The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies strives to provide CIS majors with multiple opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion.
The weekly CIS lunches provide a venue for two student talks on a current research problem or point of interest. These casual but engaged talks provide an opportunity for intellectual exchange in a familiar setting. CIS coffees are for all CIS majors, their advisers, members of the CIS Faculty Advisory Committee, CIS faculty, and invited guests.
In April, all seniors present their work to the public in a series of presentations. The question and answer period is followed by refreshments.
At the spring banquet, the CIS honors graduating seniors. The Frontis W. Johnston Thesis Award is presented to the senior with the best thesis. The banquet is a festive and formal occasion for seniors and their advisers.
To further awareness on a variety of interdisciplinary topics, CIS co-sponsors several speakers each year on campus. In the past few years, the CIS has hosted an ampersand and ellipsis series. For 2014-2015, the topic will be "Humor & ...".
Majors have after-hours access to the Carolina Inn, which has traditionally been a quiet spot for evening and weekend study. The parlor is a good place for reading and thinking, students can use the public networked computer, and there is good wireless access