Notre Dame Science is the magazine of the College of Science, featuring faculty and student research, education, and news across the college. The digital version of the magazine allows readers to flip through each page and experience interactive content such as videos and links that complement each story. Viewers can enlarge sections, download and pass interesting sections onto other people.
Scientia is a completely student-run publication. Scientia recognizes and encourages high-quality undergraduate research, provides a forum through which students can gain the essential skills of writing and reviewing to fulfill their future goals, and contributes to the advancement and cohesiveness of Notre Dame's scientific community.
The College of Science is a community of innovators working in collaboration for the common good. What hasn't changed since our founding in 1865—and never will—is the University’s unwavering commitment to its Catholic character and the college's mission to prepare tomorrow's scientific leaders to think big while also inspiring them to make a difference and to share their knowledge and discoveries in ways that encourage collaboration, advance learning, and contribute to the common good.
Undergraduate Studies booklet (6.31MB PDF)
The possibilities for undergraduate research in the College of Science are almost endless. Some students conduct original research on campus during the academic year while others conduct research through numerous other programs, both on campus and around the world. Beyond engaging in scientific research, the University of Notre Dame students communicate the results of their research through presentations and publications, and deepened their own experience, knowledge, and preparation for life after their undergraduate years.
Undergraduate Research booklet (3.54MB PDF)
Our widely known and highly regarded athletic teams are known as the "Fighting Irish" for their fierce determination. There is another team on campus that is engaged in its own fight, the outcome of which affects us all. That fight is against cancer. That team-fiercely determined to win- is the faculty at the College of Science. We are fighting cancer in all of its forms and on all fronts, including prevention, detection, and treatment.
The researchers profiled in this book have dedicated their lives to helping people they will never meet to live happier, healthier, and longer lives.
Neurodegenerative Disease Research
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are making groundbreaking research discoveries in the field of neurodegenerative diseases. Understanding all aspects of the nervous system, including development, function, and regeneration, is one of the biggest challenges of the modern scientific era.
The goal of the interdisciplinary research at Notre Dame into the structure and function of the brain and nervous system is to discover the molecular and cellular basis of neurological disorders, and identify pharmaceutical and behavioral treatments for issuers pertaining to the nervous system.
Neurodegenerative Disease Research (543kb PDF)
Our Catholic tradition long ago affirmed the human cardinal virtues—prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude—and added the theological virtues from the New Testament: faith, hope, and love. Within each of these categories, particular virtues appear in different individuals that provide the excellence the community needs to flourish.
The University of Notre Dame is founded on the virtues of men and women who have built our community for more than 170 years. From the countless virtuous individuals spanning across Notre Dame’s history, several examples have been selected, past and present, to represent the rich heritage that makes this University unique.
Virtuous ND (5.11MB PDF)
Faith and Reason, Tradition and Inclusion
An approach for Catholic universities in the 21st century
While different Catholic institutions may express their Catholic identity in unique, diverse and authentic ways, they all participate in the long tradition of the Church’s wisdom and experience and strive to uphold foundational teachings about human dignity, solidarity, justice, the common good, respect for individual conscience, and a holistic approach to life. They are all engaged in the search for truth and seek to foster the well-being of individuals, especially the voiceless and neglected.
Notre Dame’s Catholic identity is visible and clear, yet inclusive and welcoming. We are transparent about our community’s values and we recruit superior faculty and students who share our vision and mission, whether they share our faith or not. Our curriculum provides an excellent education that encompasses the full person, instilling values and virtues as well as knowledge. We serve both the universal Church and the local church, making world-class expertise and facilities available to the global community and to local neighborhoods around the world. Our work unites a search for truth, a responsibility for the common good, and a commitment to generous service.
Faith and Reason, Tradition and Inclusion (1.73MB PDF)
Virtues for Life
Virtues are the excellences of character that empower an individual and a society to thrive. Notre Dame is a community that upholds and instills such virtues—not primarily by teaching them, but by living them, day in and day out across campus. These virtues build the Notre Dame community and are necessary for flourishing work in family life and in civil society.
Virtues for Life (2.48MB PDF)
Our Catholic Character
Scientific research and interdisciplinary dialog at Notre Dame take place within a thriving, evolving community of people engaged in expanding our understanding of the real universe in which we live. This enterprise takes shape in the context of the living tradition of the University, which takes seriously its commitment to maintain both its Catholicity and its academic integrity and contributes to that tradition as we move into the future.
Our Catholic Character (676kb PDF)
Road to Discovery
For the past three summers, Dean Greg Crawford has embarked on a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness for Niemann-Pick Type C disease. The ride demonstrates Notre Dame's commitment to research to find treatments and a cure for the devastating neurodegenerative disease that took the lives of three grandchildren of Coach Ara Parseghian. Dean Crawford keeps a blog on the road and documents his journey in the Road to Discovery books.
Are you new to the Notre Dame community and South Bend? Get to know your new home with the Cultural Passport (2.03MB PDF).