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Interdisciplinary Opportunities

With a wide array of expertise and resources all located on the same campus, MU establishes opportunities for collaboration that no other university can. By focusing on real-world problems, our networks secure external funding, recruit top students, attract prominent scholars and scientists, create jobs and improve the quality of life for people throughout the world.

Interdisciplinary research is MU’s hallmark. Examples of first-rate collaborative environments include the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition, the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Health Activity Center. Since its inception in 2009, Mizzou’s Interdisciplinary Innovations Fund has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to support student-centered interdisciplinary projects that use information technology to develop innovative approaches to teaching, research and service. MU is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus, fostering collaboration among departments and programs.

Interdisciplinary Academic Programs at the Graduate Level

The Graduate School oversees a number of interdisciplinary graduate degree and certificate programs. These programs are characterized by faculty coming together from different colleges and departments to create cutting-edge courses of study that prepare students for the quickly shifting world of academic and industry research and practice.

Mizzou Adventures in Education (Outreach)

Mizzou Adventures in Education is a free public outreach event for children in grades K-6. Last year more than 125 graduate students worked on disciplinary teams to effectively translate their research into engaging, age-appropriate educational activities. The next event will be held on April 12, 2014 in Jesse Hall. Grad students interested in teaching at Adventures should contact Dr. Robin G. Walker.

Mizzou Advantage

The Mizzou Advantage program reflects MU’s major strengths and collaborative culture. Mizzou Advantage fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, students and external partners to address and solve real-world needs and problems in four areas of strength: Food for the FutureMedia of the FutureOne Health/One Medicine; and Sustainable Energy. 

In 2013, the Graduate School received a Mizzou Advantage grant to train graduate students in interdisciplinary outreach. Four graduate student teams will work with Mizzou Advantage faculty mentors to plan educational booths for the  2014 Mizzou Adventures in Education event. Grant activities will be directed by Dr. Robin G. Walker.

Mizzou Advantage - Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowships

With support from the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence, Mizzou Advantage hosts postdoctoral teaching fellows selected from recent PhD awardees at MU. Each Mizzou Advantage area hosts a fellow, whose duties include teaching, course development and research. Learn more »

Mizzou Advantage - MU Graduate Peer Mentoring Program

Mizzou Advantage's Grduate Peer Mentoring Program partners senior graduate student with newly admitted graduate students for interdisciplinary collaborations. Learn more »