Dr. Emilie Dykstra Goris of the Hope College nursing faculty is one of only 25 applicants nationwide chosen to attend the 2014 National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., in June.

The intensive, four-week, eight-credit-hour, graduate-level program will include both classroom and laboratory components designed to provide background in molecular genetics to use in future research, clinical practice and teaching activities.  Participants were selected from among hundreds of highly qualified applicants.

Dykstra Goris is an assistant professor of nursing at Hope College, where she has taught since 2012.  Her teaching and research interests include critical care nursing/acute care of the adult, behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer Disease and genetics.

She is a 2008 graduate of Hope, where she majored in nursing, and holds her doctorate from Michigan State University.

Dykstra Goris participated in collaborative faculty-student research as a Hope College student in addition to participating in research during her graduate studies.  Prior to joining the Hope faculty, she was a staff nurse on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids.