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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.

IRC introduces new graduate students to Arizona State University’s unique, socially-transformative academic culture. It fosters an inclusive environment in which students will examine and reflect upon the practices and conventions of their own academic disciplines, consider ways in which interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches may complement or strengthen their disciplinary work and begin building robust scholarly identities. Through engagement with an interdisciplinary cohort and visiting scholars and professionals, students have the opportunity to develop and reflect upon their scholarly identities, conceptualize and contextualize their research interests in light of ASU’s ongoing evolution as a “New American University,” and begin to build their networks with other emerging scholars.

Fall 2020 Course Information

Watch this space! More information coming soon.

IRC Students in Action

  • Edward Buie II, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2017-2018).

  • Michele Clark, U.S. Fulbright Scholar - Nepal  (2017-2018).

  • Maria Esquinca, Money from relatives in U.S. sustains many Mexican families, May 5, 2017.

  • Cydnei Mallory, invites you to witness what happens when she and 7 participants work together to sustain themselves with a drastically reduced water allocation, drylab2023.net.

IRC Alumni

Clarissa Abidog Muriel Adams
Fredrick Brown Edward Buie II
Lynette Bustos Karina Cahill
Thomaz Carvalhaes Danelle Cooper
Lydia Chelle Madison Cortez
Suzanne Coble Bianca Cruz
Esther do Lago e Pretti Miandra Ellis
Eric Escoto Maria Esquinca
Jasmine Eythrib Renee Garbe
Alexis Faison-Duckett Clarissa Goldsmith
James Garcia Kathrine Kemmitt
Jessica Givens Alejandro Lorenzo
Anjanette Griego Ihaia Miller
Monica Hernandez Ricardo Millhouse
Anissa Keane Kathleen Padilla
Danielle Lucero Cassandra Philippon
Areej Mawasi Marco Pina
Bukola Obayomi Charlene Poola
Jessica Ortiz Gianna Rea-Sandin
Celina Osuna Roberto Renteria
Armando Pena Ricardo Romero
Angela Robin Gabriela Stegmann
Samantha Zah Peaches Ulrich


IRC Alumni Highlights

  • 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, azcentral.com, Feb. 7, 2014.
  • ASU climbs rankings for minority-awarded graduate degrees. ASU News, October 03, 2013.
  • The 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.