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

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 cycle. The application deadline is November 15, 2017.



Award recipients receive:




Recipients of the AGSA:

NameYearDissertation Dissertation abstractSession presented at APIC annual conference
Tara Millson, MSN, RN, CIC 2018 Implementation of the AHRQ ESRD Safety Program in an Outpatient Hemodialysis Center Infection Preventionists have been successful in implementing practices which reduce infection in acute care settings, but few dialysis facilities have an Infection Preventionist overseeing their infection control practices. This project will examine the effect of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) model on the culture of safety and staff adherence. TBA
Mary Jo Knobloch, MPH, PhD 2017 Leadership Rounds to Reduce Healthcare-associated Infections: A Case Study Approach, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy, Social and Administrative Sciences Divsion. There is evidence to support the use of Leadership Rounds and leadership has been identified as an important contextual factor when implementing evidence-based practices to reduce healthcare-associated infections. However, discovering specific leader communication factors and Leadership Round logistical considerations that contribute to psychological safety among staff may be poweful in moving evidence to practice in reducing healthcare-associated infections. Leadership Rounds to Reduce Healthcare-associated Infections: A Case Study
Deb Patterson Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC 2016 Exploring Inappropriate Glove Use in Long-Term Care, University of Iowa, School of Nursing. 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"