes and ears open for what will come!  Feel free to check out our website to see what’s up:

Also, check out the NSC bulletin board in the 2nd floor hallway. We have information posted!

Upcoming NSC Events & Updates

“Rising Tuition, Find Out Why”

Date: February 15th, 2012

Time: 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Location: Cole Hall Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave.

What: Join us as we learn about what’s happening with tuition. The UC Student Regent is coming to provide us with some great information. Also, if you are interested in becoming a Student Regent, this is a great opportunity to learn more about it.

Check the website for other events. Current ideas include:

  • Event tickets
  • Job Fairs
  • Any suggestions?

Need to reserve a room? NSC can reserve campus rooms for student group as needed

The next NSC meeting is Wednesday February 15th, 2011 at 5:00 p.m., in the Sixth Floor Doctoral Lounge of the Nursing Building. All are welcome. 

Enrichment Fund / Travel Award

Just a Reminder:
The NSC Enrichment Fund supports students attending (or presenting), or that have attended or presented, at conferences. Up to ten awards of $100 each may be awarded each quarter. Please see the NSC website for further information.

The officers of the NSC can be contacted through the UCSF global email if you have any issues or concerns you'd like to discuss. Or contact us via .

The NSC officers are:

Lung San Louie, President
(Vacant), Vice President
Danielle Latta, Treasurer
Margaret Buckwalter, Social Chair
Miranda Kramer, Faculty Program Rep
Arielle Bivas,  GSA Rep (A)
Brooke Finkmoore, GSA Rep (B)
Amy Chan,  MEPN Rep (A)
Monifa Willis,   MEPN Rep (B)