Center for Academic & Global Engagement Undergraduate Research


April 15 & 16, 2015

IdeaFest is an annual event celebrating student research, creative scholarship and academic engagement. Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines present their work in oral and poster presentations, live performances, readings, exhibits and displays. Not only does it offer students a unique opportunity to present their work, it's a way for the surrounding community to see how research and other academic activities enhance the education of students. As a highlight of the event, nationally recognized keynote speakers are invited to present their involvement in similar endeavors.

The IdeaFest speaker series is sponsored by the Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the Vice-President for Research & Sponsored Programs, the Center for Academic and Global Engagement, and the USD Graduate School in addition to various campus partners.


Keynote Speaker for 2015 - Jacquelynne Eccles


"STEM and Gender: Understanding Young People's Career Choices"

Where: MUC Ballroom
When: April 15, 2015 - Time: 4 p.m.

Jacquelynne S. Eccles received her PhD from UCLA. She has also served on the faculty at Smith College, the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan. In 1998-99, she was the Interim Chair of Psychology at Michigan and in 1986-88 she was the Assistant VP of Research at the University of Michigan. She was Chair of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Successful Pathways through Middle Childhood and a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Successful Pathways through Adolescence; the SRA (Society for Research on Adolescence) Program Chair, SRA Council member and President. She was also Program Chair and President for Division 35 of APA; a member of the CBASSE Committee of the National Academy of Science and Chair of the NAS Committee on After School Programs for Youth; and editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence. 

She is currently President-Elect of Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of APA and editor of both Developmental Psychology and the AERA Open Journal. Her awards include: the Spencer Foundation Fellowship for Outstanding Young Scholar in Educational Research, the Sarah Goddard Power Award for Outstanding Service from the University of Michigan, the APS Cattell Fellows Award for Outstanding Applied Work in Psychology, SPSSI's Kurt Lewin Award for outstanding research and Life Time Career Awards from both Division 7 and 15 of APA as well as both the Society for the Study of Human Development and the Society for Research on Adolescence. She has conducted research on topics ranging from gender-role socialization, teacher expectancies, and classroom influences on student motivation to social development in the family and school context. Her most recent work focuses on gender and ethnicity and on the transition from mid to late adolescence and into adulthood.


Iseley Marshall had a great experience in the Honors program and presenting at IdeaFest. Read her Testimonial.


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