Einhellig Interdisciplinary Forum

Two students talking at the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum


May 2, 2020 Virtual Annual Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum.

We are collaborating with Foragerone to host our 2020 IDF Virtual Forum. Your presentation will be hosted virtually on Saturday May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We are excited to announce that despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be holding our annual Einhellig Interdisciplinary Forum (EIDF) of graduate student research and creative works on May 2nd 2020, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. To do so, we will be using an online platform called Symposium.

As you all know, 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 Graduate College has worked to set up this virtual symposium to offer the MSU community an opportunity to see their efforts. The 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.

You will need to sign up using your institutional email to gain access to our virtual symposium at ForagerOne. Please select “Missouri State University” in the dropdown menu to easily view the content, as well as offer your comments.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at Ahart@missouristate.edu.

We are looking forward to having you join us!


Will all presentations be in the form of a poster? Yes

Will the presenter of a poster be assigned a time slot in which they need to "virtually present"?  No, but there will be an open forum for Q & A about your presented research.

When submitting the poster through the "Virtual Research Symposium", are you wanting a PDF version of the powerpoint slide? Or the powerpoint itself?  All participants must use the one slide poster provided. No exceptions will be accepted.

Are participants required to engage during the entire event? This will be a completely virtual format and students will be required to participate at the opening remarks and the Q & A poster session which will begin immediately after the opening remarks. After the Poster Q & A we will have the awards announcements followed by closing remarks.

2019 Einhellig IDF 

The 26th Annual Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum was held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in the Robert W. Ballroom inside Plaster Student Union. Presentations began at 8 am, and presenters were there to check in at 7:45 am. 

The 27th Annual Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Share your research and creativity

The Frank Einhellig Interdisciplinary Forum 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.

Presentation categories

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

Oral presentations - in person or virtually

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.

Virtual presenters will be sharing their prepared materials and talking to the IDF attendees through Zoom. Please contact the Graduate College by March 16th for information on how this will work.

Poster presentations

Your poster will be hung between 7:45 and 11:45, and you will be assigned a 1-hour block to stand with it for judging.


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

Presentation Criteria

View the 2019 IDF 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 ceremony will start shortly after noon (in the PSU theater) and will last about an hour.  In addition to awards, it will include welcome messages from our President, our Provost, and the Graduate College Dean. The awards ceremony will start at approximately 12:10 pm and conclude by 1:30 pm. 

2019 winners

These students were recognized for their outstanding presentations at the 26th IDF:

Oral Poster

Oluwasegun Abolade

Abbigale Brown

Andrew White

Nathan Dorff

Daniel Hostens

Rajan Khadka

Sadie Land 

Amy Jordan

Zachary Ingram

Aidan Williams

McKenzie Mathewson

Elayna Coleman

Taylor Drosset-Stanfield

Jacqueline Payerli

Sarah Stone

Erin Geeding

Kirsten Kliethermes

Katie Pennell

Tyler Engerlbart

Meagan Rippee-Brooks

Sinjan Majumder

Abby Kosydor

Erica Samuel

Blair Hosier

Spencer Thomas

Steven Dillard

Andrew Dickerson

Bennett Conway

Halle Lynch

Kenneth Bedell

Natalie March

Joshua DeLozier

Jordan Shalla

Ambassador Mitchell

Shen Chen Hsieh

Other involvement opportunities

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


You will receive a confirmation via email within a week over the holidays or in less time when classes are in session.

You will receive detailed information before the event.