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Korkow, Samra and Brooks Earn Health Sciences Awards

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences recently presented its 2016 faculty awards to John Korkow, Haifa Samra and Ellie Brooks.

Korkow, Ph.D., associate professor in the addiction studies program, received the teaching excellence award. He has not only been an outstanding teacher but also played a key role in new addiction studies courses that provide current, relevant and research-based information.

Samra, Ph.D., associate chair of research and evidence-based practice in the USD Department of Nursing, was presented with the faculty research achievement award. Samra, who joined the faculty in 2014, has already demonstrated outstanding research success, including helping secure two grants worth $593,000. She is currently involved in seven research projects and has authored six research manuscripts since coming to USD.

Brooks, Ph.D., associate chair of academics for USD's nursing program, was given the award for distinguished service. She was recognized for leading an effort to consolidate five USD nursing sites located across the state into a single, unified nursing program.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News