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Release:  Oct. 5, 1999

Nursing Ph.D. students receive grants

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three predoctoral students in the University of Iowa College of Nursing have received Individual National Research Service Awards that will fund the remainder of their doctoral training.

Patricia Ann Holkup, Der-Fa Lu, and Diane M. Young received the awards, which began Aug. 1. Each award, approximately $18,500 per year, supports the students’ doctoral training and dissertation research.

Holkup’s research interests involve perspectives on aging in two cultures. She plans to interview men and women from the Salish Indian culture in Montana and from the white population to learn whether their views of their aging experiences reflect integrity or despair. Before her doctoral study, Holkup served as a nurse in Minnesota, California, Montana and Guatemala.

Lu’s research centers on Chinese-American elders’ perceptions on their own health. Her study will also look at each subject’s perceptions of health services and will compare Chinese-American elders’ health status to that of white, non-Hispanic elders. Lu has served as a nurse in Taipei, Taiwan and worked as a nurse, student and teaching assistant at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Young’s study focuses on the pain experiences of elderly individuals with chronic dementia. She will look at the prevalence of pain in dementia patients in nursing homes and will gauge the effectiveness of pain identification and control. Before studying for her doctorate, Young worked as a nurse and instructor in Waterloo.

Holkup’s sponsor for her doctoral study is Toni Tripp-Reimer, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for research in the UI College of Nursing. Meridean Maas, Ph.D., professor in the College of Nursing, is the faculty sponsor for both Lu and Young.