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Doctoral Nursing Student at UT Tyler Named Fulbright Scholar

March 29, 2011

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Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

Joan Edwards of Kingwood, a doctoral nursing student at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been named a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Linda Klotz, College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.

The Fulbright Award, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, is a career-enhancing scholarship intended to foster international research and collaboration. Established in 1946 through the efforts of U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, the program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries through educational exchanges. It is considered one of the most prestigious award programs worldwide.

“The doctoral program at UT Tyler and the knowledge I am acquiring has made a tremendous impact on what I’ll be able to accomplish with the Fulbright Award,” said Edwards.

With the award, Edwards will spend the 2011 – 12 academic year in Indonesia, where she will work with faculty at five colleges of nursing on the island of Java. The project’s objective is to raise baccalaureate nursing education standards to correspond with the 2009 World Health Organization Global Standards for Initial Education of Professional Nurses and Midwives.

The project stems from 2010 meetings Edwards and her academic adviser, Dr. Beth Mastel-Smith, had with Indonesian faculty and a representative from the Indonesian Ministry of Health, supported in part by UT Tyler.

“Faculty in Indonesia expressed the desire to improve their curriculum and sought guidance in how to achieve higher standards,” said Mastel-Smith, who was instrumental in assisting Edwards achieve this honor.

Edwards will graduate in 2012 with a Ph.D. in nursing. She is a faculty member at Texas Woman’s University – Houston, where she serves as director of the Center for Global Nursing Scholarship for all three TWU campuses.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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