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Spotlight on Excellence: Awards announced during CNPD Research & Scholarship Day

The College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines hosted its annual CNPD Research & Scholarship Day on May 1st, 2024. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines presented their research, at any stage, and other scholarly activities in the areas of Social Work, Nursing, and Nutrition & Dietetics.

Faculty Research and Scholarship Contribution Awards

These awards were established to recognize the contribution of CNPD faculty members who have conducted or promoted research or scholarship that has enhanced science and practice in the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. Nominations opened in April, with the CNPD Research & Scholarship Committee making final determinations for the recipients.

Four awards were given.

Dr. Yi-Ping Hsieh
Dr. Yi-Ping Hsieh, EXPERIENCED: Tenure Track (Social Work)

Dr. Yi-Ping Hsieh has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and has a significant funding record. This work includes her role as Co-PI of the ICWA Grant for State-Tribal Partnerships, where she has driven sustainable partnerships and fostered cultural responsiveness within child welfare systems to enhance outcomes for Native children and families in North Dakota.  In addition, Dr. Hsieh’s work extends into the field of adoption and guardianship, where she has tracked individuals’ family and social experiences from childhood through young adulthood using innovative research methods such as Artificial Intelligence and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Dr. Karen Semmens, EXPERIENCED: Clinical Track (Nursing)

Dr. Karen Semmens has a passion for working with underserved and rural populations, which embodies the mission and vision of the CNPD. Karen’s scholarship has included significant funding for her work to expand sustainable long-term care services and support delivered at the Spirit Lake Nation. In addition, she has worked with the Tribal Veterans offices to help older Native American Veterans navigate and obtain eligible services; her work has also resulted in an increase in elder caregiver services in tribal communities across the state of North Dakota, with a primary focus on the Spirit Lake community, and a future focus on the Standing Rock Tribe.

Dr. Jeffrey Anvari-Clark, NOVICE: Tenure Track (Social Work)
Dr. Jeffrey Anvari-Clark, NOVICE: Tenure Track (Social Work)

Dr. Jeffrey Anvari-Clark’s research focuses on the financial domain of behavioral health and financial interdependence (Fl). Dr. Anvari-Clark has secured funding to support two successful colloquia and the development of a dedicated website which has fostered an interdisciplinary network of 20+ affiliate participants (including members of national foundations and government agencies) and initiated a dialogue on Financial Interdependence practices.


Dr. Anne Bodensteiner, NOVICE: Clinical Track (Nutrition & Dietetics)
Dr. Anne Bodensteiner, NOVICE: Clinical Track (Nutrition & Dietetics)

Dr. Anne Bodensteiner is considered a pioneer in developing a curriculum at UND that specializes in training Health Coaches. Dr. Bodensteiner’s published research has focused on Gastrointestinal disorders of rare disease conditions and the dietary approaches related to their management. She has also published work that focuses on advice for the 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) Scientific Advisory Committee that addresses the relationship between dietary patterns with ultra-processed foods (UPF) and reasonably aligns with the recommendations for a healthy dietary pattern.

Student Poster Award Winners

faculty favorite award recipients

Faculty Favorite, selected by CNPD Faculty

Nurse Anesthesia: The Hidden Gem, presented by UND Nursing students Kristine Cacnio, Alexis Schauer Gilson, and Ashley Souders.

The preventative effects and impact of the Mediterranean diet and MIND diet on Alzheimer’s disease development, presented by UND Nutrition & Dietetics students Maggie Dervis and Skylar Thingvold.

Enhancing Mental Health Support for Refugee Youth in Grand Forks High Schools, presented by UND Social Work student Nshimirimana Aline.

Crowd favorite award recipients

Crowd Favorites, selected by the general public

Benefits of Acupuncture for Menopausal Women, presented by UND Nursing students Natalie Johnson, Mikayla Leach, Katelyn Longerbone, Kipton Pintok, and Alexis Thomas

Effects of Time-Restricted Eating (TRE) on Metabolism and Cognitive Function, presented by UND Nutrition & Dietetics students Autumn Thompson, Ashley Chase, Tristan Darland, Bjorn Sheils, and Dmitri Poltavski

Empowering Reentry: The Crucial Role of Social Support for Newly-released Indigenous Inmates, presented by UND Social Work student Alyssa Alberts.



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