IdeaFest Generic

April 3-4, 2019

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. The celebratory two-day event also sets the stage to welcome distinguished keynote speakers and other inspirational activities, including TEDxUSD.

Michelle Lavallee

April 3: keynote address by Michelle Lavallee in the MUC Ballroom, 4 p.m. Lavallee is senior-level strategist with experience in six industry verticals. She currently owns her own strategy and marketing firm in Sioux Falls, The Lavallee Group. She helps companies establish their vision and create the supporting plans to ensure execution. 

The title of her talk is "Brand Building - For the Corporate Board Room or the University Dorm Room."

Kory Zimney

April 4: keynote address by Kory Zimney, PT, DPT, in the MUC Ballroom, 12:30 p.m. Zimney is an assistant professor within the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of South Dakota, senior faculty with the International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI) and researcher with Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group and USD Center for Brain and Behavior Research. His primary teaching, research, and treatment focus is with pain neuroscience, therapeutic alliance and evidence-based practice for orthopedic injuries of the spine and extremities. 

The title of his talk is "Pain Neuroscience Education - Helping Patients Understand Why They Hurt."

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 at the IdeaFest Google site or 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