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Nursing honors

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau is the National Honor Society of Nursing. Psi Chapter is the University of Washington sponsored chapter and was formed to recognize and promote scholarship and leadership in the profession.

The Psi chapter founded at the University of Washington became the Psi at-Large Chapter January 1, 1991, and now represents the University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University, and Seattle Pacific University.

You are eligible if you are:

  • an undergraduate student who has completed half of the nursing component of the baccalaureate curriculum
  • rank in the top one-third of your graduating class
  • show evidence of leadership

Graduate students with bachelor’s degrees in nursing are also eligible to apply for membership.

Informational meetings are held each year before the application deadline. Meeting notices, including how to apply, will be emailed to all students.

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BSN Honors Program

The BSN Honors Program is a mentored program for students interested in pursuing graduate studies for a DNP or PhD, or developing expertise as an RN in:

  • evidence-based practice
  • implementation science, and
  • quality improvement at the bedside

This high-quality, meaningful program has a competitive selection process with limited enrollment. The faculty selection considers academic abilities and potential contributions to the profession based on GPA and essay scores.

The UW School of Nursing is the only nursing school in Washington state to offer baccalaureate honors.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students are not eligible for the BSN Honors Program.

The BSN Honors Program provides an opportunity for you to:

  1. be part of a scholarly learning community with a small group of peers
  2. be mentored in nursing science research by School of Nursing faculty
  3. gain experience in presenting their research project at a symposium

You engage with faculty in cutting-edge programs of research through mentored experiences, have an opportunity to pursue your interest in a chosen area of nursing science, and undertake a year-long research project under the guidance of a faculty researcher.

You apply for admission to the Honors Program during spring quarter of your first year in the BSN program. You are notified prior to the end of spring quarter if you have been accepted and will be matched with a faculty mentor in fall quarter. All requirements for graduating With Honors in Nursing are met during the second year of the BSN program.


  • Current enrollment in the BSN program
  • Minimum of a 3.3 cumulative UW GPA
  • Minimum of a 3.5 cumulative UW School of Nursing GPA
  • Participation in a one-credit honors seminar (NURS 445: Topics in Nursing) autumn, winter, and spring quarters of your senior year
  • Registration for one extra honors credit (NMETH 450)
  • Completion of four credits of mentored research experience during senior year (NMETH 499)
  • Participation in the Undergraduate Research Symposium poster session (spring quarter)

How to apply

Please check back soon for instructions on how to apply to the BSN honors program.

Learn more

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Eeeseung Byun, PhD, RN
Faculty Coordinator, BSN Honors

BSN honors project examples

  • Exploring the Experience of Adolescents When Cancer Treatment Ends
  • Heart Smart in Renton: Evaluating a Multi-Level Intervention Teaching Communities about Cardiovascular Health
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptom Severity and Quality of Life in Men and Women
  • Washington State School Nurses’ Roles and Practices with McKinney-Vento Homeless Students: Addressing Systemic Barriers to Care
  • The Relationship Between Maternal Psychological Well-Being and Perception of Fetal Movement
  • Exploring the Experience of Adolescents When Cancer Treatment Ends
  • Evaluation of Fitness Zones in Seattle Parks
  • Nursing Students’ Attitudes Towards Homeless Adults
  • Impact of the Harborview Chronic Pain Self-Management Program on Participant’s Quality of Life, Confidence and Pain Experience
  • Are Washington State School Nurses Prepared to Provide Sensitive, Knowledgeable Care to Transgender Youth?