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Dr. Sara Donevant

Congratulations to ACORN faculty member, Sara Donevant on her student’s poster award at Discover USC 2024:

  • Morning UG: Health Sciences B, Tie - Second Place

               Knowledge of and Bias Towards Medicolegal Cases by Nurses and the Effect on the Quality of Care for Patients Rose Ferguson, Nursing  (major) – Senior. Dr. Sara Donevant, College of Nursing (mentor)

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Dr. Carolyn Sue-Ling

Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Sue-Ling who received the Rising Investigator Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society’s Aging/Gerontology Research Interest Group at the February 2024 annual conference!

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Dr. Lorie Donnelle

Dr. Lorie Donelle was the keynote speaker for the Public Healthy Agency BC, Canada's Public Health and Equity in the Digital Age conference on November 21, 2023 and presented on November 22, 2023. Dr. Donelle's keynote title was, TechE4 Health: Accelerating Innovation (AI) or Advancing Inequity (AI).

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Dr. Cindy Corbett

By invitation from Dr. Sandra Bibb, Sigma Global Nursing Excellence President, Cindy Corbett will serve as the Chair of the Research and Scholarship Advisory Council for the 2023-2025 Biennium.

ACORN Center Student Scholars and Recent Graduates

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Tomoharu Ono, & Sydney Reichardt, BSN

Congratulations to ACORN SEEDS-affiliated students on their poster awards at Discover USC 2024:

  • Morning UG: Health Sciences A, Second Place:

``````Exploring the Relationships Between Stress and Substance Use in Undergraduate Students at the University of South Carolina Sydney Reichardt, Nursing - (major)  Senior, Addisen Simpson, Nursing (major) –Senior, Tomoharu Ono, Nursing  (major) – Freshman. Dr. Cynthia Corbett, ``````College of Nursing (mentor)

  • Afternoon UG: Health Sciences DD:  First Place:

````` Stress and Coping Mechanisms in Nursing Students: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study Tomoharu Ono, Nursing - (major) – Freshman. Dr. Demetrius Abshire, College of Nursing


Natalie Trimble, BSN

Congratulations to Natalie Trimble for winning the Steven N. Swanger Award.


Khushi Patel, BS

Congratulations to Khushi Patel, former ACORN Center Undergraduate Scholar and current staff member, whose research poster, Understanding mistrust in the patient-provider relationships of South, was judged to be in the “Top-10” of all student posters at the Southern Nursing Research Society’s February 2024 annual conference!

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Charlotte Burts, BSN Student

Charlotte Burts, mentored by Dr. Pam Wright, was featured in Crosstalk, a student-ran magazine for the undergraduate office of research, for Issue 7.

Charlotte has been selected to receive a $1000 Palmetto Gold Scholarship. She will be honored at the Palmetto Gold gala on Saturday April 27, 2024.

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Hannah Hardy, BSN Student

Hannah Hardy was granted the Mini Magellan award in December 2023. Hannah will be conducting a community-based participatory research (CBPR) needs assessment with Dr. Cindy Corbett and Dr. Lorie Donelle. To complete this needs assessment, they will be working with the Humanities Foundation, a non-profit organization that constructs and manages living communities for lesser resourced low-income older adults in Charleston, South Carolina. 

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