Notre Dame-Funded Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research

UR@ND

Visit the University's undergraduate research website, UR@ND.  The site has valuable information on research, including information on funding your research, and workshops on research activities, such as proposal writing.

First Year Research Ignition Fellowship

First Year of Studies (FYS) can award up to $1500 ($1000 for travel/meals/living, $500 for materials) to first year students to conduct research or present at a conference. Students must have a faculty sponsor and can apply through the Undergraduate Research Common Application (urapply.nd.edu). This award can be cost-shared with other funding entities. Deadlines are in December, March and May.

For more information, visit the First Year of Studies website or contact Sean Wernert.

College of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), Summer 2014

The College of Science, with support from donors, and in collaboration with Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend, Harper Cancer Research Institute, and Glynn Family Honors Program, will support at least 40 Notre Dame undergraduate science students to engage in summer research in 2014.

Program Activities. Full-time research should be conducted for 9-10 weeks on research mentored by College of Science (COS) faculty, or with current international collaborators of COS faculty at an institute abroad. Participants must provide a thank you letter to donors and summary of their research experience before the fall semester begins, and present their research at a scientific conference or symposium within one academic year.

Support. The domestic COS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award consists of a $4,000 stipend and $500 for supplies. If students apply for and receive support from other university sources, the total stipend from the College of Science and the other university sources will not exceed $4,000. For the international COS-SURF the award for stipend, accommodation, and travel support will be $5,500 total.

Eligibility. Current sophomores and juniors eligible to apply should be enrolled in a College of Science major and have worked with their College of Science faculty mentors for at least one semester prior to the summer of research. Only juniors are eligible for the international COS-SURF. Successful applicants are expected to continue working with their COS faculty mentor beyond the summer of funding.

Application. Please submit online using urapply.nd.edu, ensuring that College of Science – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is checked as the program; no budget justification is needed. Students should check all programs for which they are eligible (e.g., Glynn Family Honors). Students ineligible for COS-SURF will not be considered. To be considered, the following information needs to be submitted:

A. Proposal Narrative - A proposal of no more than five pages should be uploaded as a PDF document and formatted exactly as follows:

  1. Cover Page (name, gender, ethnicity, email, college, major(s), overall GPA, science GPA, career intent [e.g., M.D., Ph.D.]) and research mentors
  2. Research Experiences (description of all research undertaken)
  3. Research Intent (succinct but thorough one page description of proposed summer research that provides sufficient detail to demonstrate the viability of the research while enabling reviewers unfamiliar with the area of research to provide an assessment)
  4. Significance of Proposed Research (paragraph describing how information generated by proposed research could be applied more broadly, beyond academia)
  5. Career Plans (explanation of how a summer research experience fits into the applicants career plans, both immediate and long-term)
  6. Major Research Discovery (brief description of one research discovery, including reference to relevant citation that the applicant believes is critical to the area of proposed research, being sure to explain why), AND
  7. Research Location (only if research will be undertaken abroad, please include a brief description and justification for chosen location).

B. Letters of Support - On submitting the proposal, the research mentor will receive an email with instructions to upload their Letter of Support as a PDF document. Only the research mentor for the proposed research should provide such a letter, including an assessment of applicant’s potential, such as the worthiness of the proposed research, and a statement of the likelihood of continuing research beyond the summer in the mentor’s laboratory. International proposals should also be supported by a letter from the collaborator, stating a willingness and capacity to host the student for the duration of the research.

C. Official Transcript – Upload an original PDF document provided by the University of Notre Dame.

Deadline. Application materials are due by March 1, 2014. Incomplete applications not formatted correctly and/or submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Complete applications will be acknowledged by an email when submitted, first from urapply.nd.edu and then by the College of Science. If you do not hear from the College of Science by March 6, please contact Dominic Chaloner immediately.

Selection. Final selections will be made based upon reviews of applications by COS faculty who will consider the qualifications of the candidates, quality of proposed research, and whether proposals are well written, concise, and compelling. All efforts will be made to notify successful applicants by early April.

For more information, please contact Dominic Chaloner, undergraduate research coordinator, at (574) 631-2441.

The Da Vinci Grant Program, Summer 2014

The Colleges of Arts and Letters, Science, and Engineering welcome the submission of proposals from undergraduates who wish to carry out interdisciplinary research or creative projects during the summer (2014). Students may independently design their projects or propose a project related to some aspect of their faculty mentor's research.

Examples of eligible projects might include application of statistical analysis or computer modeling to history, economics, or anthropology; the creation of a documentary featuring some aspect of science or engineering; or the integration of biological and psychological perspectives on cognitive science. The fund is interested in projects involving such areas as science writing; design and mechanical or electrical engineering; theoretical physics and philosophy; sociology and bioinformatics; cancer biology and psychology; economics and sustainable energy; environmental science and political science; and science and literature in the popular media.

Students can begin applying for the DaVinci Grant Program in January 2014.

Eligibility: Undergraduates in the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Letters, or Science, particularly those with interdisciplinary interests or majors or minors in multiple Colleges are eligible to apply. Students may work alone or in teams.

Support: Students working with faculty outside the College of their major are also encouraged to apply but should articulate how the research will enhance the interdisciplinary nature of their undergraduate research experience. For example, design students should explain why working with engineering faculty widens their array of potential projects; engineering students should explain how working with faculty studying cancer biology makes accessible to them different areas of research.

The maximum award per student is $4,500, which may be used for travel, living expenses and the purchase of research materials.  Students should apply to the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) using instructions outlined in website guidelines.

Deadline: March 21, 2014

For more information please contact Karla Cruise, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Advisor, College of Arts and Letters, or Dominic Chaloner, Undergraduate Research Coordinator, College of Science.

NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowships (NURF)

The Notre Dame Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) has several undergraduate research fellowships available for the summer. The NURF program offers motivated undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about a specific area of research in nanoscience or nanoengineering, gain valuable skills inside and outside the lab as part of a faculty-led team, and interact with the other students in Notre Dame's summer research community. More than 30 projects are available to choose from.

Each NURF position is full time (40 hours/week) and provides a total stipend of $5,250 over a 10-week period. Complete program details, project descriptions, and application instructions are available on the NDnano website at:

http://nano.nd.edu/education/research-opportunities/

Need more information? On the website, you will also find project summaries prepared by previous NURF students.

Deadline: The application deadline for summer 2014 has passed. Information for 2015 fellowships will be posted later this year.

Feel free to direct any questions to Heidi Deethardt at ndnano@nd.edu.

Summer Naughton and Clark REU Programs

Overview

Several undergraduate research fellowships are available for summer 2014. The fellowships offer motivated undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about a specific area of research, gain valuable skills, and be part of a cutting-edge project in STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

Fellowship recipients will conduct their research within an exciting team atmosphere, working with a faculty mentor, postdocs and graduate students in either Dublin City University (DCU), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), or University College Cork (UCC), Ireland

Each REU position is full time (40 hours/week). The fellowship includes accommodations at UCD summer residences, airfare ($1500 maximum), airport pickup upon arrival, a cultural enrichment program, and a stipend for food and other living expenses over a 10-week period between May 12 and August 8, 2014. Fellowship recipients will be part of the university’s summer research community and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. At the conclusion of their research, each fellowship recipient will prepare a one-page summary of his/her project accomplishments and will give an oral report either in Ireland or at Notre Dame.

Application instructions

Students from Notre Dame’s Colleges of Engineering or Science are welcome to apply.

  1. Review the summer 2014 REU project descriptions (see  http://naughton.nd.edu/assets/122956/summer_2014_reu_projects.pdf). Students are encouraged to apply for more than one project, ranking them in order of your preference.
  2. Complete the application (next page).
  3. Email your completed application to Bob Cunningham at rcunning@nd.edu for consideration. Application deadline is February 21, 2014.

Fellowship recipients will be notified by March 3, 2014.

Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement Mesothelioma Travel Grant

The Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) is collaborating with a generous benefactor to sponsor three students for travel and attendance at the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in Alexandria, Virginia on March 5-7, 2014. This conference is for the entire meso community and supplemented with a scientific seminar for researchers and medical professionals. During the symposium, students will engage with prominent members of the scientific community as well as patients and their families, advocates, and those who have lost a loved one to this disease.

We seek to identify students who have a dedication to cancer research and an interest in possibly committing a career to cancer research, specifically asbestos cancers, such as mesothelioma. Sophomores and juniors with some prior research experience are encouraged to apply. From the cohort of students selected to attend this conference, CUSE will identify a student for a summer experience researching mesothelioma, including treatments and cures.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply to the Mesothelioma grant through http://urapply.nd.edu. Applications must include a two-page single-spaced personal statement, an official electronic transcript, and contact information for one reference. The statement should outline your prior research experience, the reason you are interested in mesothelioma research, and how this experience could contribute to your future career path. The deadline for submission is February 10 at 5:00 pm. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please email Darlene Hampton, assistant director for undergraduate research.