Interdisciplinary IGERT Projects

Group Project Guidelines

The primary objective of the group project is to promote learning across disciplines. Additional objectives are to practice the design and performance of interdisciplinary research, to learn to work effectively in groups, and to expand research beyond strict disciplinary and academic settings. Ideally, group projects will include several of the following elements:

  • Include teams of students from different disciplines (a team is defined as a minimum of 2 students)
  • Address a problem, issue, or research question that differs from or expands beyond dissertation research
  • Address the needs of a client outside the University
  • Take an interdisciplinary approach that draws on diverse strengths within the group
  • Have relevance to social, economic, or political issues
  • Produce a tangible outcome or work product
  • Add value to student learning and professional preparation


Trainees are encouraged to work with other members of their cohort to develop group project proposals and to identify one or more faculty members who can serve in as advisors for the project. Early consultation with iPOC faculty and with preceding iPOC cohorts is strongly advised. Projects should be approved by the Executive and Steering Committees to ensure that they meet the goals of the program and are feasible given constraints of time and funding.


Team members are encouraged to come to early agreement regarding individual responsibilities, project milestones, and deliverables. Means of resolving difficulties should be agreed upon at the start of the project. Remember that working effectively in groups is a learned skill, and one that can present unanticipated challenges. The group project offers an excellent opportunity to practice these skills.


Effort expended on projects is expected to approximately equal the effort to produce a peer-reviewed manuscript (though note that a manuscript is not a required product). Depending on the specific project, intense effort might be expended over a short period, or less intense effort over a protracted period. The project should be completed by the eighth quarter of participation in the iPOC program (exceptions can be granted by the Executive and Steering Committees).  Interim progress reports should be submitted to the Executive and Steering Committees in the last week of each academic quarter.

Video and Poster Competition

2013 IGERT Video and Poster Competition Submission

by iPOC Cohort 2

Science in Current WA State Ocean and Climate Legislation: Poster and Video


2012 IGERT Video and Poster Competition Submission

by iPOC Cohort 1

Dimensions of Ocean Change: Poster and Video:


Other Projects

Cohort 2 members Andrea Fassbender, Seth Bushinsky, Ashley Maloney, and Emily Newsom presenting their findings for “Understanding the use of science in Washington State climate legislation” at the Ocean Sciences Meeting that took place in Honolulu, Hawaii in February.¬† A link to the news article written about them and their project and their paper abstract are provided below.

Paper Abstract

News Article