ideaFest: A Celebration of Humboldt’s Scholarly and Creative Talents

Apr 27, 2022

Cal Poly Humboldt’s annual research and project showcase, ideaFest, which will feature more than 400 student, staff, and faculty activities from the past year.

A student shows off a class project at ideaFest.
A student shows off a class project at ideaFest.

Although college students have access to many free or low-cost services, a majority do not take advantage of these resources. For decades, researchers have sought solutions to this misalignment of service availability, need, and utilization. Cal Poly Humboldt Psychology students recently developed the College Help-Seeking Behavior Scale to assess college students’ intention and past behavior regarding seeking help from social networks and on-campus services for various problems, the first measure of its kind. 

That’s just one of the projects highlighted at Cal Poly Humboldt’s annual research and project showcase, ideaFest, which will feature more than 400 student, staff, and faculty activities from the past year on Friday, May 6.

The Marching Lumberjacks will kick off the activities at 2:25 p.m. outside the main entrance of the Library. In addition to in-person and digital presentations, the event will feature live music, dance, and theater performances. 

Presentations include subjects like a new ocean wave model applied to the entrance of Humboldt Bay, hummingbird flower use at the Humboldt Botanical Garden, and explorations of romance in popular culture. You can see the full list of abstracts and presentations here. 

Art and performances include a sculpture walk (guided tours beginning at noon), film screenings, makeup and light demos, contemporary, Middle Eastern, and jazz dance, music, writing, and more. See a schedule of performances here. 

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Faculty, staff, students, and guests who are accessing campus facilities at any University location must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot if eligible. Any unvaccinated student, staff, or faculty member with an approved exemption must be tested weekly for COVID-19. Guests must follow the campus visitor policy, which can be viewed here. Wearing face masks on the Cal Poly Humboldt campus is encouraged and optional.

Past contributions to ideaFest can be viewed at the Cal Poly Humboldt Digital Commons.