​Graduate-Professional Student Organization

Monday, February 27, 2017

Integrative Research and Ideas Symposium (IRIS) set for March 20 at UGA

Athens, Ga – The inaugural Integrative Research and Ideas Symposium (IRIS) is scheduled on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Georgia’s Tate Student Center. Hosted by UGA’s Graduate-Professional Student Association (GPSA), IRIS is an interdisciplinary research conference that encourages the colocation of researchers, students, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts from multiple disciplines.

The day’s events will include dozens of research presentations, poster sessions, and professional development opportunities, as well as talks by industry professionals like Maarten Bos, research scientist with Disney Research and J. Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and director of the atmospheric sciences program in UGA’s department of geography.

Jacob Hoyle, GPSA secretary, says IRIS will offer a common space for researchers to come together to meet, share and build a solid foundation for future collaborations and research-based ventures.

“We are looking forward to creating the kind of integrative environment where collaboration can thrive at UGA,” he said.

A closing keynote address will be given by best-selling author and podcast host “Science Mike” McHargue. Host of “Ask Science Mike” and co-host of “The Liturgists Podcast,” McHargue is a leading voice on matters of science and religion to a monthly audience of several hundred thousand people. His book “Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost my Faith and Found it Again through Science,” was released in late 2016 to critical acclaim. McHargue has recently spoken to sold-out crowds in New York, Chicago and London about the science of addiction, the science of storytelling and how Christianity can embrace the modern world.

“Science Mike has attracted a huge following by broaching the sensitive topic of science and spirituality in a compelling, inclusive, thoughtful and highly engaging way,” said GPSA President Michael Snell. “We’re excited to be able to have Mike share such a powerful message at such a divisive time in our nation’s history.”

Poster session proposals are being accepted from graduate and undergraduate student researchers through March 3 at http://graduatestudents.org/iris. The poster sessions will allow researchers an opportunity for individualized, informal discussion with other students, faculty and conference attendees.

“There is evidence that events like IRIS are essential to the success of the research enterprise and are wellsprings for innovation,” Snell explained.

IRIS is supported by the UGA Graduate School and the Office of Research.

Registration is $15 ($25 with all-day parking) and includes access to all events as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Registration may be made online at or at the Tate Cashier Window, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or to register, see http://graduatestudents.org/iris.

The Graduate-Professional Student Association is a registered student organization within UGA Student Affairs.

The Division of Student Affairs comprises 18 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see http://studentaffairs.uga.edu.

Contact: Michael Snell, 706-542-6396, snell91@uga.edu
Writer: Don Reagin, 706-542-7774, dreagin@uga.edu