WIMS Rising Star Award

2014 Honoree Named

Catherine Siengsukon
Catherine Siengsukon, PT, PhD

Catherine Siengsukon, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Health Professions, and 2014-15 School of Health Professions representative to the WIMS Executive Council was presented the inaugural Rising Star Award at the Annual WIMS Awards Dinner on August 21, 2014.


This year WIMS has developed three new awards. Women faculty or non-faculty members, including Advance Practice Providers and Clinical Doctorates, at the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent, are eligible, and a recipient will be selected from Health Professions, Nursing, and Medicine. Award winners will be recognized at the WIMS annual dinner, Thursday, August 21, 2014, Intercontinental Hotel.


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


  • 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


  • Sucess as a mentor and role model for women faculty, non-faculty, trainees, and students
  • Demonstrate leadership at the university, regional, national, or international level
  • Participated in committees to further develop leadership skills
  • Involvement in WIMS programs and initiatives
  • Professional excellence in the individual's career (clinical and/or basic sciences)
  • 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

Nomination Process

  • Self-nomination or nomination by KUMC colleague
  • Submission of candidate nomination package in a single pdf document via e-mail to Debra Brogden, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
  • Complete Award Nomination Form with candidate contact information
  • Letter from the nominator stating why the candidate is deserving, specifically addressing the criteria listed above; two pages maximum
  • Three letters of reference; specifically addressing applicable criteria listed above (minimum of one letter from outside of KU School of Health Professions)
  • Candidate's updated full-length 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
Last modified: Aug 29, 2014