Rachael Kennedy Doctoral Defense

Our own Rachael Kennedy is giving her Doctoral Defense on March 24, 2017 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in Litton Reaves Hall, Room 1810. The title of her dissertation is “Establishing Nourishing Food Networks in an era of Global-local Tensions: An Interdisciplinary Ethnography of Turkey”. You are invited to attend.

Call for volunteers – GSA Symposium

The GSA is hosting their annual symposium on March 29th and they are looking for volunteers to help out with the event. This year IDR is a co-sponsor, so it would be great if we could get a good showing of IDR member volunteers! If you are willing to help with the symposium, just let me know of your availability between 9 am and 8 pm on the 29th. Also, all volunteers will be treated to a happy hour event that evening courtesy of GSA! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

International Funded Opportunities, Info Session

Our own President, Rachael Kennedy, will be speaking at the following information session on International Funded Opportunities on March 22, 2017. All are invited to attend.

International Funded Opportunities, Info Session

Fulbright and Boren Awards
Presented by CALS Global and the Global Education Office
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 2:00 PM at Fralin Auditorium


Betty Watts, VT Fulbright Program Advisor
Dr. Tom Thompson, Associate Dean and Director of International Programs, CALS
Rachael Kennedy, Fulbright Student to Turkey
Emma Flemmig, Fulbright Student to India


The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (Iota Delta Rho – IDR) invites you to submit an application for either full and associate membership. We are creating a thriving community of scholars across VT who work to integrate different disciplines, theories, methods, etc. Show us how you integrate interdisciplinary research! We accept both graduate and undergraduate students who are heading their own projects.​ Submission deadline is April 2, 2017. The application can be found at:
Contact Melissa Kenny( with questions.​​​

New Members

The Iota Delta Rho interdisciplinary research honor society is currently accepting applications for both full and associate memberships. We are an organization geared towards promoting interdisciplinary research here at Virginia Tech. If you are working on an interdisciplinary research project, we encourage you to apply! We accept both graduate and undergraduate students who are heading their own projects.

To apply for either full or associate membership, please fill out the following survey with all the necessary information:

More information about the organization can be found at:

For any questions, please contact Melissa Kenny at

We hope to hear from many of you soon!