Students Showcase Research and Creativity at IdeaFest

Image IdeaFest USD's IdeaFest is April 13-14.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s 24th annual IdeaFest is April 13-14. It provides students from all disciplines an opportunity to present their academic and creative pursuits through oral presentations, live performances, mock trials and panel discussions.

Danielle Buttke, DVM and Ph.D., who graduated from USD in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in ecology and political science, will present the keynote address Wednesday, April 13. As the One Health coordinator for the National Park Service, she promotes a public understanding that human, animal and environmental health are all linked, and that all species benefit when disciplines work together to promote health and conservation. Buttke has received national recognition for her previous work as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health.

Kathleen Brown-Rice, Ph.D., and assistant professor in the USD psychology department, will present the faculty keynote address on Thursday, April 14 with guest speaker Lee Baugh, Ph.D., assistant professor of basic biomedical sciences.

Both presentations take place at 4 p.m. each day in the Muenster University Center ballroom. Details are available at


USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and knowledge and connect with their community and the larger world. CAGE offers academically based opportunities that create skills employers and graduate schools seek. Among them: off-campus service-learning programs, studying abroad, student exchange, undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards and fellowships. CAGE also provides support to international students with cultural and academic adjustments as well as immigration concerns.


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 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, 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 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News