Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral
Washington State University’s individual interdisciplinary doctoral degree is a unique program, designed by you, to meet your individual interests. While many universities offer interdisciplinary degrees, very few offer one that is individually designed and able to meet the distinct needs, interests, talents, and career goals of each person.
IIDP students work on a broad range of topics, bridging many disciplines, as highlighted by the research topics of current students (see below). In their Ph.D. studies, IIDP scholars have addressed many important problems facing society—problems that are too complicated for a single discipline, and must be tackled by successfully integrating the perspectives of multiple disciplines.
Students who have earned IIDP Ph.D. degrees have gone on to successful careers in academic research and administration as well as the public and private sector. See some examples HERE.
IIDP student Ashley Railey talks about the flexibility of the IIDP program
IIDP Students in the NEWS!
Lisa Gloss, Dean
Washington State University
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Current Student Research Topics and Combined Disciplines
|Ballav Aryal||Economics, Statistics, Environmental science||Exploring effects of climate change on renewable energy production when environment constraints are present|
|Ajay Barman||Economics, Psychology, Epidemiology||TBD|
|Daniel Bayly||Education, Human Development, Neuroscience||How normal/healthy expression of play contributes to normal development, how abnormal or inhibited play expression may contribute to abnormal development|
|Yini Chin||Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles; Marketing; Economics||A cross-cultural study of omni-channel retailing: The innovative fashion industry in China and the U.S.|
|David Larsen||Music, History, Education||Research into how social, cultural, and political forces on the west coast affected jazz composers.|
|Dan Liang||Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles, Biological Systems Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering||TBD|
|Matthew Mietchen||Infectious Disease, Math/Statistics, Stochastic Systems||Control of diseases at the interface between different communities|
|Megan Nims||Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology||Interdisciplinary approach to fisheries ecology research, specifically questions of fish migration and provenance|
|Leonard Nderitu||Pathogenesis, Economics, Computational Science||Identifying the Anthrax hotspots, associated ecological factors, and population at risk in Kenya|
|Taylor Rezvani||Education; Psychology; Zoology||Assessment of human learning and educational programs as applied to canine development, behavior, socialization, and training and the resulting effects on the human/canine relationship|
|Jing Sun||Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles; Management, Information Systems & Entrepreneurship; Marketing & International Business; Hospitality Business Management||A study of the adoption decision making for and derived business value of apparel mobile commerce (m-commerce) from a company prospective|
|Susan Williams||Education-Teaching & Learning, Communications, Sociology||Research into how the apparel industry classifies the plus size consumer and the impact of this on women's sense of self.|