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.
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 and Harper Cancer Research Institute, will support at least 40 Notre Dame undergraduate science students to engage in summer research in 2014. Students can apply for SURF beginning January 2014.
Program Activities. Full-time research should be conducted for 9-10 weeks on a research project mentored by College of Science (COS) faculty, and participation in campus workshops and events is strongly encouraged. Fellowship recipients may be integrated into NSF-REU program activities in their departments, although the source of funding is separate. Participants must provide a letter of thanks to donors and summary of their summer research experiences before the start of the fall semester, and give a formal presentation of their research at a scientific conference or symposium within one academic year.
Support. The COS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) 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.
Eligibility. Current Notre Dame 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. Successful applicants are expected to continue working with the same faculty mentor into the academic year beyond the summer of funding.
Application. Please submit online using urapply.nd.edu, and ensure all the following are included:
- Cover Page – submit all requested information including email, college, major, and GPA.
- Proposal Information – ensure ‘College of Science – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship’ is checked as the program. Students eligible for funding from other programs (e.g., Glynn Family Honors) must also check these programs. Students ineligible for COS-SURF will not be considered.
Proposal Narrative –upload the following as a .pdf of no more than four pages that is formatted exactly as follows:
- Research Experiences – description of all research undertaken to date
- Research Intent – a 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 specific area of research to provide a reasonable assessment
- Significance of Proposed Research – a paragraph describing how the information generated by the proposed research could be applied more broadly, beyond academia
- Career Plans – explanation of how a summer research experience fits into the applicants career plans, both immediate and long-term
- Major Research Discovery – a brief description of one research discovery, including reference to the relevant primary literature, which the applicant believes is critical to the area of proposed research, being sure to explain the relevance
- Letter of Support – on submitting the proposal information and narrative, 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 the Letter of Support, which should include an assessment of the applicant’s potential, such as presentation of research, the worthiness of the proposed research, and a statement of the likelihood of continuing research beyond the summer in the mentor’s laboratory.
- Official Transcript – please ensure a transcript is sent to Kay Ernsberger, 219 Jordan Hall.
Deadline. Applications can be submitted beginning January 2014 and the deadline will be in March. Incomplete applications not formatted correctly and/or submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Complete applications will be acknowledged by email when submitted, both from urapply.nd.edu and by the College of Science. If you do not receive a confirmation email from the College of Science, please contact us immediately.
Selection. Final selection 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.
Please address questions or concerns to Prof. Dominic Chaloner, Undergraduate Research Coordinator, College of Science; 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: Awarding of the grants will occur through collaborative assessment by ISLA in conjunction with the Colleges of Science and Engineering. These projects will take place during the summer (2014) for the submission of applications. Applicants should be informed of the final decision by early April 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)
Please note: Fellowships have been awarded for summer 2013. The application process for summer 2014 will begin in early 2014.
The Notre Dame Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) has several undergraduate research fellowships available for summer 2013. 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:
Need more information? On the website, you will also find project summaries prepared by previous NURF students.
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