Home / Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (IRC)

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.

Fall 2019 Course Information

Course: GRD 598-1001

Course Title: Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium

Class# 72900, Course ID# 105886

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


Clarissa Abidog
Fredrick Brown
Lynette Bustos
Thomaz Carvalhaes
Lydia Chelle
Suzanne Coble
Esther do Lago e Pretti
Eric Escoto
Jasmine Eythrib
Alexis Faison-Duckett
James Garcia
Jessica Givens
Anjanette Griego
Monica Hernandez
Anissa Keane
Danielle Lucero
Areej Mawasi
Bukola Obayomi
Jessica Ortiz
Celina Osuna
Armando Pena
Angela Robin
Alonzo Silavong
Samantha Zah


Muriel Adams
Edward Buie II
Karina Cahill
Danelle Cooper
Madison Cortez
Bianca Cruz
Miandra Ellis
Maria Esquinca
Renee Garbe
Clarissa Goldsmith
Kathrine Kemmitt
Alejandro Lorenzo
Ihaia Miller
Ricardo Millhouse
Kathleen Padilla
Cassandra Philippon
Marco Pina
Charlene Poola
Gianna Rea-Sandin
Roberto Renteria
Ricardo Romero
Gabriela Stegmann
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.comFeb. 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.


Jennifer Cason, Director of Graduate Student Support Resources, jennifer.cason@asu.edu