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USD IdeaFest Celebrates Student Intellectual and Creative Achievements

Keynote speaker will address Career Choices and Gender

IdeaFest, an annual celebration of academic research, intellectual imagination and creative scholarship, is scheduled for the University of South Dakota on April 15 and 16. 2015 marks the 23rd annual IdeaFest event.

USD undergraduate and graduate students in a wide array of disciplines will present their work in oral and poster presentations, live performances, readings, exhibits and displays. Most activities take place in the Muenster University Center.

The public is welcome to witness student presentations, and to learn about the passion and knowledge of USD students.

A highlight of IdeaFest is the keynote speech, delivered April 15 at 4 pm in the Muenster University Center. This year’s speaker is Dr. Jacquelynne S. Eccles, a nationally recognized researcher. Her topic is “STEM and Gender: Understanding Young People’s Career Choices”.

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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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News