Student and Faculty Spotlights


What did IRIS Faculty do over the summer?

"We put our heads together but couldn't think of anything fun to do." -Professor Joel Wendland-Liu

Winter 2020 Wendy J. Wenner Award

The IRIS Department as chosen Amanda Niswander as the Wendy J. Wenner Senior Thesis Award winner for Winter 2020. Please click to read more.

Winter 2020 Stanley Krohmer Senior Project Award

The IRISI Department recently selected the Winter 2020 Senior Thesis Award winners. The Stanley Krohmer Senior Project Award went to Ivy Baillie from the Traverse City Campus. Please click to read more.

Congratulations to our student award-winners who received Excellence in Discipline Awards!

Three outstanding students were chosen as Excellence in Discipline Award winners. Miranda Bryan, for Religious Studies; Brooklyn Lipponen, Integrative Studies; and Yeram Leonard for Social Innovation.

Diego Galicia, IRIS student assistant

Diego Galicia is a junior Political Science major. He is from Shelby, MI a small town north of Grand Rapids. He chose GVSU because "Grand Rapids was a city I could settle in after graduation, but it was still close to home."

Design Thinking and Founders Brewery

Winter 2020 LIB 323 students are applying Design Thinking skills and education to a partnership with Founders Brewery. Students will be working to develop a sustainable product that collaborates with local farmers and highlights the history of beer in MI.

Denise Goerisch - Pew Teaching with Technology Award

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department are honored to share that IRIS Professor Denise Goerisch has been named a 2020 Pew Teaching with Technology Award winner.

Fall 2019 Graduating Students Spotlights

Integrative Studies/LIB majors are graduating and heading out into the world to use their knowledge and skills to positively influence people and policies! We'd love to share your "my new job" story too! Email me at Congratulations!

Integrative Studies Accelerated Leadership Program Newsletter

Catch up on the exciting things GVSU students in the Accelerated Leadership Program are doing!


Domonique Palmer believes that GVSU and the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies (IRIS) Department have helped shape her future.

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