Notre Dame-Funded Research Opportunities

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Visit the University's undergraduate research website, The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, which promotes the intellectual development of undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavors and the pursuit of fellowships.

Clare Boothe Luce Program

Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) has become one of the single most important sources of private support for women in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering. So far, the program has supported more than 1,900 women.

The University of Notre Dame is fortunate to be one of fourteen institutions to whom program funds will go in perpetuity. Those funds support only female faculty and students in science, mathematics, and engineering. From the perspectives of undergraduates, the CBL program provides scholarships and research awards. Undergraduate scholarships cover educational expenses, enabling students to focus on their studies during the final two undergraduate years. Undergraduate research awards support research projects with faculty mentors, motivating and preparing recipients to apply for graduate study. Students that are intending to apply to medical school are not eligible as are non-US citizens.

Research awards are provided through the annual College of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and the Da Vinci program in collaboration with the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. Scholarship recipients are identified by nomination from individual departments during the spring semester.

College of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), Summer 2017


The College of Science, with support from Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend, Glynn Family Honors program, and many benefactors and foundations, including the Clare Boothe Luce Foundation, will support Notre Dame undergraduate science students to engage in summer research in 2017.

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 $4000 stipend and $500 for supplies. For the international COS-SURF the award for stipend, accommodation, and travel support will be $5500 total. Successful applicants with demonstrated financial hardship will be given the opportunity to apply for additional support.

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. For the international COS-SURF only juniors are eligible. Successful applicants are expected to continue working with their COS faculty mentor beyond the summer of funding.

Application. Please submit online using, 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 needs to be submitted:

A. Proposal Narrative - upload as a pdf of no more than 5 pages and formatted exactly as follows: (1) Cover Page (name, gender, ethnicity, email, college, major[s], overall GPA, science GPA, career intent [e.g., MD, PhD], research mentor[s], and 3-5 keywords describing the proposed research); (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, if research will be undertaken abroad, (7) Research Location (brief description and justification for the 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. 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 foreign collaborator, which should include an explicit statement of willingness and capacity to host the student for the duration of research.

C. Official Transcript – upload an original pdf provided by the Registrar of the University of Notre Dame; it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain the transcript.

Deadline. Application materials are due by Monday March 6, 2017. Applications will only be considered if they are complete; includes a proposal narrative no longer than 5 pages; is formatted correctly, and/or submitted before the deadline. Complete applications will be acknowledged by an email when submitted, first from and then by the College of Science. If you do not hear from the College of Science by Friday March 10, then please contact us immediately as it is likely that there is some issue with the content of the application meaning that it will not be considered.

Selection. Final selection will be made based upon reviews of applications by COS faculty who will consider qualifications of 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 Xuemin (Sheryl) Lu, undergraduate research coordinator, at (574) 631-9040.

The DaVinci Grant Program, Summer 2017

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 (2017). 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 2017.

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 the website guidelines. 

Deadline: March 20, 2017.

For more information please contact Karla Cruise, undergraduate research opportunity program advisor, College of Arts and Letters, or Xuemin (Sheryl) Lu, undergraduate research coordinator, College of Science.

Research Like a Champion Cancer Competition

The College of Science and Harper Cancer Research Institute invite Notre Dame students to submit proposals for innovative research projects looking into the causes, treatment, and prevention of cancer. individual Notre Dame students or groups of students who choose to work in a team (no more than three students per team) may submit proposals for high risk/high reward cancer research projects.  Up to five grants will be awarded this year. Undergraduate and graduate students from all Notre Dame colleges are eligible to submit research proposals. Innovative research proposals must be based on scientific research and breast cancer projects will have special consideration. Students will also be expected to present their research at Harper Cancer Research Day.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 10, 2017

More information, including specific requirements for proposals, is available at the Research Like a Champion webpage.

Summer Naughton Programs in Ireland


Notre Dame students can earn valuable research experience in the STEM disciplines through the Naughton Fellowship Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The fellowships offer motivated undergraduates the opportunity to learn through research, gain valuable skills, and be part of a cutting-edge research project. Fellowship recipients will conduct their research within an exciting team atmosphere, working with a faculty mentor, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

The program lasts approximately 10 weeks between May and August. Students will receive airfare ($1,500 maximum USD), accommodation (either the University College Dublin summer residences or the Riverside Apartments in Cork), airport pickup upon arrival in Dublin, a cultural enrichment program, and a stipend for food and other living expenses.

Areas of Study

A number of research projects will be available for University of Notre Dame students to participate in Ireland during the upcoming summer. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research at either Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, or University College Dublin.

Please check back again soon for an updated list of projects from each university.

How to Apply

The deadline for applying is typically in February of each year. Please check back again soon for more details.

General Terms and Conditions

The REU position is full time (40 hours per week). Each recipient must complete a one page summary of his/her research accomplishments while on the program and give an oral report.


For questions about the REU program in Ireland, please contact

Vincent P. Slatt Fellowships for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes

Slatt Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame to conduct research in energy systems and processes. Administered by the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy), these competitive awards are granted to students who have research interests in energy technologies and America’s energy future. Energy technologies range from means to improve use of fossil, nuclear, and alternative energy sources for power or fuels production to the development of more efficient transportation and energy utilization systems. Projects must be focused on creating better energy systems and devices or strengthening America’s energy future through the development of policies and infrastructure to support new technologies.

Students who wish to be considered for a Slatt Fellowship must submit an online application in collaboration with their faculty adviser. Faculty advisers will submit a separate online application in support of their student applicant. The role of the faculty adviser is to assist the student in articulating the goals of the research project and to guide and direct them in pursuit of solving major energy issues through research and analytical study.

Each fellowship award will be up to $5,000, depending on the needs of the research project. Funds may be used to support the student's stipend, materials and supplies, and travel for the student to present his/her research findings at a conference or national meeting. The fellowship award must be used within the project period indicated in the application.

Slatt scholars will be required to submit a final report at the conclusion of their research projects and also will be expected to present their research findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), which is held at the end of the summer and spring, or during another professional meeting or national conference held anytime throughout the year.

Applications accepted February 1 through 28, 2017

Awards will be announced by March 15, 2017. Please contact Barbara Villarosa in ND Energy with any questions.

Scientia's Charles Edison Foundation Fellowship

The Charles Edison Foundation Fellowship will provide two Notre Dame undergraduate students with $1,500 each for a full academic year. The goal of this fellowship is to help students that because of financial circumstances are unable to fully commit to undergraduate research because of on-campus or off-campus employment. Moreover, the hope is that the fellowship will promote undergraduate research at Notre Dame and help students reach their highest potential, regardless of economic circumstances.

Further details are outlined below but any questions concerning the fellowship, eligibility, or the application process should be directed to the Scientia Editors at

Students interested in applying should submit their application through this Google form.  

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. March 31

Requirements for nomination:

-Applicants should be sophomores or juniors in good academic standing, have at least one major in the College of Science, and demonstrated financial need. 

-Students should be involved in undergraduate research during the academic year at the University of Notre Dame. 

-Successful applicants will receive the funds for the next two semesters they are enrolled on campus. In the event that a student elects to study abroad after receiving the scholarship, then funds will be provided for whichever subsequent two semesters they are on campus. 

-Funds will not be provided during the summer session. 

-All applications will be reviewed by Scientia, and decisions will be announced by April 21st.

Expectations upon receipt of fellowship:

-If selected to receive the fellowship, the recipients will be expected to write a one-page reflection at the end of each semester. This reflection should include the benefits of the fellowship to the recipients research, their progress over the semester, and any suggestions for improvements to the fellowship program. 

-Students will be expected to be the student speaker at one of Scientia’s monthly Talk Science meetings and/or submit an article to Scientia before graduation. 

-Recipients will be expected to serve on the fellowship selection committee for the following year, which will occur during the Spring semester of the academic year.

External Programs for Notre Dame Students

The College of Science sponsors Notre Dame students to participate in several summer programs at other institutions including:

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program -- Cold Spring Harbor (Long Island), New York

The University of Notre Dame, through generous alumni donations, will provide students with the opportunity to participate during the summer of 2017 in cutting edge research under the auspices of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program (CSHL-URP, June 11–August 11, 2018). The program allows undergraduates to be mentored by research staff at CSHL, a prestigious institution located on Long Island. The successful Notre Dame student will receive full financial support from the University to participate in the CSHL-URP. More information about the CSHL-URP, including program description and instructions on how to apply, can be found at

To apply, please complete the application online. An account needs to be registered first before applying.  The deadline for Notre Dame-supported applications is December 15, 2017, and a shortlist of candidates will be decided by mid-January 2018. The major stipulations are that applicants be sophomores or juniors who are pursuing a College of Science major at Notre Dame, and their career intent is to pursue a Ph.D. 

Should you have any questions about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Xuemin (Sheryl) Lu, phone: (574) 631-9040.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Summer Research Experience for College Students - Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Summer Undergraduate Research program  

Duration: June 5 – August 10, 2018

Details: This is a competitive 10-week summer research program designed for outstanding Notre Dame undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in cancer research.  The program is located on the MD Anderson Cancer Center campus in Houston, Texas. MD Anderson Cancer Center is a center of excellence for cancer treatment and research. 
The program will provide research experience in a broad range of cancer biology topics; students interested in the areas of quantitative biology, bioinformatics, imagining, and technology-oriented research are especially encouraged to apply.
The program is aimed at successful and highly motivated students who are intent on pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD.  Students will gain laboratory-based research experience with prestigious faculty mentors working in cutting-edge laboratories, where they will interact daily with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.  Students will also be given the opportunity to attend scientific lectures, seminars, career development events, and other social events. 

Eligibility: All students enrolled in a college or university in good academic standing are encouraged to apply, but preference is given to students seeking a research degree (i.e. Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D.).

Support: Students receive a stipend of $5,000 for the ten-week program. Students pay for housing from their stipend.  

Application materials should be submitted through during the open application period from Dec 1, 207 to mid-January 2018 (check website for updated deadlines). Inside the application portal, applicants should select the "Summer Undergraduate Research Program" option.

Application components: The following items will be required for upload into the application system when it opens Dec. 1. All items listed below are due by the application deadline:

1. Discover Application Form
2. Additional Demographics and Future Plans Form
3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume
4. Personal statement (with six mentor choices)
5. Two (2) letters of recommendation (no more than two letters will be accepted; however, we recommend that you request letters from more than two individuals, in case one fails to submit)
5. Tobacco Policy Acknowledgement
6. Unofficial transcript of highest degree (high school transcript not required; please include current or most recent college transcript)

Any specific questions about the application portal should be email to

Questions about the program can be directed to Xuemin (Sheryl) Lu (, 631-2441), Undergraduate Research Coordinator–College of Science.

Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute

Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) Undergraduate Clinical and Translational Research Program

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) undergraduate clinical and translational research program provides students with the opportunity to work with Indiana CTSI research mentors on projects designed to increase their awareness of and interest in translational research to accelerate the pace of taking medicine from the “bench to the bedside.”

The program is designed for those undergraduate students keenly interested in research, and will involve being partnered with an Indiana CTSI research mentor.  However, in addition to conducting research, there are activities planned for all summer interns on campus which include training and workshops focused on speaking skills, writing skills, presentation preparation, personal issues encountered during post-baccalaureate training and in academic environments, research ethics, interviewing skills, and other activities that relate to future success in clinical and translational research.

Students receive a $3,200 summer research stipend. Half of the student stipend is disbursed mid-project, and the remainder upon successful completion of the project and submission of all research products. Students are expected to work at least 40 hours per week for the duration of the program which runs 6/1/2017 – 7/31/2017. Students will be required to present a poster at the IUPUI Student Summer Symposium. Participation may require attendance of professional development sessions as determined by program director.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate first year students (who are currently completing their second semester), sophomores, juniors, or seniors
  • Enrolled full-time at any Indiana University campus or University of Notre Dame
  • Pursuing first undergraduate degree
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Major in any health and life sciences related discipline
  • Only US citizens and permanent residents may apply

Program Benefits

  • Work with faculty mentors 
  • Expand career development in biomedical and life science areas
  • Receive access to the IUPUI campus and its resources
  • Earn $3200 stipend for participation
  • Housing will be provided for Notre Dame students

Application Deadline

3/10/2017  University of Notre Dame students

4/3/2017     Indiana University students


Find more information and to apply please go to

Mathematics Seminar of Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR)

The Seminar of Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR) is a two-year enrichment program for junior and senior honors students who intend to do post-graduate work in the mathematical sciences. Its goal is to provide an especially strong mathematical foundation to participants, through graduate-level coursework, small group reading courses, and close contact with faculty members. SUMR graduates have established a remarkable tradition of accomplishment in postgraduate work. Recent SUMR alumni have pursued Ph.D.s in such fields as Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Economics and Ecology, the vast majority at highly-ranked schools such as Cornell, Brown, Stanford, IU, UCLA and Harvard. No other Notre Dame program has had such a high percentage of its graduates winning national fellowships. Here are the details of the national awards and scholarships won by SUMR alumni up to and including 2012.

Fellowships and Scholarships: There are numerous fellowships and scholarships available. See the Department of Mathematics Fellowships and Mathematics page for more information. 

Questions about any of the programs mentioned above should be directed to Xuemin (Sheryl) Lu.