Workshop Announcement: Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP)

The Graduate School is hosting a workshop for faculty considering Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) submissions in the future.  IGEPs are supported by the Graduate School and are intended to promote and sustain interdisciplinary graduate research and education at Virginia Tech.  Each IGEP addresses a major fundamental problem or complex societal issue requiring an interdisciplinary team of scholars.


On its first year, 17 IGEP proposals were submitted with participation from 183 faculty, 7 colleges, and 56 departments.  We are pleased to announce that four IGEPs have been awarded funding.  Over the next two years, three additional IGEPs will be funded each year.  The 2nd call for IGEP proposals (Fall 2012) will be announced in late March 2011 following the workshop with a deadline for mid Fall 2011 to allow more time for the development phase.


The workshop for future IGEP proposals will focus on the components of a successful proposal from the perspective of both IGEP reviewers and faculty with currently funded IGEPs.  The workshop will be held on March 15, 2011 from 1:00-3:00 pm in GLC room F.  Please join us!


Register now for Graduate Student Appreciation Luncheon

Departments and individual faculty are encouraged to join the Graduate School in celebrating the many contributions graduate students make to the university, by treating their students to a French-themed lunch buffet. Dean Karen DePauw will offer a welcome to mark the official beginning of Graduate Education Week. Participation by advance reservation only. Lunch tickets are $12.50/person. All reservation requests and advance payment must be received by March 14, 2011. Space is limited; reservations will be accepted as long as seats are available.

Monday, March 21, 11:30am-1:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

Download the registration form.

Institutional Plan for Graduate Degrees (IPGD)

The IPGD comprises a list of degree programs approved internally for development to begin during the 2011-12 academic year.  The intention is that these programs would be implemented no later than Fall 2014.

We anticipate that colleges will review and select from proposals generated by their academic units.  We would like to receive the college-approved proposals by March 14th so we can finalize the 2011-12 update to the IPGD by the end of the Spring 2011 semester.

Please provide the following information (in two or fewer pages) for degree programs or graduate certificates you wish to have considered for inclusion on the plan:

§  Need and demand for the degree

§  Target audience

§  Faculty resources to be utilized

§  Graduate courses (existing and proposed) underpinning the degree

§  Conformity with the VT Strategic Plan, particularly with regard to research emphasis and interdisciplinary nature

§  Source of financial support

§  Anticipated implementation date

Send proposals to Rosemary Blieszner, Associate Dean, Graduate School (, 1-5645) by March 14, 2011.