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Two Hillman Scholars at UNC-Chapel Hill have been awarded for their research, further extending the reach of nursing innovation to change the complex issues facing health care systems today.

Stephanie Betancur Grondona ’23 received the Sarah Steele Danhoff Undergraduate Research Award to support her senior honors thesis research project: How Does Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Impact the Quality of Care Provided by Registered Nurses to Latinx Adults with Cancer During Their Hospitalization? Originally from Medellin Colombia, Grondona is currently enrolled in UNC’s BSN program and is expected to finish her PhD in 2023.

Kelly Tan, BSN, RN ’20 received an F31 from NIH/NINR for her research on the “Positive Psychological States and Stress Responses in Caregivers of Adults Receiving an Allogenic Bone Marrow Transplant.” Tan is a clinical nurse at Duke University Health System with an expertise in caring for patients with a variety of hematology oncology diagnoses. Her research interest includes understanding the biological underpinnings of the relationship between stress and health, improving the health of informal caregivers, and the measurement of biological stress response. She is expected to finish her PhD in 2020.

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