Academic - Ag & Life Sciences Academic - Human Sciences Academic - Intercollegiate


The Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Club (IGSC) encourages interaction, discussion and networking among graduate students of several departments and programs related to food, nutrition, health and exercise. IGSC promotes interdisciplinary collegiality among graduate students and faculty, while promoting professional development among its members. The club sponsors a mentoring program for incoming graduate students, as well as social events, peer-review and feedback on professional meeting and defense presentations, exposure to future job opportunities, and professional development activities (resume/curriculum vitae, job interviews, introduction to Mendeley/EndNote, conference etiquette etc.). IGSC serves as a liaison between graduate students and faculty regarding issues of mutual concern. The club has members who actively serve on multiple department and program committees.


This organization has no affiliations.

Constitution / Tier

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Tier Student Organization - Affiliated

Membership Information

Student Members 26
ISU Members 8
Non-ISU Members 4
Allowed Members Students in Interdisciplinary Program
Allowed Officers Students in Interdisciplinary Program
Membership Qualifications Interested in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Food Science and Human Nutrition
Membership Restrictions None
Elections/Selection Officer elections are held each April for the upcoming year
Meetings Meetings will be held virtually for the Fall 2020 semester

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

We hold monthly seminars to address the following: Stress and time management skills, writing and communication skills, work-life balance, career exploration and development and financial planning.

Description of Special Events

We participate in social events in which we meet once or twice per semester outside of our regularly scheduled meeting times for social events. Events include: grill outs, campus events (speakers, guest lecture, etc.), trips to local businesses/farms, and dining out. We worked closely with FSHN to encourage the involvement of graduate students and faculty in GLC events. Some significant examples are 1) sponsored graduate students to FSHN alumni award banquet to present their work and connect with alumni and faculty, 2) participated in the Live Healthy Iowa Wellness Challenge as a team (faculty and graduate students) to promote wellness and active lifestyles, 3) initiated peer mentoring program to help incoming graduate students smooth their transition into the program/department/university.