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Nursing senior Meghan Long wins Villanova’s 2016 Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award


The Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute (ICE Institute) at Villanova University has announced the winners of the annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Awards. Six students were selected to receive this honor, among them senior Meghan Long from the College of Nursing.  

Meghan began delving in to the topic of electronic aggression and cyberbullying during her freshman year at Villanova in 2012, mentored by Professor Elizabeth Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN. After identifying a significant gap in nursing literature, she developed a research proposal to determine if there is a relationship between traditional physical bullying, electronic aggression, and health risk behaviors in high school students. Her study was funded by the Davis Family Undergraduate Student Research Fund in the College of Nursing.

Long has been a vocal advocate for innovation and creativity in nursing, and was selected by the College of Nursing to represent the undergraduate nursing program at the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s 2016 scientific sessions. She has also shared her scholarly work in poster sessions at the College’s Annual Research Symposium, Undergraduate Nursing Scholars Day, and the National Student Nurse Association convention as well as the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania convention.

The ICE Awards were created and endowed by Patrick Meyer '74 VSB and Edward Meyer ’86 VSB in honor of their father, Charles Paul Meyer ’30 VSB, to recognize the spirit of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship that are a hallmark of Villanova University and the ICE Institute. Meyer ICE Award winners, both faculty and student recipients, receive the Meyer family designed trophy and cash awards to assist in their innovation efforts.