Graduate Student Award

Graduate Student Award

The APIC Graduate Student Award (AGSA) supports research that advances infection prevention and evidence-based implementation science. The award is given to a student seeking to complete a master's or doctoral degree.

For the purpose of this funding opportunity, implementation science is defined as research that creates new knowledge about how best to design, implement, and evaluate quality improvement initiatives. The most competitive applications will focus on implementation science, demonstrating its value and implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings.

Application process

New deadline: November 30, 2016

Submit your application.


Award recipients receive:



First recipient of the AGSA:

NameYearDissertation titleDissertation abstractSession presented at 2016 APIC annual conference
Deb Patterson Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC 2016 Exploring Inappropriate Glove Use in Long Term Care. Results of this study indicate that healthcare professionals (HCP) used gloves inappropriately in a long-term care facility. HCPs failed to change gloves 66% of the time when a glove change was indicated. Over 44% of the HCP gloved touch points were identified as contaminated. "To glove or not to glove, that is the question: Glove use in acute and long-term care"