December 2021


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December PhD Open House

Our first virtual PhD Open House was a success! On behalf of the UF College of Nursing, we were overjoyed to see the faces of prospective PhD students and we are excited to host the next edition of our Open House series on Tuesday, Jan. 11!

Below is a special video that was shared at last month's session. College of Nursing faculty Ann Horgas and Staja "Star" Booker, along with PhD student Jianli Wu, played a game to see how much Gator Nursing PhD mentors and students know about each other.

Watch the game here! 


Here are some responses to "Frequently Asked Questions" from our last Open House session!

What funding opportunities are available for students?

All of our PhD students receive some form of funding. Federal loans and financial aid are available for the fall, spring and summer semesters for graduate students. Multiple scholarships and assistantships are available and more information can be found here.

What is the time commitment? 

The PhD program is a full-time commitment. Students will be expected to participate in research and classwork on a weekly basis. For an example PhD class schedule for the fall, spring and summer semesters, visit here.

How do I apply?

To apply, all applicants must submit the University of Florida Graduate Program Application AND submit a NursingCAS application.

For complete information on how to apply, please visit the BSN to PhD or MSN to PhD homepage.

When are applications due?

Preference is given to applicants who submit all application materials by March 1, 2022.

After March 1, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until the final application deadline of June 1, 2022. International applicants should apply as soon as possible to permit adequate time for processing.


Native American Heritage Month

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we spoke to Lisa Scarton, PhD, RN, assistant professor in the Family, Community and Health Systems Science department at the College of Nursing and a member of the Choctaw Nation, to learn about her research and how she celebrates her heritage. Scarton’s research focuses on Type 2 diabetes and cancer-related health disparities in underserved populations, with a special focus on American Indian populations. We were also joined by Brendan David-John and Mikaela David-John, two of the co-founders of Gator AISES, the only UF student organization solely dedicated to promoting Indigenous cultures!

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Lisa Scarton (right), with her grandmother.


Research Roundup

Two College of Nursing researchers, Miriam Ezenwa and Diana Wilkie, earned a four-year, $6.3 million grant to investigate if therapies such as acupuncture and guided relaxation could be used to reduce addictive medications when treating chronic pain caused by sickle cell disease.

The award from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a division of the National Institutes of Health, will fund a study evaluating acupuncture and a cognitive-behavioral technique named guided relaxation as therapies to ease pain in sickle cell disease patients. 

Read more about the team's research here!

Season's Greeting's from the UF College of Nursing!


To learn more about the University of Florida College of Nursing's PhD programs, including faculty mentors and admissions information, visit here or contact Mailing Pauzauskie at!


Current PhD students, if you have information for Discover Magazine, submit it to Kyle Chambers at!


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