IdeaFest GenericApril 5-6, 2017

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.

Applications for IdeaFest 2016 are now open

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Additional information about IdeaFest is available by contacting or by contacting the Center for Academic & Global Engagement at 605-677-6338.


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

2016 IdeaFest Program Booklet

2016 IdeaFest Keynote Speakers

USD Danielle Buttke

Danielle Buttke - "America's Best Idea: Taking Risks and Reaping Rewards of Research"

Where: MUC Ballroom
When: April 13, 2016 @ 4 p.m.

Danielle Buttke is the one Health Coordinator for the National Park Service, a joint position between the Wildlife Health Branch and Office of Public Health. One Health is the recognition that human, animal, and environmental health are all linked, and that all species benefit when disciplines work together to promote health and conservation. Prior to joining the National Park Service, Buttke served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health, where her work responding to an Unknown Liver Disease outbreak and the oil spill earned her national recognition as a CDC Honor, Mackel, Mitch Singal, and James Steele award recipient. 

Buttke earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine focusing on production animal medicine and public health and her PhD in comparative biomedical sciences as a dual degree student at Cornell University. She earned her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University focusing on environmental health, and her BS in Biology and Political Science from the University of South Dakota.  She is an Honors Program graduate, was a Mickelson Scholar, two-time Udall Scholar and National Science Foundation grant recipient for her work on tall grass prairie restoration.

In partnership with the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Center for Academic & Global Engagement, the Graduate School & Division of Continuing & Distance Education, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Kathleen Brown-Rice USD

Kathleen Brown-Rice - "Developing a Research Agenda: Integrating Passion, Scholarship, Collaboration, and Integrity"

With Special Guest: Dr. Lee Baugh, Assistant Professor of Basic Biomedical Sciences

Where: MUC Ballroom
When: April 14, 2016 @ 4 p.m

Dr. Kathleen Brown-Rice, PhD, LPC, LMHP, LCAS, CAC, QMHP, ACS, NCC is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Counseling and Psychology in Education in the School of Education at the University of South Dakota. She received her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Dr. Rice is a Licensed Professional Counselor (SD, NE, and NC), Licensed Mental Health Provider (NE), Certified Addiction Counselor (SD), Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (NC), Qualified Mental Health Professional (SD), Approved Clinical Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor. Her research interests relate to American Indian mental health with an emphasis on the implications of historical trauma, professional counselor supervision and training with a focus on ethical and cross-cultural considerations, risky substance use, and understanding emotional regulation through neural imaging. She has worked as a professional counselor in various clinical mental health settings and continues to practice part-time.

In partnership with the Office of the Provost, the School of Education, the Center for Academic & Global Engagement, the Graduate School & Division of Continuing & Distance Education, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs