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IdeaFest Generic

April 7-8, 2021

To provide the safest experience for all participants, IdeaFest 2021 will be held virtually via Zoom.  For information on COVID-19 measures and prevention visit the USD COVID-19 webpage.

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.

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 Gallagher Center for Experiential Learning & Education Abroad at or 605-658-3599. Details about submitting an abstract for presenting at IdeaFest can be found in