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Rising Nurse Researcher Award

The Rising Nurse Researcher Award is given biennially, in odd years, to a New York nurse who demonstrates excellence in developing an emerging program of research. The award was originally named the Novice Nurse Researcher Award but was updated with new criteria and a new name in 2010. (Note: current members of the Cathryne A. Welch Center for Nursing Research and Research Fellows are ineligible to be nominated or to participate in the nomination process).


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Licensed registered nurse, doctorally prepared, who has obtained at least one degree, either a baccalaureate degree or higher, in nursing;
  • Has data-based publications in peer-reviewed journals/publications which demonstrate an emerging research program;
  • Has been the Principal Investigator on at least one study;
  • As principal investigator, has received intramural and/or extramural funding in an emerging program of research;
  • Disseminates the findings of her/his research to the scientific and clinical communities;
  • Demonstrates quality and leadership in health care research which contributes to the science and art of nursing and healthcare


Rising Nurse Researcher Application



Current Rising Nurse Researcher Awardee


Picture of Allison Norful, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

2019 – Allison Norful, PhD, RN, ANP-BC


Dr. Norful currently practices as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in internal medicine and is also a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University School of Nursing with a joint appointment at Columbia University Medical Center Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.  Her focus is on improving the lives of patients and the nursing professionals that care for them.  Her research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and looks at nurse practitioner-physician co-management of primary care patients.  She is a member of several research teams including those at Columbia, Yale, Harvard, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and RAND Corporation.

As a volunteer, she works with a program for veterans, pediatric oncology patients, and organized a non-profit to provide gloves to nurses in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak.  Her philosophy includes the belief that it is important to advocate not only for all patient populations but also for colleagues of different disciplines.



Past Rising Nurse Researcher Awardees

2013 – Marilyn J. Hammer, PhD, DC, RN
2011 – Lorie Smith Goshin, PhD, MSN, RN


Past Novice Nurse Researcher Awardees

2009 – Mary Rosedale, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC
2008 – Christina Koulouglioti, PhD, RN