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Graduate Student Council

The Graduate 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.
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The Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (JIDR) is an annually published, peer-reviewed graduate student journal. The primary mission of this journal is to promote and discover interdisciplinary areas of academic research. The deadline for paper submissions this year is April 7, 2016, via a Blackboard site. The best three papers will be awarded at the Community of Scholars event on April 28. If you are interesting in joining the JIDR or if you have questions, please contact jidr@mail.missouri.edu. Learn more about the JIDR here.

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


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