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Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Interdisciplinary work can take many forms, from the individual scholar who integrates a diverse range of materials and methodologies into his or her research, to ongoing collaborative ventures across multiple departments that produce new publications, national conferences, or new models for undergraduate and graduate pedagogy. Here are a few of the opportunities graduate students have to forge their own innovative, interdisciplinary engagement.


Certificate programs offers curricular opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary work and collaborative projects. Students either work outside their major area or simply delve more deeply into innovative directions within their own scholarship. These programs are founded on diversity and originality of approach, collegiality and can be beneficial for developing and carrying out dissertation projects.

MANRRS: Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences

MANRRS is a national society that welcomes people of all racial and ethnic groups to participate in agricultural and related science careers. MANRRS members are encouraged to participate in other professional associations for their fundamental disciplinary and career interests. However, MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support the professional development of minorities. It is a springboard for their entry into and advancement in careers where they otherwise could be lost in mainstream participants' sheer number and established connections. For student members, MANRRS provides role models and networking opportunities. MANRRS also offers students opportunities to enhance leadership and organizational and public speaking skills and to experience a professional critique of scholarly work in a “user-friendly” environment.

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Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program

The Marine Estuarine & Environmental Science (MEES) Graduate Program’s mission is to educate students to become the scientific leaders and environmental problem-solvers of the future. Using an interdisciplinary approach, MEES students are trained to engage in scientific discovery, integration, and application to generate new knowledge and to solve environmental problems. Based around four Foundations, the MEES program was established to breakdown barriers between disciplines and to promote inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research through its multi-institutional structure which leverages the full breadth of expertise within the University System of Maryland (USM). MEES curriculum, designed around four Areas of Specialization (AOS) or Foundations: Environment & Society, Earth & Ocean Science, Ecological Systems, and Environmental Molecular Science & Technology, combines formal coursework, project-based learning and internships to provide exposure to state-of-the-art tools and technologies in equipping students for careers in government, commercial, the non-profit sector and academia.

Real Estate Development

Maryland’s Real Estate Development Program sets the standard in real estate education by offering a highly-flexible, personalized and interdisciplinary curriculum, real-world project work, mentorship and professional opportunities that align with the program’s “quadruple bottom line” projects that are financially feasible, environmentally respectful, socially responsible, and sustainably designed.

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