Criteria For Awards Selection

Nomination Form PDF document

The Matthew Carr Award

Presented to a graduating graduate student who has demonstrated commitment to the goals of Sigma Theta Tau and to professional nursing, and leadership within Omicron Alpha Chapter. The recipient must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates high professional and academic standards
  • Exemplifies leadership qualities through participation in OA as well as other student activities
  • Demonstrates commitment to the purposes of Sigma Theta Tau

The Community Mentor Award

Presented to a member of OA who has served as a leader and mentor in professional nursing and in OA. The recipient must meet one or more the following criteria:

  • Receives regional, national, and/or international recognition as a nursing leader in education, practice, research, and/or administration
  • Impacts on leadership in nursing through visionary and innovative approaches to leadership
  • Creates an environment that enhances the image of nursing and the profession of nursing
  • Participates in the development of nursing leaders and leadership

The Outstanding Student Performance Award

Recognizes scholarly achievement and exemplary performance in the promotion and improvement of the profession of nursing. The recipient must meet one or more the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates excellence in academic performance
  • Impacts on the practice of nursing through communication with clients and members of the health care team, by explaining the role of nursing in the health care continuum, and sharing clinical competence/abilities with chapter members and the nursing community

The Excellence in Research Award

Recognizes the accomplishments of a member of OA in the area of nursing research. The recipient must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Conducts distinguished research in nursing
  • Communicates nursing research findings through publications, presentations at conferences/ workshops/seminars, consultation, or teaching
  • Gives evidence of a history of nursing research activities

The Virginia B. Byers Professional Organization Commitment Award

Recognizes the accomplishments of an OA member who demonstrates a commitment to the advancement of the nursing profession through active participation in a variety of professional organizations as well as those professional activities of OA which foster achievement of the purposes and goals of Sigma Theta Tau, International. The recipient must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a leadership role in encouraging the use and promotion of professional standards through appointment or election to local/regional task forces, commissions, councils, or committees
  • Influences scholarly development in nursing education and/or practice through effective teaching through role modeling, consulting, and/or mentoring
  • Manifests a humanitarian approach to teaching and professional development of nurses


Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN

Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN
Dean, College of Nursing
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