Interdisciplinary Initiatives


About the Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives

The Graduate School’s Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives is charged with leading the development of institutional policies and programs that enhance the University of Minnesota’s ability to foster interdisciplinary inquiry by graduate students and faculty.

We expect these initiatives to remove barriers to working effectively across disciplines, to significantly improve our ability to conduct interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative work, and to provide unparalleled interdisciplinary graduate education and training.


News & Events

Outcome of Spring 2014 Call for Funding Proposals for Existing Interdisciplinary Graduate Groups

Nine interdisciplinary graduate groups were awarded funding via a spring 2014 call for proposals (funding amounts ranged from $1,820 to $8,000). Learn more about this year's winners > 

Fifteen graduate students receive 2014-2015 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship awards

The outstanding recipients of the 2014-2015 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship awards draw from multiple areas of study to find original solutions and explanations to real-world problems, contributing significantly to research in their fields. They tackle complex questions, integrating knowledge and methods from a broad range of disciplines. Learn more about this year's fellows >

Outcome of 2013-14 Competition for Innovative Ideas in Interdisciplinary Graduate Education

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the outcome of its 2013-14 competition for innovative ideas in interdisciplinary graduate education.  Ideas were judged on the basis of their alignment with the Graduate School’s mission and vision; the likelihood of the idea to have a positive impact on graduate students and their education; the feasibility of sustaining the innovation beyond the implementation year; and the scope of the proposed innovation and the potential for its adoption by others seeking to enhance interdisciplinary graduate education.  Five best innovative ideas were selected to receive modest awards, and two proposals received honorable mention.  Read about the best innovative ideas.  For more information about this year's competition, see the call for proposals.


News Archive

November, 2013 | Interdisciplinary Faculty Advisory Committee Formed: A new, Interdisciplinary Faculty Advisory Committee has been formed to advise the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education on issues, trends, best practices, challenges and opportunities in intercollegiate, interdisciplinary graduate education. Read more >

November, 2013 | New Interdisciplinary Master’s Program:
A new, interdisciplinary Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Medical Device Innovation will accept its first students to start in June 2014.  Administered by the Technological Leadership Institute in the College of Science and Engineering, the new program will combine specialized scientific and technical education in medical device innovation with management and leadership skills.  Detailed information is available on the program’s web site.

Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group promotes integration of qualitative and quantitative methods

U of M among the ten top recipients of NSF IGERT program awards

Nine interdisciplinary graduate groups received funding in the 2013 Graduate School competition


Interdisciplinary and Integrative Leadership Opportunities

Are you a graduate student with interdisciplinary interests looking to develop leadership and/or public engagement skills?  Check out the Boreas Leadership Program, ACARA, the Center for Integrative Leadership, and the Office of Public Engagement for starters.