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Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council provides social, academic, and professional support for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Students at UMKC. We host Happy Hours, an annual picnic, and the Community of Scholars celebration every spring, as well as assisting in the facilitation of an interdisciplinary research conference in the spring. Check out our RooGroups page.  
  • Welcome to our new 2014 executive board!
  • Recent Event: Community of Scholars Symposium and Awards Ceremony, May 8th, co-sponsored by the IDSC and the School of Graduate Studies
  • Upcoming Event: Fall IDSC picnic, date TBD
  • Upcoming Deadline: IDSC Travel Grant application deadline, September 2014
  • Upcoming Event: Third Annual Interdisciplinary research conference, Spring 2015
 

Stories from 50 years of graduate education.

Taken from our semesterly newsletter, the SGS Spotlight, these are words directly from our faculty, staff, current students and alumni.

UMKC offered an MPA with a focus on nonprofit management, which fit my educational needs and career goals. … Training under the caliber of faculty that UMKC has within PA&A opened many doors for me that might not have otherwise been opened. 
Dr. Erin Nemenoff, 2013 I.Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Administration and the Social Science Consortium, now tenure-line faculty at the University of Memphis
As an undergraduate, I double-majored in English and history, and I had a hard time deciding which subject to pursue in graduate school. My research and teaching are both very historically grounded, so I find it easy to work with interdisciplinary doctoral students who are incorporating the two disciplines in their dissertations. … I find our students to be highly engaged and dedicated, and for that reason I love teaching here.
Dr. Jennifer Phegley, professor, College of Arts and Sciences
As I completed my last six semesters while also working here, it reminded me that we are here for the students. It puts things in perspective of what we, staff and faculty, are all here for. … Even if it’s something very simple for me to do, the click of a mouse or a phone call to the right person, I have a feeling of accomplishment knowing I was able to assist the student and make their day.
Alphia Curry, Administrative Associate, School of Graduate Studies

Share Your UMKC Story

As UMKC’s School of Graduate Studies celebrates its 50th anniversary, we invite alumni everywhere to participate in our celebration by submitting photos and stories of your time at UMKC. Whether your submissions are about your favorite places around campus, the best advice from your graduate advisor, what you learned or what you miss the most, we would be delighted if you could share it with us. Photos and stories will be posted throughout the year on our SGS website, in our newsletter, via social media sites, and as part of a commemorative video celebrating 50 years of graduate education at UMKC.

Please remember to include your name (and maiden name, if applicable), degree(s), graduation year(s), telephone number/email address, and the city and state where you now reside. Also, if you are sharing a photo, remember to identify any UMKC alumni or students who are included in your submission, along with their degree(s) and graduation year(s). Oh, and you get bonus points if you are wearing ROO gear!

Send your photos and stories by July 31, 2014 to either UMKCSGS@umkc.edu or UMKC School of Graduate Studies, 300F Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64112. Thank you for making this a milestone to remember. No matter what year you graduated, we want to hear from you!

Written by Kate Lindsay

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