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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing


Office of Research and Scholarship


The mission of the Office of Research and Scholarship is to champion College of Nursing faculty and students in converting empirical research to nursing knowledge.

This mission is carried out through consultation on/about faculty research, facilitation of intramural grants for pilot studies, identification of resources to support projects, development of grant applications, management of sponsored projects, analysis of data, assistance with dissemination of results, and publication of research activities.

Karen H. Sousa, PhD, RN, FAA​N, Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship

Dr. Sousa develops and applies advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling [SEM]), develops and tests conceptual models of complex health-care systems, and advocates use of health-related quality of life as a productive evaluative measure of nursing-care outcomes. Her teaching interests include nursing theory/conceptualization and psychometrics.

Dr. Sousa has been a member of the Academy of Nursing since 2009. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the International Society for Quality of Life Research. Dr. Sousa was recognized in 2009 as a University of Colorado Emerging Leader.

Barbara Creswell

Barbara Creswell
Pre-award Grants and Contracts Specialist

Fanta Kuhlman

Fanta Kuhlman​
, Post-award Grants and Contracts Specialist

Jason Weiss

Jason Weiss
 (left), Research Coordinator


The Research Committee promotes intramural research and establishes policies regarding allocation/evaluation of intramural research funding for faculty and students.

2015-2016 Faculty Research Committee:

Chair, Linda Krebs 

Member, Mustafa Ozkaynak

Member, Blaine Reeder

Graduate Student Member, Brie Thumm​


Extramural Funding

The Office of Research and Scholarship has the experience and resources to help you locate and secure governmental/private extramural funding. For the most up-to-date grant postings, check ORS New Funding Opportunities

Intramural Funding

The Office of Research and Scholarship can paddle you up the many streams of intramural funding. Here are some forms to get you started on the intramural-funding process:

For more information on the College of Nursing’s extramural or intramural funding programs, please contact Barbara Creswell (303-724-8551).

Post-award Process

The Post-Award Grants and Contracts Specialist assists Principal Investigators with financial management of sponsored projects, facilitates subcontracting and subcontract payments, provides budget modifications and budget projections, ensures that expenditures comply with fiscal policies/guidelines of both university and sponsor, compiles up-to-date accounts of PI expenditures, and coordinates the close-out documentation process.

​For more information on the post-award process, please contact Fanta Kuhlman (303-724-2514).

For up-to-date employment opportunities with the Office of Research and Scholarship, click here​.