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Sigma announces 2019 Emerging Nurse Researchers

Five nurses will be honored during the 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary

INDIANAPOLIS —The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) will recognize five emerging nurse researchers representing Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Philippines at its 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, this July. The Emerging Nurse Researcher awards will be presented during the Second Plenary Session on Friday, 26 July 2019.

Sigma’s Emerging Nurse Researcher award was created in 2015 to recognize one nurse researcher from each of Sigma’s seven global regions who has received a PhD within the last five years and whose research has impacted the nursing profession and the people it serves.

“I am proud that Sigma encourages and recognizes the valuable contributions of emerging nurse researchers through the Emerging Nurse Researcher award,” said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC. “I offer my sincere congratulations to the five outstanding nurses being honored this year.”

Sigma’s annual Congress attracts more than 1,000 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders, who share information and learn from hundreds of peer-reviewed, evidence-based research presentations. The theme for the 30th International Nursing Research Congress is Theory-to-Practice: Catalyzing Collaborations to Connect Globally. To view details or register for the event, visit

2019 Emerging Nurse Researcher Honorees

Michael Joseph S. Dino, PhD, MAN, RN, LPT
Director, Research Development & Innovation Center
Our Lady of Fatima University
Valenzuela City

Amanda Ullman, RN, GC, PICU, MAppSci, PhD, Centaur Fellow
Associate Professor
Griffith University
Nathan, Queensland

Miguel Angel Villegas-Pantoja, DNSc, MNSc, BSN
Full-Time Professor and Researcher
Nuevo Laredo

Ana L. Solano-Lopez, PhD, RN
Professor of Nursing
University of Costa Rica
San Jose
Costa Rica

Gillian Strudwick, PhD, RN
Independent Scientist and Assistant Professor
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Toronto, Ontario

About Sigma

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, Ireland, 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