Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Workshops and Research Study

We’re bringing together graduate students in STEM disciplines and the arts for a series of workshops featuring interdisciplinary dialogue, collaboration, and creative activities!

If you are interested learning more please reply to Mark Callahan,, and provide your name, major, and year of study.

UGA research featured in a2ru publication “The Case for Arts Integration”

December 11, 2019
Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
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UGA research featured in a2ru publication “The Case for Arts Integration”

The Case for Arts Integration, produced by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), presents insights gathered from interviews with academic leaders, institutional officers, faculty, staff, and students at over 60 research universities. The publication features evidence of impacts, best practices, challenges, and exemplars of arts integration, including Applying Creative Inquiry to Enhance Imaginative and Collaborative Capacity in STEM, a new UGA project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NSF Innovations in Graduate Education award supports a three-year project led by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the arts, humanities, and sciences at UGA. The award will bring together a diverse group of graduate students from STEM and arts disciplines to address environmental issues using creativity-based training methods from the arts. If successful, widespread adoption of these methods will contribute to equipping STEM graduates across the country with communication and collaboration skills and ultimately increase creative and innovative solutions to complex global environmental challenges.

The project team formed through a series of activities developed by Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA, in partnership with the Willson Center, the Graduate School, the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, the Office of Sustainability, and Watershed UGA. Encouraged by the success of a 2017 pilot program, the team was further motivated by the publication of a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in collaboration with a2ru, The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree.

a2ru facilitated a series of town hall meetings across the country to share the report’s findings and recommendation for “funders to take leadership in supporting integration by prioritizing and dedicating funding for novel, experimental, and expanded efforts to integrate the arts, humanities, and STEMM disciplines and the evaluation of such efforts.” The UGA project will be among the first in the nation to share data about the effectiveness of arts integration with STEM graduate training that is supported by rigorous quantitative and qualitative assessment methods.

Inclusion in The Case for Arts Integration is a further sign of UGA’s emergence as a nexus for arts and environmental research after hosting the 2018 a2ru national conference Arts Environments. The NSF award and forthcoming study assures continued prominence for UGA as an a2ru partner institution and contributor to innovation in arts research.

Project team:

Nathan Nibbelink (Center for Integrative Conservation Research/Forestry)

Lizzie King (Center for Integrative Conservation Research/Ecology/Forestry)

Mark Callahan (Ideas for Creative Exploration/Art)

Kathryn Roulston (Education)

Brian Haas (Psychology)

Chris Cuomo (Philosophy/Women’s Studies)

Laurie Fowler (Watershed UGA/Ecology)

Rebecca Gose (Dance)

Jenna Jambeck (Engineering)

Michael Marshall (Art)

Meredith Welch-Devine (Graduate School/Anthropology)

Call for Submissions: a2ru Ground Works

Call for Submissions: a2ru Ground Works
Priority date for submissions is February 28, 2020

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) issues a call for submissions to its online peer-reviewed collection of interdisciplinary arts projects, Ground Works.

We welcome submissions that integrate research and practice in the fine, performing, and applied arts and design with other disciplines. We seek a wide range of interdisciplinary works that pose a challenge to traditional peer review methods by inviting examination from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Eligible projects have achieved some initial recognition; they may be collaborative or sole-author, but should demonstrably advance multiple fields within and beyond the arts.

Ground Works: Exploring Research as Craft

Fall 2019
Ground Works Special Inaugural Edition

Exploring Research as Craft (ERAC) collaboratively engages seemingly disparate disciplines through craft, material meaning-making, and critical response. Across the sciences and arts, people engage with their material and social environments to craft meaning about the world. However, academic siloing and the prioritization of jargon over communication endorse narrow understandings of science, art, research, and craft. Developed by an anthropology PhD student and an MFA at the University of Georgia (UGA), ERAC is a three-part workshop series to promote cross-disciplinary communication by conceptualizing research and practice as craft. This series culminated in a public exhibition at ATHICA, a non-profit gallery in Athens, Georgia. ERAC uncovers commonalities in how students, researchers, and faculty from diverse disciplines engage with questions about the world. In this way, traditional disciplines are deconstructed and research itself is promoted as an expression of cultural values and individual experience.

Exploring Research as Craft is supported in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

Reading Room: The Case for Arts Integration

The Case for Arts Integration

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) presents “The Case for Arts Integration,” a tool for connecting across campus, outlining the “what,” “why,” and “how” of arts integration. While this book shows how arts integration can function on campus, and its range of impacts, the case it makes is broad and all-encompassing. Each university will want to define what arts integration looks like for them and how it fits into their unique cultural landscape.

Source: a2ru

a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit 2020

a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit
February 20-23, 2020
University of Cincinatti
Deadline: January 20, 2020

a2ru is now accepting applications from students and faculty to participate in the 2020 Emerging Creatives Student Summit — an intensive, working summit with experts and fellow students of all disciplines across the country to explore and tackle challenges in interdisciplinary teams around the theme, “RISE UP! Risk Something Real.”

Open to undergraduate and graduate students of a2ru partner institutions. There is no fee to attend the summit; student or student’s institution is responsible for travel and board — some meals provided as part of the Summit experience. A limited number of student travel grants and a2ru scholar awards are also available. For more info on the event, guest speakers and performers, and to apply, visit the summit website.