Interdisciplinary Honor society

As a VP of events for IDR interdisciplinary honor society, I would like to dedicate this post to the beauty and importance of interdisciplinary researches. First thing first though, “our honor society is accepting applications for membership from Monday, September 2 through midnight on Sunday, September 22, 2013. IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities.  We have two levels of membership – Full and Associate.  We accept both graduate and undergraduate members.  Our membership application, requirements for membership, and information about our society can be found at  Any questions about our memberships, the application package, or assistance with your application can be directed to our VP of Membership, Tammy Parece, at”

Disciplines are more than just knowledge about a certain science, a few courses that teachers teach and students learn. Each field teaches students a certain method of thinking. After graduating from college an engineer does not see the world around the same way that an artist does. An engineer sees the world from the engineering window and an artist from the art window. If a group of people are asked about a familiar object, for instance a bicycle they all would say “it is a bicycle” but if they were asked to explain it in one unique sentence, each individual will define it differently. An engineer sees it as a machine that converts energy. An artist would see it as a combination of lights and colors. All of that is because we are all tough to see differently, which is the beauty of science. And it gets more interesting and more useful when all of these methods of thinking come together and solve a complicated problem. This is called the Interdisciplinary research that has caught more attention in the last decade. An interdisciplinary research is defined as integrating knowledge of various disciplines and tackle a complicated research that cannot be studied otherwise. Although the definition is complete, but I think there is more in this type of researches. It brings different methods of thinking together!

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