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Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (IRC)

Program overview

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

IRC is a one credit hour course open to all ASU first year students and required for first year graduate student recipients of the Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship. This colloquium provides an opportunity for students to discuss and share their own research, collaborate with peers for interdisciplinary research projects, and interact with other underrepresented scholars in a multicultural academic community.

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, http://drylab2023.net/

IRC Alumni

  • 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
  • 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

Current IRC students


Jennifer Cason, Director of Support Initiatives, jennifer.cason@asu.edu