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BSN Student Awarded AGA Fellowship

Alicia Freiburg

Alicia Anne Freiburg, a freshman early decision BSN student at UI’s College of Nursing, was recently awarded an Investing in the Future summer research fellowship from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).

“This is the most remarkable opportunity I have ever been given,” said Freiburg. “The moment I received the phone call from the AGA, my heart skipped a beat and I cried happy tears. It felt like everything in my life was lining up and I could clearly see the direction my career was heading. It's a really exciting time in my life right now!”

This summer, Freiburg, who is from Rock Island, Ill., will spend eight weeks in Texas at Baylor University researching digestive cancer and its prevention using plant botanicals. She will be working with Dr. Ajay Goel, who is the director of epigenetics and cancer prevention at the Baylor Research Institute.

“With this fellowship I hope to gain empirical research skills that will allow me to use science to better advocate for my future patients,” she explained. “I also want to use this opportunity to show other nursing students that research is one of many options for aspiring nurses.”

Freiburg chose the University of Iowa to pursue her nursing education based on its acclaim for having one of the best nursing schools in the country as well as the college’s dedication to evidence-based practice and translational research.

Freiburg is slated to graduate with her BSN in May 2018. After getting some experience in the workforce she plans to work toward a DNP with a specialty in geriatrics.

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The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization. Visit to learn more.

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Apr 14th, 2015