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IdeaFest Celebrates 25 Years of Academic Research and Creative Scholarship

The University of South Dakota hosts its 25th annual IdeaFest on April 5-6.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Delivered through oral presentations, live performances and displays, students from all disciplines will present academic research and creative scholarship at the University of South Dakota’s 25th annual IdeaFest on April 5-6.

“The Center for Academic and Global Engagement is remarkably proud to assist with the planning and preparation of this event,” said Mark Maxon, director of CAGE. “Kim Albracht, our Assistant Director for Undergraduate Research, and graduate assistant Sami Lenz, have led the assembling of what we hope is a fabulous showcase of the hard work, ingenuity, collaborative spirit, and drive shown by our students and their mentors.”

Jorge Huerta, Chancellor’s Associate Professor of Theatre Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, will present the keynote address Wednesday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in the Muenster University Center Ballroom. Huerta’s lecture is titled “The Role of the Artist in a Society in Crisis.”

The faculty keynote address will be delivered by Brennan Jordan, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences on Thursday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m. at the Muenster University Center Ballroom.

IdeaFest is sponsored by the Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Vice-President for Research & Sponsored Programs, Center for Academic and Global Engagement, USD Graduate School and various other campus partners. For additional information, please visit IdeaFest’s website.


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 84 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.