Fall Undergraduate Research Fair (FURF)

Danica does summer research at IUSM-SB

The 2017 Fall Undergraduate Research Fair (FURF) will be held on Thursday, October 26 in the Jordan Hall of Science. This annual event is held the Thursday after fall mid-term break.

Schedule of Events:

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Chemistry – 6:00-7:00 p.m., Room 101
  • Student Poster Presentations – 7:00-8:00 p.m., Galleria
  • Undergraduate Research Internship Information Night – 8:00-9:00 p.m., Room 101


Representatives from many organizations involved in providing, promoting, and supporting opportunities of undergraduate research will be present from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Galleria to answer questions and provide advice.

View the 2017 Information Booklet (2.6 MB PDF).

Students: Please consider presenting your research as a poster at FURF. FURF provides an opportunity for students to receive advice from fellow science students about getting involved in research. Presenting research is a great way to demonstrate the range of research possibilities available, as well as to develop the skills needed for giving a poster presentation. 

Research presented in posters could have taken place at Notre Dame or another institution, and over the summer or during the semester. The research does not necessarily have to be scientific in nature; science students that have undertaken research in other areas of scholarly endeavor are also encouraged to present a poster. Also, such a presentation could reuse an existing poster that has been generated for another event or scientific meeting. Furthermore, all science majors are encouraged to present their research.

If you are interested in presenting your research as a poster, please email Xuemin (Sheryl) Lu, Undergraduate Research Director, no later than Friday, Sept. 29,  including the following information in your email: an existing or potential title of your poster presentation; institution where the research took place; when the research took place; the name and email address of your research mentor, and your science major. Subsequently, students will need to provide a brief 200 word abstract about the research being presented for inclusion in a handout that will provided at the event. If students have not already generated a poster about their research, the College of Science will pay for the poster to be printed and details on how to do this will be provided closer to the event.

College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS JAM)

The twelfth annual College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) will take place in Jordan Hall of Science on Friday, May 4, 2018. The intent of COS-JAM is to highlight the achievements of undergraduate students conducting research.

All undergraduate students in the College of Science are invited to participate in COS-JAM by sharing their original research with faculty and students, in either an oral or poster format. Research may be been conducted on or off campus, and mentored by faculty from the University of Notre Dame and/or at other universities and colleges.

Students should discuss the content of their abstracts with their research mentors prior to submission. Approval by research mentors will be needed before an abstract is accepted for presentation at COS-JAM.

To participate, students must submit abstracts of 300 words or fewer by Friday, March 23, 2017 using an online submission process. To submit, go to the website for abstract submissions.

Chemistry research

Please direct any questions about participating in COS-JAM, or the abstract submission process for COS-JAM, to Xuemin (Sheryl) Lu, College of Science Undergraduate Research Director.

View the 2017 COS-JAM Abstract Booklet (1MB PDF).

Presentation Schedule


Dinners for Increased Scholarly Communication (DISC)

DISC student organizers

Science upperclassmen organize periodic small, informal dinners at faculty homes for first-year students interested in science. The mission of DISC is to increase communication and engagement in the sciences.

DISC tries to have at least one dinner for each College of Science department per semester and traditionally hosts these dinners on Sunday evenings. While these dinners are targeted towards freshmen College of Science intents, the program is also a great opportunity for upperclassmen to interact with professors and develop leadership skills. In particular, after having attended a dinner oneself, an upperclassman can join the leadership team and begin to organize future dinners.

For more information about DISC, please contact Mark Brahier.