Research, Graduate Studies, and Postdoctoral Training

Aimee Buccellato (right), assistant professor of architecture, goes over drawings with a student

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 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.

Nitesh Chawla, Frank M Freimann Associate Professor of Engineering, presents at TEDxUND

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. 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 170 years later.

Research News

$3 million gift from Susan Scribner Mirza to establish Notre Dame’s first endowed professorship in Islamic studies

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame announced Jan. 21 its first-ever endowed professorship in Islamic studies, established with a $3 million gift from alumna Susan Scribner Mirza. The Mirza Family Professorship of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies also is the first endowed chair in the University’s new Keough School of Global Affairs. Read More

Nora Besansky-led studies featured on the cover of Science

Author: William G. Gilroy

Two studies led by Nora Besansky, O’Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame and a member of the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health, were featured on the cover of the Jan. 2 edition of the prestigious journal Science. This research resulted in the sequencing of the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around the world. Read More

Notre Dame, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center join together to fight sepsis

Author: Arnie Phifer

Notre Dame and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, a member of the Trinity Health system, have announced that they are collaborating on research aimed at earlier detection of sepsis in patients. Sepsis, a potentially fatal illness in which the body has a severe inflammatory response to bacteria or other microorganisms, is the leading cause of death from infection in the world and is the costliest condition to U.S. hospitals. Read More

Mayland Chang receives $1.6M American Diabetes Association research award

Author: Stephanie Healey

In 2010, 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in the United States due to diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has announced that it is funding a $1.6 million Accelerator Award to Mayland Chang, research professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame, to help lower that number. Read More

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