Two UAMS Doctoral Students Receive Geriatric Nursing Awards

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LITTLE ROCK – Two University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing doctoral students are among 14 pre-doctoral scholars selected nationally to receive up to $100,000 each to continue their advanced geriatric nursing studies over the next two years.


The scholarship awards went to:

  • Dana Carthron, a registered nurse and assistant clinical instructor in the UAMS College of Nursing who has fulfilled all Ph.D. requirements except for her dissertation
  • Melodee Harris, a geriatric nurse practitioner and registered nurse with a master’s in nursing science


They each will receive money to cover all tuition and fees and a stipend of up to $30,000 each year. The funding comes from the American Academy of Nursing, with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York City and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

The scholarship award winners are named annually by the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program (BAGNC), which is administered by the American Academy of Nursing. The awards are funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies and the Mayday Fund.


The BAGNC program was established in 2001 to prepare nursing leaders by allowing them to focus on their advanced studies and to stimulate nursing science and teaching. The program helps address a shortfall in the number of nursing academic leaders, which is limiting the capacity of nursing education programs.


“The UAMS College of Nursing is proud of Dana and Melodee, who represent the future of geriatric care in America,” said College of Nursing Dean Claudia Barone, Ed.D., R.N. “Year in and year out, the College of Nursing has some of the highest quality students of any nursing college, as evidenced by the BAGNC awards.”


In BAGNC’s seven-year history, UAMS has received 13 awards for either BAGNC’s pre-doctoral scholars or postdoctoral fellows. Postdoctoral fellow awards are $120,000 for each recipient.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit