Reynolds Predoctoral Scholarship Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence is available to assist you Monday - Friday during normal business hours (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time). Telephone 405-271-1491, ext 49233.

1. When should I start preparing my application?

START AS SOON AS THE CALL COMES OUT. Do not underestimate the time it takes to properly prepare and complete the application process. All applicants are encouraged to start gathering necessary information as early as possible to avoid missing the deadline.

Things to do as soon as the call comes out:

  • Update your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Begin thinking about your professional development plan and research.
  • Identify and contact three individuals who would write strong letters of recommendation; provide enough information about the PhD program and the Reynolds Predoctoral Scholars Program that they can speak to your qualifications for it.
  • Identify an OU College of Nursing Reynolds Center mentor and begin discussions regarding their availability to be your mentor, the clarity of the match between your goals and research interests and their program of research to participate in this program. The Reynolds Center can provide an updated list of qualified mentors from among the Reynolds Center faculty.

2. Who can help me with this process?

The OU College of Nursing Office of Research can respond to questions regarding the preparation of the PhD application. The office of the Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence can respond to questions regarding the Reynolds Scholarship application and provide a list of current mentors in the College and their areas of research expertise.

3. To whom do I address my professional letters?

Letters in support of your PhD application should be included in your PhD application materials to the OUHSC. If you are a current doctoral student in the OU PhD in Nursing program and applying for a Reynolds Scholarship, letters of support for the Reynolds Scholarship are to be addressed and mailed to:

Lazelle Benefield, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1100 North Stonewall Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK, USA 73117

The letter of commitment from your mentor, and the letter from your employing agency (if appropriate) should be addressed and mailed to the Director of the Reynolds Center (address above).

4. When is my application due?

The deadline for receiving applications is March 1, 2015 by 5 pm CST. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete (this includes all references and professional letters). There will be no exceptions made. Incomplete and/or late applications will be ineligible for review. 

5. How soon will I know the status of my application?

We provide a response as soon after the Selection Committee meets as feasible. 

6. Is the Award taxable?

Each person's situation is different. You should work with a tax accountant regarding how to handle the award in your particular situation. 

7. How does the letter of support from the mentor work?

Applicants obtain a commitment from the mentor and a letter of support as part of the application. The mentor should mail a copy directly to the Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the person providing the reference completes it by the due date and an original copy is submitted to the Reynolds Center.

8. I am interested in a Predoctoral Scholarship. Which degree can I pursue?

Our program is designed to support the preparation of academic geriatric nurses. The Reynolds Predoctoral Scholarship thus supports nurses enrolled in or accepted into the OU College of Nursing PhD degree program with a focus on geriatric research and preparation for an academic role in nursing. An example of a degree not supported is the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP).

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