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Graduate education at Virginia Tech is transcending traditional disciplinary perspectives and promoting collaborations across colleges, departments, and academic units. Today's societal problems are complex and must be understood and solved through the collaboration of multiple disciplines rather than by insulated thinking and action (Repko, 2008). As Karl Popper states, "We are not students of some subject matter, but students of problems. And problems may cut right across the borders of any subject matter or discipline" (The National Academy of Sciences, 2005, p.16). Interdisciplinary education and research embraces diversity, inclusiveness, educational breadth, and inter-dependence, promoting a person-oriented rather than a product oriented attitude towards graduate education, thus creating novel learning and discovery opportunities that are needed to train our future professoriate, workforce, and leaders. Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine. (2005). Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press. Repko, A.F. (2008). Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

News & Events

Wednesday, April 17, 5:00pm-9:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech

The Interdisciplinary Research Honor S...

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Open Forum with Faculty and Graduate Students: Wednesday September 26th, 2:00-3:30p GLC rm F

Michael O’Rourke,...

The Graduate School is hosting workshop IV for faculty considering Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) submis...

The Graduate School will support three new IGEPs beginning spring 2013 for planning purposes, with the first cohorts of students enrolling fall 201...

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

Spring 2012 Seminar Series

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The Graduate School is hosting workshop III for faculty considering Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) submissions in the future....

The Graduate School will support three new IGEPs beginning Spring 2012 for planning purposes, with the first cohorts of students enrolling Fall 2012....
The course will introduce to the basic concepts of policy making and how policy and S&T get interconnected. It will also take several broad topic...
This course will examine the interface between the engineering and biological sciences, with a particular emphasis on transport phenomena in biologica...
This interdisciplinary course will integrate discussions of biomaterial synthesis and characterization, biodegradation, and fabrication methods for fo...
The IGEP workshop was held on March 15, 2011 in the GLC Room F. Thirty-five people were in attendance, including eight panelists. The panelists cons...
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