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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AT NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame has built a recognized
Whether you plan to pursue
graduate studies or embark
our peers in research expenditures
upon a career, you will benefit in
by 160 percent since 1990 and
several ways from participation in
achieving all-time University highs
research projects. You’ll develop
in research awards.
skills in active learning that are
What further sets Notre Dame apart, however, is the extent to which students have the opportunity to engage in original research and collaborate in faculty research projects.
applicable in many other settings and explore a topic of interest to you in greater depth than possible in classroom courses. And you’ll gain valuable experience in working as part of a team—in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data— and in communicating the results of your work.
MILLION DOLLARS IN RECORD-BREAKING RESEARCH AWARDS IN 2017
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Employer expectations, along with wider recognition of the value of research experience, have led to steady growth in the number of undergraduates engaged in research.
The Undergraduate Research
Today, more than one-third of
presentation of student research
all Notre Dame undergraduates participate in original research with a faculty mentorâ€”a number that continues to rise. At Notre Dame, you will have the opportunity to pursue independent research and creative projects through a variety of programs in our vibrant research atmosphere.
Opportunity Program is offered through the Universityâ€™s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. This program provides both academic year grants, which can be used to fund independent research, creative projects, or the at conferences, and grants for research and creative projects pursued during student breaks. Through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, students have the opportunity to gain STEM-focused research experience on campus or abroad with Notre Dame faculty over the summer.
1/3 OF ALL NOTRE DAME STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN ORIGINAL RESEARCH
FLATLEY CENTER FOR UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARLY ENGAGEMENT
The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) inspires and enables Notre Dame undergraduates to undertake experiences that engage their scholarly interests with
• Stimulates the life of the mind across campus by building a scholarly community to engage and support students in intellectual and creative pursuits inside and outside of the classroom.
• Creates opportunities for undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative endeavors in all colleges by connecting students to resources such as faculty mentors, projects, funding, and venues for presenting and publishing their work.
• Encourages and facilitates students’ applications for nationally competitive fellowships, such as Rhodes Scholarships and Fulbright Awards.
the aim of transforming themselves and their communities in the pursuit of human flourishing and the common good.
Through CUSE, students can learn how to apply for grant funding for a variety of different types of projects. Additionally, CUSE offers workshops and personalized advising to help students get started in research, connect to faculty mentors, and apply for grants and fellowships.
“Students are at the front and center of our vision for Notre Dame Research. Our faculty—the teacher-scholars who mentor our undergraduates—are making new discoveries and advancing human understanding through their research, and our students are right there with them. As the University continues to invest in and grow its research enterprise, undergraduate students will be an integral part of Notre Dame research teams that are creating real solutions for a world deeply in need.” robert j. bernhard vice president for research
Notre Dame is renowned for excellence in undergraduate teaching, an excellence that
COLLEGE OF ARTS & LETTERS
is matched by our facultyâ€™s
research makes our faculty
riven by a desire to better understand the experiences of her sisters, who were adopted from Vietnamese orphanages, Angela Adduci, a political science and peace studies major, spent a summer in Vietnam working with an NGO that deals with the many challenges of caring for orphaned children. While there, she became aware of corrupt and abusive practices within one of the orphanages.
Going beyond the original research agenda she established with the mentorship of political science professor Susan Rosato, Angela worked with the NGO to help expose this corruption and spearhead efforts to see that the children were placed in safer institutions. She was invited to represent the NGO at the U.N. Convention on Disability Rights in New York.
research and creative endeavors. This combined distinction in teaching and world-class mentors.
Today, most Notre Dame undergraduates expect to have robust opportunities to engage in original research. It is no longer incidental to their programs of study. This is reflected in the continuously rising percentage of undergraduates who are engaged in research.
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
ichael Dinh is a first-generation college student and winner of a Goldwater Scholarship. As a Notre Dame undergraduate he has conducted extensive research. He studied neuropathic pain and anxiety disorders with Patrick Sheets, an adjunct professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame and assistant professor of pharmacology and
toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Michael also spent a summer doing research on social communication in mice at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He served as managing editor of Scientia, a Notre Dame undergraduate research journal, and vice president of the Asian American Association.
O N E - O N - O N E C O L L A B O R AT I O N S
Notre Dameâ€™s low studentfaculty ratio allows our students unparalleled
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
atthew Hayes interned with an expert designerbuilder at Hope for Architecture in Oklahoma, where he researched the significance of brick structural masonry for building economical and long-lasting structures. Matthew was able to participate in the actual construction of a house using the technique he studied. This opportunity provided him with both conceptual and hands-on
access to research opportunities and oneon-one mentorships with knowledge that has inspired him to focus his education in the School of Architecture on sustainable design and development. Under the mentorship of architecture professor Selena Anders, Matthew has had access to premier opportunities for studying traditional architecture and urbanism in locations around the world.
faculty scholars in their chosen field of study.
R E A L-W O R L D E X P E R I E N C E
Today, employers and graduate schools expect that undergraduates will have had practical, realworld experience. Notre Dame undergraduates get this and more: They are leading the way to research discoveries, helping to win grants, publishing academic articles, and securing patents.
MENDOZA COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
incent Vangaever double majors in political science and finance. He traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, during a fall break to research principles of microfinance, specifically the structure of the Grameen Bankâ€” the first microfinance institution and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to reduce poverty through microlending.
Vincent interviewed bank leaders and loan recipients to learn best practices for facilitating small business development in areas of extreme poverty. He and his coresearcher applied the principles learned at Grameen to improve the work of JIFFI, a microcredit institution in South Bend founded and operated by Notre Dame students and alumni.
S PA R K I N G N E W D I S C O V E R I E S
The sense of discovery and the spark of a new idea are transformative moments for
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
ichelle Espinal is an engineering major who dual enrolled at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. She holds a leadership position on the board of Notre Dame Students Empowering through Engineering Development (NDSEED), a student-driven enterprise that designs and constructs footbridges in rural Nicaragua to provide safe crossings during the heavy rainy season.
an undergraduate student. Notre Dame undergraduates participating in original As a native Nicaraguan—and with the mentorship of engineering professor Tracy Kijewski-Corrrea, who heads the NDSEED project—Michelle is keenly interested in this work and hopes to ultimately return to her home country to further her research in rural communities and work to facilitate their development. She received CUSE funding to complete one of the requirements for participating in the NDSEED project.
research help forge these moments, thereby instigating change for a better world.
The University of Notre Dame is committed to supporting a culture of research, scholarship, and creative endeavor throughout campus, in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world. Research at Notre Dame has paved the way for new discoveries, unlocked knowledge, and improved technologies. Further, Notre Dame has a long history of research; the aerodynamics of glider flight, the transmission of wireless messages, and the formulae for synthetic rubber were pioneered at the University. Today, the University supports and encourages innovation in numerous core facilities and resources, as well as in a number of key areas of research, including cancer, environmental change, global health, turbomachinery and propulsion, and many more. Inspired by the University’s Catholic mission, Notre Dame’s worldclass faculty and students together are pursuing globally significant, solutions-oriented research as Notre Dame’s research enterprise grows in line with President Jenkins’ vision: “A great Catholic university for the 21st century, one of the preeminent research institutions in the world.” Learn more at research.nd.edu
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