May 9, 2012

School of Health Sciences students garner top research honors

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students at the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences have earned high recognition for their research efforts.

Natasha Fisher, Jessica Graupmann, Lindsey Jones, Alicia Ray, Stephanie Utech and Jenna Visser – all social work majors at USD – were recently announced as winners of the student poster competition at the Inaugural Social Work Student Advocacy Research Conference at Dominican College in Orangeburg, N.Y. The conference brought together student-participants from undergraduate and graduate social work programs in three U.S. states and six universities or colleges.

“I am very proud of this research team who has now garnered experience presenting at three different conferences,” said Peter Kindle, Ph.D., assistant professor, USD Department of Social Work. “The next generation of social work researchers is gaining momentum.”

Graupmann and Visser, representing their team, received the first place award for their project, “Career Pathways of BSW Graduates of Rural Social Work Programs.”The project collected information on alumni from four different schools who had obtained bachelor’s degrees in social work – with a rural emphasis – to determine initial employment issues, turnover, work conditions, compensation, continuing education and client population served. Their poster discussed implications for sustaining the future of undergraduate social work educational programs.

About the School of Health Sciences

USD’s School of Health Sciences has nine programs offering bachelor of science degrees in alcohol and drug studies, dental hygiene, health sciences, medical laboratory science, nursing, and social work; an associate of science degree in nursing; master of science degrees in occupational therapy and physician assistant studies; master of social work; master of arts in addiction studies; and a doctorate of physical therapy degree. For more information about USD’s School of Health Sciences, please visit or call (605) 677-5000.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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