Pamela Taylor was named the Outstanding Dissertation Award winner in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and health sciences category by NIU Graduate School. The dissertation, “Exploring the Effectiveness of a Computer-Delivered Alcohol Intervention in First Generation College Students,” used both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Taylor, who graduated with a doctorate degree in Health Sciences in 2019. “A lot of time and hard work went into my dissertation; it is so nice to receive recognition on the research I completed.”
Taylor is a member of the inaugural cohort of NIU’s Ph.D. in Health Sciences program. She currently serves as the associate dean of nursing at Aurora University.
“NIU helped prepare me for this role through the course work I completed and the guidance faculty provided throughout the program,” Taylor said. “I am now serving as a resource and mentor to others as I hope to pass on what I learned while continuing to contribute to the profession.”
Taylor said patience, persistence and good communication was the key for her success during the dissertation process.
“The support of NIU faculty members who helped guide me along the way, and staying in contact with my peers (who were) going through the same process was extremely helpful,” Taylor said. “I am a different person after completing the doctoral program and appreciate the process that helped me to learn and grow as an individual.”
Taylor earned a $750 award and will be recognized during the 2021 Graduate Student Reception which will take place at a later date.
Go to NIU’s doctoral program in Health Sciences to learn more.