Graduate Research

Graduate students in the College of Science are integral members of research teams, collaborating with faculty, postdoctoral associates, undergraduates and researchers from other parts of the world.

There are over 400 graduate students in the college, making discoveries in applied and computational mathematics and statistics, biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics, and physics as well as numerous interdisciplinary fields. Investigators in each department are seeking new understanding and knowledge that could have significant application to big problems in the world, including energy, health and the environment. Graduate students are vital members of centers and institutes such as the Eck Institute for Global Health, the Center for Applied Mathematics, QuarkNet and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity.

In addition, graduate students have the opportunity to pursue the GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society,  an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in which students develop additional competencies through innovative cross-training and professional development skill-building. Open to graduate students in all disciplines with environmental and global health research interests, the GLOBES certificate recognizes a student's ability to extend research in new directions, produce interdisciplinary scholarship, and become an effective communicator across disciplines and audiences. GLOBES certificate students are eligible for mini-grant awards to support interdisciplinary research.

Colleges of Science and Engineering Joint Annual Meeting (COSE-JAM)



Colleges of Science and Engineering Joint Annual Meeting (COSE-JAM)

The third annual Colleges of Science and Engineering Joint Annual Meeting (COSE-JAM) for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be held Friday, December 13, 2019 in Jordan Hall of Science.

Poster presentations

COSE-JAM aims to highlight the achievements of postgraduate trainees, foster interdisciplinary research and interactions, develop presentation and mentoring skills, furnish advice on career development, and provide a forum for extramural scientific and job presentations to diverse audiences. This all-day event consists of morning podium presentations, a lunchtime Q&A session with the Associate Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars as well as multiple directors of graduate studies from both colleges, followed by an afternoon poster session and concurrent social reception.

All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend are invited to participate in COSE-JAM by sharing their original research with their colleagues in either an oral or poster format. Research may have been conducted on or off campus, and mentored by faculty from the University of Notre Dame and/or at other universities and colleges. Please note that the costs of poster printing will be covered by the COS and COE.

Sample schedule of events

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Oral sessions, Rooms 101 and 105, and breakfast/soft drinks, Jordan Galleria
  • 12-1:30 p.m.: Lunch, Galleria
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m.: Panel discussion on STEM careers, Room 101
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Poster session and refreshments, Galleria
  • 3-6 p.m.: Social reception with hors d'oevres and adult beverages, Galleria

Abstracts of 300 words or less are due by Thursday, December 5, 2019, through the submission portal.

To learn more about the presentations, please view the 2019 Abstract Booklet (PDF ~2MB)

Direct all inquiries to Matthew J. Ravosa, professor of biological sciences.



A group of graduate students developed an online game for drug discovery.