Research, Graduate Studies, and Postdoctoral Training

Zhiliang Xu, associate professor in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, talks with a graduate student at the chalkboard

As a Catholic university, one of [Notre Dame’s] distinctive goals is to provide a forum where, through free inquiry and open discussion, the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity.

    —From Notre Dame’s Mission Statement

Research and graduate education have an inextricable connection to one another. Both professors and students benefit from working together, the former by mentoring new colleagues who can provide not only assistance but also fresh perspectives, and the latter by learning how one contributes research that matters to the body of knowledge in a particular field.

Quite often faculty seek out postdoctoral scholars to join their teams, as well. In addition to significantly enhancing a group’s research capacity and further developing their own professional identities, these recent Ph.D. recipients bring an understanding of the demands pursuing a doctorate entails, making them a tremendous asset to graduate students currently navigating that process.

Notre Dame fosters an outstanding environment for these wide-ranging collaborations, as they naturally depend, first and foremost, on the strength of the faculty, and ours are among the best at what they do.

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Indicators of their excellence are numerous, ranging from an impressive fellowship record in the liberal arts to partnerships such as the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics—Center for the Evolution of the Elements. These faculty in turn bring their considerable expertise to the graduate programs administered by the School of Architecture, the Mendoza College of Business, the Graduate School, and the Law School, allowing the University to offer approximately 30 doctoral and 60 master’s degrees as well as the J.D.

Building on our commitment to support scholarship at the most advanced levels, recent University initiatives—highlighted by the Strategic Research Investments, Notebaert Premier Fellowships for graduate students, and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars—promise to raise the bar even higher. This is a fitting trajectory for an institution founded on the premise that it would someday be “one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country.”

Indeed, those words, spoken by Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., when Notre Dame was little more than an idea, continue to drive research that matters some 175 years later.

Research News

Growth in Notre Dame research and scholarship funding continues

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Notre Dame continued the steady expansion and growth of its research, scholarship and creative endeavor programs during the most recent fiscal year, recording $141.6 million in research funding. The amount is part of a trend that has led to a 75 percent increase in external research funding awarded to the University compared to 10 years ago. 

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Eco-friendly chrome plating technology developed at Notre Dame advances toward commercialization with investment from Nucor Corp.

Author: Notre Dame News

Trion Coatings LLC, which owns an environmentally friendly chrome plating process developed in partnership between Notre Dame faculty members and a startup company based at the University’s IDEA Center, has sold a minority equity position in Trion’s parent company to Nucor Corp. As part of its investment, Nucor will work with Trion Coatings to commercialize the technology by building the first commercial facility for the plating process at Nucor Fastener in St. Joe, Indiana.

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Engineers use Tiki torches in study of soot, diesel filters

Author: Jessica Sieff

Chemical engineers testing methods to improve efficiency of diesel engines while maintaining performance are getting help from a summer staple: Tiki torches. A team of engineers at Notre Dame and Cummins Inc. is using the backyard torches as part of an effort to mimic the soot oxidation process in a diesel engine—when soot in diesel exhaust collects in the walls of a particulate filter and has to be burned off.

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Professor James Sullivan appointed to Commission on Social Impact Partnerships

Author: Rachel Fulcher-Dawson

James X. Sullivan, professor of economics at Notre Dame and co-founder of the University’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, has been appointed to serve as a member of the U.S. Commission on Social Impact Partnerships. The bipartisan commission, created by the 2018 Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act, will advise the Treasury Department on the selection of state and local pay-for-success projects that will be supported by a new $100 million fund.

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