Graduate College

IRC students 2016
Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (IRC) students from the 2016-2017 class are: (Back row, left to right) Edward Buie, Karina Cahill, Ricardo Romero, Miandra Ellis, Clarissa Goldsmith, Muriel Adams. (Front row, left to right) Marco Pina, Kathleen Padilla, Roberto Renteria, Alejando Lorenzo, Madison Cortez, Gabriela Stegmann, Gianna Rea-Sandin, Peaches Ulrich, Bianca Cruz.

Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (IRC)

Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (IRC) promotes interdisciplinary research, professional development and community among a diverse group of stellar first-year graduate students.

Originally developed for Reach for the Stars and Doctoral Enrichment Fellows, IRC is also open to any first-year graduate student who is underrepresented in their field of study.

IRC is an interdisciplinary course that provides an opportunity for students to hone their skills, gain self-confidence, successfully communicate their research topic, and develop leadership abilities. IRC is also a great way for graduate scholars to network and collaborate with their peers across disciplines. IRC seminars are restricted to enrolled students. IRC student presentations are open to the ASU community and invited guests.

Current IRC Students


IRC Students in the News

  • Sofia Pacheco-Fores, Sakena Young-Scaggs, Keeonna Harris and Tyna Yost win innovation award for "Three Sisters" program. April 21, 2014
  • Online job chart teaches kids financial literacy, by IRC graduate student, Brittany Ducksworth,, Feb. 7, 2014
  • ASU climbs rankings for minority-awarded graduate degrees. ASU News, October 03, 2013
  • Graduate interdisciplinary course encourages diversity in research. ASU News, May 10, 2013
  • ASU's Week in Pictures. January 10, 2013 (Daniel Kanu is a Reach for the Stars Fellowship Recipient)
  • William Bowman, a Doctoral Enrichment Fellow, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. ASU News, May 29, 2012
  • Grad students join elite Sydney Biennale art world exhibit. ASU News, June 19, 2012 (Kade Twist is a Reach for the Stars Fellowship Recipient)
  • Graduate fellowship winners inspired by diversity course. ASU News, March 14, 2012

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Program Contact

To participate in IRC, contact Jennifer Cason, Director of Graduate Support Initiatives,