Awards 2012

2012 Iota Delta Rho Award for Interdisciplinary Research Essay of the Year

  • Open to all Virginia Tech students at any degree level
  • A prize will be awarded to the best essay answering the following question:

Choose a public audience (not a university-based one).  How would you explain to them the value of interdisciplinary research?

Examples of possible audiences include, but are not limited to, an elementary school class, a church group, members of Congress, etc.  Please make the chosen audience explicit at the beginning of your essay, and keep this audience in mind throughout your essay.  You can think of this essay as a speech, for example.  Your examples do not have to be limited to your own research area.  Be creative!

Applicants are required to submit the following items electronically to Carol Johnson ( by midnight on Sunday, April 1:

  1. One-page cover page including the essay title, applicant name, program/college/degree level, and a short biography.
  2. 500 word essay answering the IDR-related question above.

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