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Individual Interdisciplinary Program students to present research, discuss program experiences

From staff reports | Mar 22, 2018

Two graduate students in Ohio University’s Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) will present their research and discuss their experiences with the program from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, in the Friends of the Library Room, Alden 319.

The IIP, administered by the Graduate College, offers master’s and doctoral students an opportunity for interdisciplinary study with a focus outside of other degree programs at the university. The program currently is accepting applications for the fall semester cohort (deadline June 1) and the spring semester cohort (deadline Oct. 15).

The program is offering a series of three information sessions and research presentations in April for prospective students and faculty to learn more about why graduate students are enrolling in the program and the research, scholarship and creative work they are pursuing as part of their studies.

The April 6 session will feature:

  • Micah McCarey, a doctoral student who combines studies in psychology and counseling. He will speak about how he decided to become a student in the IIP and present an overview of his current research, “Proposing and evaluating the impacts of participation in interdisciplinary growth and development groups designed to teach decision-making strategies.” His current faculty guidance committee members are Ted Welser and Claudia Gonzalez-Vallejo, College of Arts and Sciences; and Laura Black, Scripps College of Communication. Presentation time: 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Eric Lund, a doctoral student in the IIP who combines studies in biological and geological sciences. He will speak about how he decided to become a student in the IIP and present an overview of his current research: “Morphology of the Narial Region of Horned Dinosaurs, with a Review of Contemporaneous Chasmosaurines from the Kaiparowits and San Juan Basins, Southwestern United States.” His current faculty guidance committee members are Patrick O'Connor, Nancy Stevens and Larry Witmer, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Alycia Stigall, College of Arts and Sciences;  and Joe Sertich, Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Presentation time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Additional student presentations will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 and April 27 in the Friends of the Library Room, Alden 319.

For more information about the IIP program, visit https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/individual-program-study or contact Director Kamile Geist at geistk@ohio.edu.