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Research & Community Service

4th Annual School of Health Sciences Research Conference

 SHS Research Conference Poster

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lee Medical Building

The event will showcase oral and poster presentations addressing research, theory and its application, and methodological issues in Health Sciences. 

You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation. Submissions from faculty, students, and/or clinicians associated with the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota are highly encouraged. The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on March 6, 2015.

2015 Call for Abstracts

2015 Abstract Submission Link


3rd Annual Research Conference Materials



Conducting leading research in health sciences is a priority. Our faculty members are active in several on-going research projects. Here is a sample of topics in which our departments are engaging:

  • Addiction Studies:  Advocating for the Addiction Profession
  • Dental Hygiene:  School-Based Oral Health Prevention
  • Health Sciences Major:  Programmatic Assessment
  • Nursing:  Interprofessional Education-Simulation
  • Occupational Therapy:  Occupation, Life Meaning, Health, and Well-being
  • Physical Therapy:  Special Populations
  • Physician Assistant Studies:  Noncognitive Variables in Physician Assistant Education
  • Social Work:  Foster Care and Native American Children and Families
Community Service

Serving the community is a priority for the School of Health Sciences. Here are a few ways we achieve this goal:

  • Addiction Studies students participate in community service learning projects including: Nikki's Fund; Boys' and Girls' club of Yankton; Vermillion Middle School; Vermillion High School SADD Program; Vermillion Prevention Coalition. The ADS students are also involved in community high school events and health fairs including those at Yankton High School and Rosebud High School. The faculty serve at state, regional, and national levels through leadership positions. Two faculty members are two of eight addiction professionals from around the nation who have been chosen as accreditors for the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission board. The ADS office participates in events such as: Vermillion Food Pantry; Vermillion School Supply Drive; Coats for Kids; Sharing Tree at Christmas.
  • Dental Hygiene provides services at reduced fees at clinics in Sioux Falls and Vermillion. Students and faculty provide services for a school-based preventive dental program. Other community events where oral health education is provided include: Zoo Boo; Reading Festival; Veteran's Stand Down; Health Connect; Family Fun Festival; various Community Health Fairs; CPR training for Headstart.
  • Health Sciences Major students provide services to many communities and events including: Ability Building Services, American Cancer Society, The Yankton Banquet, Boys and Girls Club, Dakota Gardens, Feeding South Dakota, Girls Inc, Girl Scouts of America, Good Samaritan Society, The Gospel Mission, Iowa Mission of Mercy, Komen Race for the Cure, Salvation Army, SD Achieve, SESDAC, Sioux City Gospel Mission, Special Olympics, Vermillion Food Pantry, Vermillion Weekend Backpack Program, and the Vermillion Welcome Table.
  • Medical Laboratory Science students and faculty participate in the Community Health Fair in Vermillion. The faculty participates in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science-South Dakota.
  • Vermillion Nursing students provide influenza immunizations to the community of Vermillion, USD employees and their families, USD students, employees of the South Dakota Human Services Center, and employees and their families of the Avera Sr. James Care Center.
  • Pierre Nursing faculty and students provide health promotion education during an annual Project Connect event.  This event provides key health and wellness related services to homeless and low income individuals in the Pierre community. Educational programming related to career in Nursing are provided to middle and high-school age girls at the annual Women in Science conferences. Nursing faculty and student also provide educational programming to Community Health Representatives on the Cheyenne River Reservation.  Topics on the reservation include a variety of health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
  • Rapid City Nursing services and events are delivered by the Student Nurses Association which include: Annual influenza immunizations; Project WISE where nursing students provide education to high school students regarding health careers; Food and Supply Drive for the Hope Center; Blood Drive; Breast Cancer Prevention Fundraiser; Made and Delivered Valentines to the Hospice House; Served Dinner at the Mission.
  • Distance Nursing provide vision and hearing screens for the Watertown School District for all school aged children identifying children who need referral to other healthcare providers.
  • Sioux Falls Nursing provides influenza vaccinations to local middle school students, high school students, faculty, and staff.
  • Occupational Therapy provides work place assessments for employers as well as assessments for nursing homes and other health care agencies.
  • Physical Therapy annually provides free services internationally as well as at various locations in South Dakota including: FUNfitness; Senior Games; Special Olympics; High School Athletics.
  • Physician Assistant Studies serves the state by participating in various community Health Fairs and Blood Pressure Screenings. They have provided services at the Fluoride Varnish Project at Sioux Falls Elementary Schools and at the Vermillion High School Health Education Day. PA students volunteer service to Camp Gilbert, a summer camp for children with Diabetes. Other community events and fundraisers include the Vermillion Welcome Table, Adopt a Highway, Angel Adoption, and the Ronald McDonald House.
  • Social Work serves the state and region through agency-based professional internships. The BSSW faculty serves the SD Division of Child Protection through membership on Systems of Care Steering committees and yearly training on Systems of Care. Faculty are also active in Statewide Change Agent activities and serve on committees for SESDAC, Child Protection Services, and the Local Food Pantry.