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Undergraduate Student Awards

Academic Achievement Award

A student from the graduating undergraduate class who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, as evidenced by having the highest cumulative GPA (at least 3.5) in the class.

Professional Nurse Award

A student, selected by her/his peers from the graduating class, who:

  • Has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, as evidenced by a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 GPA (The Office of Student Services Advisor will verify the GPAs of nominees).
  • Has been actively involved in various community service activities which promote SONDH and the profession of nursing.
  • Has actively been involved in providing service to SONDH.
  • Embodies the qualities of beginning professionalism, as evidenced by leadership ability, enthusiasm, and dedication to the profession.
  • Demonstrates outstanding clinical competencies, as evidenced by effective time management, expert application of the nursing process, and ability to communicate nursing strategies.

Leadership Award

A student from the graduating class who demonstrates outstanding leadership ability in providing service to SONDH and to other students.

Community Service Award

A student from the graduating class who has been actively involved in a variety of community service activities which promote SONDH and the profession of nursing.

Kahiau Award

Kahiau is a Hawaiian word that embodies the concept of a gift from the heart.  This student has consistently demonstrated the personal quality of selfless giving of time and talents and shown a generosity of spirit toward the student community.

Daisy in Training Award

A student from the graduating class who displays commitment to extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate patient care. Exemplifies the kind of nurse that patients and families recognize as an outstanding role model.

Graduate Awards

Liko Ae Award

Liko Ae is a Hawaiian phrase that means “new shoot”. The recipient of this award exemplifies characteristics of an emerging leader in nursing and healthcare. Nominees for this award must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduating advanced degree student within the past academic year
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Fieldwork, clinical and/or research experiences contributing to improving healthcare outcomes
  • Scholarship focusing on improving health outcomes in the form of publications, presentations, and/or abstracts

Koo Kua Award

Koo Kua is a Hawaiian phrase that means “backbone, support to help create change”. The recipient of this award has consistently demonstrated outstanding advocacy for improving health outcomes for communities in Hawaii and/or the Pacific. Nominees for this award must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduating advanced degree student within the past academic year
  • Volunteering in community-based initiatives and/or in development of policy or legislation to improve health outcomes
  • Note: award may not be given on an annual basis

Research Awards

Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students are eligible to submit an abstract of their process improvement, evidence-based practice, or research project. The research committee will select a maximum of one award per student category per semester. Monetary awards may be adjusted depending on the funds available.

Undergraduate Faculty Awards

Nurse Educator Award

The faculty member selected for “Nurse Educator” is one who:

  • Has been employed for more than one year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene;
  • Has been actively involved in teaching at the undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrates consistent interest in the respect for students, both as learners and as individuals;
  • Provides students with fair, honest and direct constructive criticism;
  • Actively participates in a variety of school, community and professional activities;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of both clinical nursing and professional issues; and
  • Acts as a role model for students in the clinical area.

Daisy Educator Award

The faculty member selected for “Daisy Educator” is one who:

  • Personifies UH Manoa Nursing’s remarkable impact on students and therefore patients;
  • Consistently demonstrates excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care;
  • Is recognized as an outstanding role model.

Graduate Faculty Awards

Liko Ae Award for Faculty

Liko Ae is a Hawaiian phrase that means “new shoot.” Recipients of this award are faculty who have recently joined the Department of Nursing and have demonstrated exemplary teaching in the graduate Nursing programs early in their employment in the DON. The Liko Ae award is student-nominated and selected by a committee of program directors, the Graduate Chair, the Department Chair and administrator (e.g., ADAA). Nominees for this award must meet the following criteria:

  • Department of Nursing faculty teaching primarily in masters and doctoral programs at School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
  • Currently employed by the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
  • Employed by the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene for less than four years
  • Excellence as a teacher in either didactic or clinical courses as evidenced by course evaluations that consistently exceed the Department of Nursing benchmark
  • Contributes to curriculum review and development in the graduate programs by participating in task forces and/or committees
  • Has not received this award over the past three years

Hookele Award

Hookele is a Hawaiian phrase that means “navigator.” Recipients of this award are faculty who have been with the Department of Nursing for at least three years and have consistently demonstrated engagement in supporting student success in the graduate Nursing programs. The Hookele award is student-nominated and selected by a committee of program directors, the Graduate Chair, the Department Chair and administrator (e.g., ADAA). Nominees for this award must meet the following criteria:

  • Department of Nursing faculty teaching primarily in masters and doctoral programs at School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
  • Currently employed by the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
  • Employed by the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene for at least three years
  • Consistently demonstrates the ability to assess students’ challenges and guide them to successfully achieve their graduate degree
  • Actively engages in supporting student success via guidance/advising of individual and/or groups of students
  • Participates in committee and/or task force work focusing on graduate student progression
  • Has not received this award over the past three years
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