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Resources for PhD Students

This page is designed to help Nursing PhD students successfully progress through their degree program. Any questions about the program or related requirements can be directed to the PhD Coordinator, Jen Carmona, (email: carmonaj@health.fau.edu; telephone: 561-297-0006) or to the PhD Director, Dr. Christine Williams (email: cwill154@health.fau.edu; telephone: 561-297-0095).


Research and Writing


  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) - All PhD students will need to complete the CITI Social & Behavioral Research training module in order to conduct research at FAU. The CITI training is usually done while enrolled in NGR 7818: Applied Quantitative Design & Methods and should be completed before the start of the second year of PhD studies. Once the training is completed, students must file a copy of the CITI completion report with the PhD Coordinator. CITI training is valid for three (3) years through FAU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Faculty Research Interests
  • FAU Libraries
  • FAU Writing Center - UCEW
  • How to Write a Literature Review
  • Florida Atlantic University Institutional Review Board (IRB) - The purpose of the IRB is primarily to minimize risk to human subjects. All FAU students and faculty who engage in research involving human subjects must obtain prior approval from the FAU IRB. The FAU IRB uses IRBNet, a web-based system to facilitate the process of reviewing human subjects research projects. Information on using IRBNet can be found by clicking here. IRBNet contains all of the forms, information and tutorials you will need to prepare your application for approval of your research. Please be aware that students cannot submit an application to the IRB as principal investigator (PI). Your faculty mentor will be the PI on the IRB application for your project. Your role will be doctoral student and co-investigator.
  • A Philosophy of Nursing Education, Dr. Peggy Chin
  • Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
  • Research Posters - The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship provides assistance to doctoral students preparing a research poster presentation. The College of Nursing has a required template format to use for presentations; all posters require advance approval. Please allow at least one month lead time. Contact the Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship for details. Additional resources for research posters:
  • Research Practicum Guidelines
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Each year, the Iota Xi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing located at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, invites students, faculty and community members to apply for research funding. Small research grants are available to support dissertation research, pilot studies and other projects. Use the link above to visit their website and click on “Funding” to learn more.
  • Top Ten Tips for Doctoral Study
  • Power Point Presentation
  • Poster Presentation Template