NIU will conferred an honorary doctorate degree to Marcia
Grant, an exceptional professor who has mentored over 200 nurse scientists and
has received over $35 million in external grant funding.
A Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California, received her distinction during the Graduate School commencement, 6:30 p.m., May 10, in the NIU Convocation Center.
“Dr. Grant’s sphere of influence continues to ripple
through the School of Nursing at Northern Illinois University,” said Laura
Beamer, assistant professor of nursing at NIU. Beamer nominated Grant for the honor.
Beamer, who chairs the NIU School of Nursing Research
committee and mentors two NIU nursing professors, said she credits Grant for
teaching her important research techniques.
“Dr. Grant is a nursing luminary across the globe and
within NIU,” Beamer added.
Grant’s accomplishments are many. She holds a Ph.D., RN,
and F.A.A.N. For 31 years she was the director of her division at City of Hope
Medical Center. She served as co-director of the Cancer Control and Population
Sciences Program from 2005-2011. Grant was elected Fellow of the American
Academy of Nursing in 1991. Her contributions to nursing research – focused on
evidence-based best practice and improving quality of life for cancer patients
and survivors – are widely disseminated in over 330 publications.
“Her continuous contributions to the nursing literature has upgraded and improved the care of cancer patients throughout the world,” said Marilyn Stromborg, former chair of NIU’s School of Nursing.
Stromborg worked with Grant in the early 1980s when they
both served on the initial Oncology Nursing Society Research Committee,
developing a research agenda that served as a model for other nursing
“I credit her mentorship and sharing of research expertise
with helping increase my research productivity, ability to involve graduate
students in funded projects, and increasing successful grants that benefited
the School of Nursing,” Stromborg said.
Stromborg and Grant continued their partnership, writing
grants, conducting research, providing professional education, publishing, and
Grant has also mentored Beamer in designing, executing, and
analyzing the results of a national survey study exploring cancer program
adoption of a new guideline to screen colorectal tumors for genetic mutations.
The results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the article
was cited over 100 times.
She was and continues to receive many professional awards
and recognitions. She has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of
Nursing (FAAN) – nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management,
practice and research. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in
Additionally, she is recognized for her scholarship,
leadership, and service in oncology care. She received the Trish Green Quality
of Life Award from the American Cancer Society; the distinguished Career
Achievement Award from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association; and, the
Oncology Nursing Society Commendation for Outstanding Achievement for Oncology
Source: NIU Today CHHS News