The Purpose

The purpose of the MNRS Leadership Academy is to identify, engage, and nurture future MNRS leaders.

MNRS members will be selected to join this leadership development program designed for promising researchers and scholars in the Midwest region. Participants will learn more about the society, refine and strengthen leadership skills, create a personal leadership plan and receive board leadership mentoring. 


    • Increase the pool of MNRS members who are prepared to lead the society successfully.
    • Increase the diversity of leaders in the society.
    • Engage members in board leadership.

Academy Activities

    • MNRS Board of Directors Meetings
    • Monthly Cohort Meetings
    • Participate in a Leadership Book Club
    • Collective Cohort Mentoring Sessions
    • Collective WJNR Board Update Article
    • Cohort Leadership Project at the MNRS Annual Research Conference
    • Recognition at the MNRS Annual Research Conference


Timeline (Revised 5.18.2023)

    • April 17, 2023: Call for applications
    • May 26, 2023: Application deadline (EXTENDED)
    • May 30 - June 13, 2023: Application review
    • June 15, 2023: Cohort selection
    • June 30, 2023: Announce Cohort
    • August 2023: Program launch
    • September 2023: First Board meeting

Application Questions

    • Explain why you would like to join the Leadership Academy. Include your involvement in MNRS to date and how the Academy would benefit FROM your future involvement. (200 words or less, 8 points)
    • Describe the goal(s) that you would like to achieve following your participation in the MNRS Leadership Academy. (300 words or less, 10 points)
    • What would you most like to focus on in the Leadership Academy? (100 words or less, 5 points)

 Selection Criteria

    • Be current and active members of MNRS,
    • Be a PhD, DNP, or doctoral student,
    • Complete and submit the online application before the posted deadline,
    • Receive a minimum of 18-point average review score for the application, and
    • Be selected by the review committee and confirmed by a majority of the MNRS Board of Directors.

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