Einhellig Interdisciplinary Forum

Two students talking at the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum

The 30th Annual Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum will be held on April 29, 2023. 

Our institution prides itself on the extraordinary work of our students, done both independently and with the mentorship of our faculty. Our dedicated students have been working on research and creative projects that push the boundaries of our knowledge. The Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum (EIDF) is a celebration of graduate student achievements, and we invite all of you to join us to offer your encouragement and take part in the discussions our students have started.

We are looking forward to having you join us!

Students, share your research and creativity!

The EIDF showcases graduate student research and creative works through oral, poster, and performance presentations.  These presentations are designed for a mixed audience, so jargon is minimized and explanations are clear.


30th Annual
Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum
April 29, 2023

Submission Deadline:

The submission deadline for abstracts is Monday, April 3, 2023 by 5:00 pm. Check back soon for the submission link.

Event Location: 

The event will be held in-person in the Plaster Student Union (PSU) with virtual options available. 

Event Timeline Information:

8:00 am - 11:30 am  Poster, Oral, and Performance Presentations
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm   EIDF Awards Ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions about EIDF:

Are students required to upload a recorded presentation with their abstract?

  • Only if they are presenting virtually. In person poster, oral, or performance presentations do not require a video submission. 

I'm presenting my poster in person. Do I need to upload my poster with my abstract?

  • Yes. We want your poster to be seen by as many people as possible. For this reason, you will be asked to upload a PDF of your poster when you submit your abstract. 

I live out of state or will be away on April 29. I would like to present virtually; do I need to be available that day?

  • Yes, all students (including virtual participants) are required to be available during their assigned session time for judges to be able to ask questions. We want to ensure you have as much opportunity as possible to showcase your work. 

How long should my video be for my virtual presentation?

  • Poster presentation videos should be no more than 8-10 minutes.
  • Oral presentations should be up to 12 minutes. You will be given 3 minutes for Q&A for a total of 15 minutes of judges time. 
  • Performances can be up to 15 minutes in length and will not include judge Q&A.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact GradCollegeServices@missouristate.edu.

Presentation Categories

You can present your research though an oral presentation, a visual poster, or a performance. Learn details and tips for presenters

Poster presentations

You will have a 1 hour block that you are expected to be at your poster during for judging and viewing.

Oral presentations

You will have 12 minutes to present followed by 3 minutes for audience questions.  Please load your presentations on the room computer prior to the day's presentations.


You will have 15 minutes to perform. If your piece is static, consider entering the poster division.

Presentation Criteria

View the EIDF Judging Criteria here.


Awards for outstanding presentations are given in the three presentation divisions. Also, the award winners for Outstanding Graduate Assistants, Graduate Mentor, and Graduate Faculty are announced at the forum. This awards ceremony will start shortly after noon and will last about an hour. 

Other Involvement Opportunities

If you don’t want to present, you can be involved in the forum by:

 Past Forums

2022 EIDF

The 29th Annual Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum was held virtually and in person on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

These students were recognized for their outstanding presentations at the EIDF:

Outstanding Poster Presentations:

Kasey Buckley

Sarah Rasor

Catie Lusk

Abigail Castillo and Coauthors

Drew Laviada-Garmon

Jemimmah Namodi

Megan Prado

Sayyam Hamza

Ayesha Siddika

Victoria West Staples

Michael Baird

Rejeena Jha

Devon Romine

Muhammad Sharif Uddin

Mercedes Allen and Coauthors

Loren Bohannon

Bennett Van Horn

Kylie Mignone

Gabriel Purdy and Coauthors

Peggy Metcalf

Outstanding Oral Presentations:

Sophia Antonopoulous

Hannah Whaley

Hunter Bartlet

Tristin Cory


Outstanding Art Exhibition:

Haley Biere


Outstanding Virtual Presentations:

Gaurav Jain

Yasmin Rivera-Nunez

2021 EIDF

The 28th Annual Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum was held virtually on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Presenters, as well as judges, guests, and facilitators, met via Zoom and viewed student posters via ForagerOne. 

These students were recognized for their outstanding presentations at the EIDF:

Outstanding Poster Presentations:

Lisha Kraft

Anna Laffoon

Dane Wagner

John Kincaid

Matthew James

Taylor West

Susan Bailey

Matthew So

Heather Campie

Donald Wormington

Indigo Tran

Kavya Tummala

Hannah Peak

Alison Kuhn

Snigdha Chaudhari

Brooke Nadeau

Erica Cain

Kori McCurry

Bin Hao

Sarah Fringer

Melanie Bond Willenbrock

Sierra Chitwood

Megan Westwood

Alexis Gaono

Apryl Meyers

Allison Chamberlin

Honorable Mentions:

Samuel Johnson

Min Zhang

Elizabeth Troutwine

David Fleshman

Samuel Schrum

Abigail Prudden

Matthew Freese

Elizabeth Presley

Stewart McCollum

Samuel Robison

Taylor Corlee

Cammi Dargatz

Madison Turntine

2020 Einhellig IDF 

The 27th Annual Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum was held virtually on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Presenters, as well as judges, guests, and facilitators met via Zoom at 8:00am, and viewed student posters via ForagerOne.

Oustanding Poster Presentations:

Danielle Hart

Charles Agbavor

Debadutta Goswami

Britni Fear

Caitlyn Golden

Carly Bondelier

Megan McClure

Kara Murphy

Crystal Blackwell

Vy Nguyen

Tiffany Lee

Jessica Havener

Xin Wei Ong

Sylvia Ofori-Yeboah

Jessicad Bruer

Victoria Decocq

Heather Felske

Amanda McVicker

Arkanil Roy

Jedonna Griter

Husref Rizvanovic

Lauren Rogers

Emily Kinkade

Taylor Wiertzema

Abigail McCarty

Laura Barnett

Dede Carson

Ali Long

Kathryn Viletstra

Adjoa Adams

Ehsan Suez

Karin Shannon

Karlie Reinkemeyer

Shavonne Francis

Lexie Arbour

Katelynn Paro

Lakshmi Sravya Rallabandi

Supreet Randhawa

Elizabeth Farrah

Kelsey Keady

Jacob Luth

Courtney Fochs

Callie McLaurin

Taylor Turner

Kaitlin Voss

Haylee Kirkland

Melanie Shockley

Eva Ragon

Luckio Owuocha

Kailey Meyer

Rachel Hudson

Kafayat Yusuf

Mackenzie Loechner

Anna Ballard

Rachel Lorenz

Caitlyn Hill

Constance Brown

Margaret Baldwin

Shoukat Ahmed

Christopher Stefanile