IdeaFest Generic

April 4-5, 2018

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.

Lauren FreeseApril 4: keynote address by Lauren Freese, Ph.D. in the MUC Ballroom, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Freese is an assistant professor of Art History in the Department of Art at the University of South Dakota. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of art history, utilizing food studies to better understand depictions of food and eating in American art. 

The title of her talk is "Eating, Drinking, and the Construction of Identity: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Artistic Identity in the American Popular Press."


Patricia Henderson

April 5: keynote address by Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson in the MUC Ballroom, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dr. Nez Henderson is a member of the Dine' (Navajo) tribe and serves as the Vice President for the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, an American Indian nonprofit health organization located in Rapid City, S.D. 

Dr. Nez Henderson is considered one of the leading authorities on tobacco control in American Indian communities. For the past eighteen years, she has collaborated with Tribes and tribal communities to implement comprehensive tobacco control and prevention programs. The title of her keynote address is "Using Cultural Knowledge and Science to Create Smoke-free Policies for Indian Country."

IdeaFest is made possible with campus partnerships:

  • Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs
  • Vice-President for Research & Sponsored Programs
  • Center for Academic and Global Engagement
  • USD Graduate School

Additional information about IdeaFest is available by contacting the Center for Academic & Global Engagement at or 605-677-6338. Details about submitting an abstract for presenting at IdeaFest can be found in