Monthly Archives: March 2018

GSRA Symposium

Hello IDR Members!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoyed the snowy weekend!

As a reminder, we are a major sponsor at the Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 28th from 8am to 8pm. A preliminary schedule can be found at: .

The IDR officers will be at the event, promoting the society and checking out the many very cool presentations that will be happening! If you have any time that day and would be interested in helping us to man the IDR table and hand out flyers, we would really appreciate it! Simply email me ( as soon as possible to let me know!

Thanks so much!
Melissa Kenny
IDR, President

Speaker Spotlight

Hello IDR Members!

I hope you all had a great spring break and snow day! I wanted to email you about a few upcoming events and other notifications for IDR (sorry for the length, but bear with me and please read through)!

1. We are excited to announce our next Speaker Spotlight which will highlight Dr. Sharri Zamore who will give us a talk titled “From Science to Science Communication” on Wednesday March 21st at 10:30am in GLC room A. This talk is going to be really interesting and I highly recommend it. Dr. Zamore has studied many different disciplines, notably in science and engineering fields, but her true passion is science communication and how the public perceives what we, as researchers, do. There will be coffee and donuts at the event! I’ve attached the flyer and would really appreciate it if you could distribute to your listservs or anyone you think might be interested, this talk is open to all!

2. This year, we are a major sponsor at the Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium ( on Wednesday, March 28th. We will be at the event, promoting interdisciplinarity and enjoying presentations by many of the students on their research here at VT. We will be awarding posters and talks based on interdisciplinarity as well. We encourage you all to try to take time to come see some of the amazing talks and poster presentations at the event. We will also be handing out flyers on membership as well as some IDR merchandise at the event! If you have even an hour or two and would like to help out, please email me ( ASAP and we really appreciate the help!

3. Thank you to all of you who voted for the IDR Constitution amendments earlier this year. We successfully changed the IDR Consitution to include a new membership type! We are now accepting full graduate members, full undergraduate members, and associate members. If you’d like to read about the differences, please check out our website: . Hopefully these changes will help us to broaden our membership to include more undergraduates interested and participating in interdisciplinary research!

4. Speaking of which, membership is currently OPEN and we are accepting spring applicants! PLEASE share this far and wide to everyone you know who might be interested. Visit to find the application packet and any other information you may need.

Thank you all and sorry again for the length of this! Please email me with any questions you may have and hope to see you all soon!

Melissa Kenny
IDR, President