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The ASK (Attitudes-Skills-Knowledge) and MOSAIC (Mentoring our Students to Achieve Interprofessional Collaboration for People with Disabilities) fellowships, funded by the Joan and Stanford Alexander Endowment for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, provides an enriching educational experience for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students that prepares them to care for people living with disabilities across the life span.

Select Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston undergraduates receive a $2,000 stipend and complete 90 hours of clinical and enrichment activities as a part of the one-semester, co-curricular program, in addition to taking a full course load. Fellows gain exposure to various primary, acute, and community clinical sites while learning from interdisciplinary professionals.

Full-time students on the accelerated Pacesetter track or the RN to BSN track may apply during their second semester to participate during their third semester. A GPA of at least 3.5 is required, and applicants will be interviewed for this competitive opportunity.

Current students: To learn more and apply, visit the “Enhanced Educational Opportunities” page in the Students section of the Cizik School of Nursing intranet.


A Patient’s Perspective

Les Frieden, a former patient and current faculty member of the UTHealth Houston School of Biomedical Informatics, describes the encouragement and support he received from nurses following a vehicle accident that left him disabled in this video introducing the Joan and Stanford Alexander Fellowship for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. 

Meet our Program Director

Assistant Professor Allison Edwards’ experiences with friends and family members living with disabilities fueled her desire to help prepare nurses to care for patients like them. She established the fellowship program at Cizik School of Nursing in 2017 thanks to the financial support of philanthropists Joan and Stanford Alexander.

Allison Edwards