Kathleen A. Dracup Distinguished Lecture and Exemplary Career in Mentoring Award

Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)

To qualify for this Scientific Sessions 2024 award, you must meet the following deadlines:

  • May 31, 2024 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with the sponsoring Council.
  • June 10, 2024, 6 p.m. CT – Deadline to apply for Scientific Sessions 2024 awards in the Council Awards System.

The Kathleen A. Dracup Distinguished Lecture and Exemplary Career in Mentoring Award was established by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing to recognize Dr. Kathleen Dracup as a Pillar of Excellence for exceptional and lifelong contributions to cardiovascular nursing, and CVSN’s commitment to fostering the development of the next generation of scientists. Dr. Dracup's mentorship, dedication to and development of early-career cardiovascular nurse scientists has set in motion an incredible acceleration in the development in the cardiovascular nursing science and new knowledge to improve the care of patients with cardiovascular disease and their families.

The Dracup Distinguished Lecture is presented annually at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. Honorees are selected by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Early Career Committee.

Purpose of the Award

This award will highlight the importance of early-career mentoring in cardiovascular and stroke nursing to the CVSN. This award honors a senior member of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing who is well-known for their gifts and generosity in mentoring early-career scientists.

Award Recipients

  • 2023 Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAHA
  • 2022 Bunny J. Pozehl, PhD, APRN-NP, FAHA, FHFSA, FAAN
  • 2021 Christopher S. Lee, PhD, RN, FAHA
  • 2020 Sandra B. Dunbar, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA
  • 2019 Marjorie Funk, PhD, RN, FAHA
  • 2018 Karen Huss, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA
  • 2017 Susan J. Pressler, PHD, RN, FAHA
  • 2016 Debra Moser, PhD, MN
  • 2015 Barbara J Riegel, PhD, RN, FAHA
  • 2014 Barbara J. Drew, RN, PhD, FAHA
  • 2013 Kathleen A. Dracup, RN, FNP, PHD, FAHA

Eligibility Criteria

  • AHA member for a minimum of 5 years with notable involvement in the CVSN Council.
  • Candidate must have an established and notable track record in mentoring future leaders in cardiovascular and stroke research, practice or leadership.
  • Candidate must be available to present as keynote speaker of the early career sessions at AHA Scientific Sessions.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Candidate has received previous recognition for mentoring (college, university, chapter, or national recognition)
  • Candidate mentees have received national recognition for their contribution to cardiovascular and stroke science as evidence by contributions to the literature, contributions to evidence-based practice, contributions to health systems.

How to Apply or Nominate a Colleague

Individuals may be nominated an unlimited number of times but may receive this award only once. Self-nomination is acceptable.

Re-nominations are encouraged for those not selected; however, the nominator must be willing to update the nomination package in subsequent cycles. 

The nomination file (submitted on the nominee’s behalf) should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • A letter of nomination, drafted on electronic letterhead with a signature. The letter should outline and provide clear examples of how the candidate meets the criteria.
  • Candidate's curriculum vitae.
  • List of mentees and current positions.
  • Up to three optional letters of support from mentees.

Visit the Council Awards Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily (PHD) will be necessary to access the Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

An active AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait for your AHA member number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA no later than one week prior to the application submission deadline for the member ID number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline. The membership number will be required on the award application form.

  1. Click the link for the Council Awards Application System.
  2. Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password.
  3. Follow the instructions to set up your profile in ProposalCentral. Setting up your ProposalCentral profile will only need to be done the first time you login to apply for an American Heart Association Council Awards.
  4. Once logged in, you may apply for the Scientific Sessions Career Achievement Awards in Mentoring and select the Kathleen A. Dracup Distinguished Lecture and Exemplary Career in Mentoring Award from the award drop down list.

For more detailed information on ProposalCentral, also included are additional materials on specific ProposalCentral functionality.



  • Complimentary registration to AHA Scientific Sessions
  • $1,000 honorarium
  • Engraved plaque
  • Round-trip coach airfare to the conference at the 21-day advance purchase rate
  • One-night hotel accommodations at the conference rate
  • Ground transportation expenses to attend the conference
  • Up to $70 in meal reimbursement
  • Two complimentary tickets to the CVSN council dinner


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