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USD Nursing’s Pallav Deka Recognized for Scholarship

PHoto of Deka Pallav. Assistant professor Pallav Deka, Ph.D., has been recognized as the 2017 winner of the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Pallav Deka, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota’s Department of Nursing, has been recognized as the 2017 winner of the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding manuscripts and original research that improve understanding of important women’s health issues.

Deka co-authored a manuscript with investigators from the University of Wisconsin, University of Memphis, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Their research project examined gender-related disparities regarding a patient’s adherence to medication instructions.

Deka was also recognized by the Midwest Nursing Research Society for his Ph.D. dissertation investigating influences regarding exercise and heart failure patients.

Deka began teaching at the USD Department of Nursing in 2017, joining over 40 other faculty members teaching 475 nursing students studying for their BSN degrees at the program’s four sites. Deka teaches at the Sioux Falls campus.


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