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'Update' Student Newsletter Feb. 2014


Update” - February 2014 Issue
UCSF School of Nursing Student Newsletter


February 17   President’s Day Holiday

February 21   Last day to DROP course from study list

February 21   Last day to change grade option on study list

Jobs & Money!

See below at end of document:
Special FEBRUARY Addendum “Scholarships, Grants, and Awards.”


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.  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 2014 has 512 working hours and you needed to work 128 hours or 42.67 hours per month; Spring 2014 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 HR Coordinator in your department.

Student Financial Services

Introducing - Our New Resource Adviser: 
The Financial Aid Office is very pleased to announce that we now have a new Resource Adviser, Carole Ann Simpson, to help UCSF students understand and manage their loans.  Carole Ann has recently joined our team and comes to us with many years of expertise working at colleges and universities in financial aid and in debt management.  Watch for emails and notices via your newsletter about upcoming group meetings that Carole Ann will conduct for graduating nursing students.  Her primary role is to help you successfully navigate student loan repayment! 

Renew Financial Aid for 2014-15 Now:  If you plan to enroll for 2014-15 and want to apply for federal financial assistance, complete BOTH the FAFSA as well as the online UCSF Financial Aid Application, and the deadline for both forms will be March 3, 2014.  Students who miss the deadline may only be awarded the Federal Direct Loan and Graduate PLUS through our office. 

MEPN students who will matriculate to the master's program next year:   If you are under age 30 by December 31, 2014, you need to submit your parents' information on the PROFILE by March 3 to be considered for “Full Funding”.  You can choose to apply for “Basic Funding” and not submit the PROFILE.  Details about both funding options are available in our website.  

Nurse Midwifery Students Graduating in Summer 2014: Students in the nurse midwifery program who will graduate in Summer 2014 should complete the 2014-15 FAFSA and online Financial Aid Application if they want financial aid for this last quarter, as Summer Quarter belongs to the 2014-15 academic year at UCSF.

Financial Aid Overview Information:  Financial Aid Overview webpages for MEPN, master's, doctoral, and post-master's students are available in our website (  These webpages cover important topics for each curriculum and frequently asked questions from students.

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 SFSO forms, etc.  Our office is located at Millberry Union, Room 201W. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm.  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 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014, you are automatically covered through the end of Summer 2014.

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

Thanks to all that came out in support of the UCSF Formal and a special congrats to the Bear Hug Recipients!

The NSC is happy to share that the School of Nursing had the largest response to the vote regarding the Unified Student Government!! This enthusiasm and participation will shape the future of UCSF and we thank you.

Please attend our next Social 2/19/2014 @ 5:00 p.m. in the Mezzanine - prizes, information and FREE FOOD!

Would you like to hear what's going on or participate in making a difference in the School of Nursing?
ATTEND NSC MEETINGS: 2/26/2014, 5pm room: #N-617.

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards, Feb. 2014

Sponsor Alpha Eta Chapter at UCSF of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
Award Research Award
Amount varied
Deadline 2/7/2014
Criteria The sole eligibility criterion for an Alpha Eta Chapter Research Award is active (paid) membership in Sigma Theta Tau/Alpha Eta Chapter. Only complete and eligible applications received electronically by the published deadline (February 7th) will be reviewed.
Info Carrie Jacobson,
Sponsor Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Services- HRSA
Award NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
Amount 60% of total qualifying Nursing Educational Loan Balance
Deadline 2/27/2014
Criteria Be a U.S. citizen (either U.S. born or naturalized), U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident; Have received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, an associate degree, a diploma, or a doctoral degree in nursing (see Definitions) Be employed as a full‐time RN, defined as at least 32 hours per week, at a public or private nonprofit Critical Shortage Facility (see page 8); ‐OR Be employed as a full‐time nurse faculty member at an accredited, public or private nonprofit eligible school of nursing Have outstanding qualifying educational loans leading to a diploma or degree in nursing Have completed the nursing education program for which the loan balance applies and Have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted license to practice as an RN in the State in which they intend to practice or be authorized to practice in that State
Info 1-800-221-9393 or
Sponsor UCSF Nursing Alumni Association (NAA)
Award NAA Scholarship
Amount $3,000 - $4,000
Deadline 3/07/2014
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 Jill Lam, includes 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 May 31, 2014.
Info 1-415-476-6974 or
Sponsor UCSF Graduate Division
Award Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA)
Amount $2,000
Deadline 3/1/2014
Criteria One-time research grants up to $2,000. Eligibility requirements include: Registered PhD and DPTSc students who have advanced to candidacy and are conducting research for their dissertation. Applications are due March 1.
Info Wendy Winkler Sawyer (415) 476-6031 or
Sponsor UCSF Graduate Division
Award Earle C. Anthony Travel Award
Amount $700
Deadline Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Criteria Provides up to $700 for travel expenses. Eligibility requirements include: Registered PhD, Masters and DPTSc students in good academic standing with no outstanding fee balance. Presenting a paper or poster at a professional meeting. Applications due at least 10 business days in advance of the proposed departure date.
Info Wendy Winkler Sawyer (415) 476-6031 or
Sponsor American Nurses Association SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)
Award Clinical Research Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Amount Annual fellowship, stipend and tuition assistance.
Deadline 3/1/ 2014
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.
Sponsor Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP)
Award Summer Internship Opportunity (intern dates June 16 – August 15, 2014)
Amount $5,200 stipend
Deadline 3/14/2014
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 for Los Angeles County Residents
Amount $2,000 -$5,000
Deadline 3/31/2014 (postmark)
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.
Sponsor Mills-Peninsula Health Services Auxiliary
Award Mills-Peninsula Health Services Scholarship
Amount varies
Deadline 4/1/2014
Application To receive an application for the Mills-Peninsula Scholarship Program,  
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) 696-4602
Sponsor Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)
Award Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship
Amount $15,000
Deadline 4/1/2014
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 Please email Gail Wallace at and Lorena Garcia at  with applications or questions.
Sponsor Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards
Award Individual Predoctoral Fellows in Nursing Research
Amount $21,600 Stipend
Deadline 4/8/2014
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 bio-behavioral 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 Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education
Award Scholarship
Amount $1,500
Deadline 5/1/2014
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 5/1/ 2014
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