WIMS Rising Star Award


The Rising Star award was established in 2014 for early-career women faculty or non-faculty members, including Advance Practice Providers and Clinical Doctorates, at the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent, in our Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, and Medicine. One honoree is recognized annually at the WIMS Awards Dinner in August.  This year the dinner is Thursday, August 18, 2016, at the Overland Park Convention Center.


The establishment of this award is to give recognition to and promote the accomplishments, which might otherwise go unnoticed or overlooked, of women faculty or non-faculty members in the early phase of their careers.


  • KUMC women faculty or non-faculty member at the level of assistant professor or equivalent (basic science or clinical positions)
  • This award is open to all WIMS committee members and officers as well as all other women in Health Professions, Nursing, and Medicine
  • Must be in good standing with KUMC organization


  • Success as a role model for women faculty, non-faculty, trainees and students
  • Demonstrated leadership at the university or regional level; example, development of clinic work, manuscripts, committees, etc.
  • Participated in committees to further develop leadership skills
  • Involvement in WIMS programs and initiatives
  • Professional excellence in the individual's career
  • Effort to influence or institute a positive cultural change regarding the careers of women faculty and/or non-faculty and/or staff members on the KUMC campus
  • Shown a steadfast commitment to enhanced collaboration and productive relationships with faculty and staff at all levels of the KUMC organization
  • Worked to create a respectful environment for education, patient care and/or activities through a collaborative systems approach


One award presented per year at the Annual WIMS Awards Dinner

Nomination Process

  • Self-nomination or nomination by KUMC colleague
  • Please send a brief paragraph, 300 words or less, including candidate's three most outstanding accomplishments, achievements or characterisitics that qualify her for the award, to Debra Brogden, dbrogden@kumc.edu.
  • Nominees will be contacted by the WIMS Awards and Recognition Committee to submit additional information and their current Curriculum Vitae.

Evaluation Process

  • Recognition committee will review the nomination materials and will rank candidates
  • Recognition committee will report rankings to the WIMS Executive Committee
  • All candidates will be notified of the decision prior to the Annual WIMS Dinner

Current & Previous Winners

2016 awardee


Joan Lewis-Wambi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology, University of Kansas Medical Center


Julie Christianson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

2015 awardee


Jessie Huisinga, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Science Director of the Human Performance Laboratory, Landon Center on Aging

Catherine Siengsukon

2014 Inagural Year

Catherine Siengsukon, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Health Professions

Last modified: Oct 11, 2016