Brilliant New Investigator Award

Brilliant Future New Investigator Award

The purpose of the Brilliant Future New Investigator Award is to recognize the contributions of scientists early in their research careers who show extraordinary potential to develop sustained programs of research, certain to have significant impact on the science and the practice of nursing and healthcare. Nominees must be Council members in good standing, be within 7 years following receipt of a doctorate and nominated by current Council members (individual or institutional).

The award criteria are:

  • Building research productivity (within the last 5 years) in an area of major significance to nursing and health care knowledge
  • Research dissemination and translation to practice and/or policy with a growing impact on nursing and other disciplines
  • Emerging leadership related to nursing science advancement

2018 Application


2016 Awardee

Feng Vankee Lin’s, PhD, MB, RN

Feng Vankee Lin’s, PhD, MB, RN, career as nurse scientist has been devoted to the prevention and early detection of cognitive decline and promotion of successful cognitive aging. Specifically, her research focuses on understanding the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms of cognitive impairment, and designing and implementing behavioral interventions targeting those mechanisms in order to promote neuroplasticity and ultimately prevent cognitive decline. She is currently a 4th year tenure-track Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, with joint appointments as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine and Dentistry and in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science at College. Currently, she is the Director of the CogT Laboratory (, focusing on preventing cognitive decline and promoting successful cognitive aging by applying innovative neuropsychological and neurophysiological approaches. Dr. Lin’s pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and career award training have focused on different aspects of dementia prevention and early detection, from behavioral, neuropsychological to neurobiological. In addition, she is the principal investigator on multiple competitive external grants from NINR, NIA, Sigma Theta Tau, and Alzheimer’s Association.