School voucher programs, which use government funds to support students attending private schools, are rising in popularity around the United States, where more than 80 percent of all private school students attend religiously affiliated schools. A research team centered at Notre Dame wanted to find out what effect vouchers have on the religious communities that accept them.
Research, Graduate Studies, and Postdoctoral Training
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.
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 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.
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 our research agenda some 175 years later.
Using cardiac muscle cells and cardiac fibroblasts—cells found in connective heart tissue—Pinar Zorlutuna, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Notre Dame, and her team have created a “living diode,” which can be used for cell-based information processing, according to a recent study in Advanced Biosystems.
A pair of Notre Dame students received awards in the 24th annual Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Association. The students will have their entries showcased at the International Home + Housewares Show from March 18 to 22 in Chicago.
President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders have thrust into the spotlight an issue that isn’t commonly known, but has great legal significance, and is scrutinized in a new study by Notre Dame Law School professor Jeffrey Pojanowski.