Center for Interdisciplinary Research

Part of the NSF Program to Enhance the Mathematical Science Workshop for the 21st Century (DMS-1045015 and DMS-0354308).

What is it?

Under our original grant, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) brought together undergraduate statistics students supervised by statistics faculty with faculty and students from other disciplines to share in the excitement and challenge of working across the traditional academic boundaries to collaborate on research.  Under our current grant, the CIR will be expanded to include applied and computational mathematics and an increased number of students from underrepresented groups, while still maintaining the original grant’s goals of attracting more students to graduate study and careers in the mathematical sciences, especially through successful interdisciplinary, collaborative research experiences as undergraduates.

Past Cohorts of CIR Fellows:


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The philosophy of the CIR is to foster interdisciplinary research through:

  • Enhancing communication between the different academic disciplines and
  • Engaging faculty and students in problem-based collaborations.

What does the CIR have to offer?

  • Research team collaborations
  • Fellowships for Undergraduate Students
  • Student Seminar Series
  • Drop in for consultation at the CIR in Regents 207

How can you get involved?

If you are a faculty member… The CIR provides faculty from nearly any discipline an opportunity to enrich your research through collaborating with faculty and students in statistics and the mathematical sciences. Contact Julie Legler, Paul Roback, Sharon Lane-Getaz, or Katie Ziegler-Graham to discuss potential collaborations. Contact information appears below.

If you are a student… Students with statistics concentrations can gain invaluable experience by participating in interdisciplinary research. Besides getting to know other statistics students, you apply your statistics knowledge to interesting, real research problems. You learn skills that will make you a productive, valued member of an interdisciplinary research team.  These same opportunities are now being expanded to students in applied and computational mathematics.

Where is the CIR?

Regents 207.

Who can I contact?

Paul Roback –
Sharon Lane-Getaz –
Katie Ziegler-Graham –
Jaime Davila –
Laura Boehm Vock –
Joe Roith –

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