Sigma Announces Three Emerging Nurse Researchers for 2018

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) will recognize emerging nurse researchers at Sigma’s 29th International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia, 19-23 July 2018. On Friday, 20 July 2018, these three individuals — representing Canada, South Africa, and Taiwan — will be presented with the Emerging Nurse Researcher award.

Created in 2015, the Emerging Nurse Researcher award recognizes one nurse researcher from each Sigma global region who has received his or her PhD within the last five years and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. 

“I want to congratulate these emerging nurse researchers,” said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC. “I am excited to learn from each of them about all they have accomplished in their early careers and the incredible effect their work will have on health and nursing worldwide.”

Sigma’s annual congress attracts nearly 1,000 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders, who learn from evidence-based research presentations. The theme for the 29th International Nursing Research Congress is Innovative Global Nursing Practice and Education Through Research and Evidence-Based Practice. To view details or register for the event, visit


2018 Emerging Nurse Researcher Honorees

Hsiao-Yean Chiu, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing, Taipei Medical University

Bukola O. Salami, PhD, MN, BScN, RN 
Assistant Professor
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Shelley Schmollgruber, PhD, RN, RM 
Associate Professor
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa   


The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 530 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Learn more at