Glen Taylor Institute announces 2023 Becky Taylor Fellows

November 13, 2023 |

The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society is delighted to introduce the recipients of the 2023 Becky Taylor Fellowships, a program designed to provide financial support to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students at Minnesota State University, Mankato, for their education and research endeavors. These fellowships aim to empower students to explore innovative ways to enhance healthcare for families and address the evolving needs of our society.

Becky Taylor Fellowships:

  • Foster research in family-centered healthcare.
  • Address the changing demands of the healthcare system.
  • Promote innovative practices and bridge gaps in patient care.

Fellowship funds can be allocated towards tuition, fees, capstone projects, and cost of living expenses. Award decisions are based on the evaluation of application materials and the availability of funds.

Meet the 2023 Fellowship Recipients

Abby Simek headshot.Abigail "Abby" Simek

Abby Simek, a graduate of Minnesota State Mankato's Pre-licensure nursing program, embarked on her nursing career during the height of the pandemic. She has since gained experience in various healthcare settings, including hospital and pediatric home care. Currently pursuing a Family Nurse Practitioner program at Minnesota State Mankato, Abby's DNP project focuses on enhancing end-of-life (EOL) care for families at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato. Her passion for family-focused care stems from personal experiences with her own family's healthcare journey, and she is committed to advocating for such care across all settings.

Esi Ezim headshot.Esi Ezim

Esi Ezim's journey to becoming a professional nurse began in Togo, West Africa. Despite facing numerous challenges, including language barriers and immigration, Esi's determination led her to pursue an associate degree in nursing in the United States. Currently working as a Medical/Surgical nurse at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN, Esi is pursuing a DNP degree at Minnesota State Mankato. She aspires to become an advanced practice nurse and a faculty member, contributing to the development of the nursing profession. Esi's DNP project, in collaboration with the Penny George Institute at Abbott, focuses on improving family and societal health by enhancing care for patients with cognitive impairment.

The Glen Taylor Institute congratulates Abby Simek and Esi Ezim on their remarkable achievements and thanks all applicants for their dedication to advancing healthcare. These Becky Taylor Fellowships exemplify a commitment to nurturing the next generation of nursing professionals and promoting innovative solutions for the benefit of society.