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USD Social Work Students Win Research Poster Competition at University of Memphis Symposium

Memphis Social Work USD sent four teams of social work students to the University of Memphis symposium.

VERMILLION, SD – Four undergraduate students in the University of South Dakota social work department won the research-poster competition at the 6th annual University of Memphis Social Work Symposium April 13.

The Memphis symposium drew social work student teams, practitioners and scholars from a variety of universities and colleges. There were 34 presenters at the symposium, and five were USD undergraduates.

The winning research-poster team from USD consisted of Jessilyn Bean, Mekko Bear Killer, Brittany Two Elk, and Maggie Malathip. Their research and poster focused on family cultures, and it compared self-reported family cohesion and conflicts contrasting Native American and rural white families. This is the third consecutive year that the outstanding student research poster was presented by a student research team from USD.

USD sent four teams of social work undergraduates to the symposium for the poster presentations. Funding for the trip was provided by the Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship and the USD Department of Social Work.


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
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