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 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 Professor of Computer Science and 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—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.

Research News

Four Arts and Letters faculty members win ACLS fellowships

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Four faculty members in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have been awarded 2017 fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies. Three historians—Mariana Candido, Deborah Tor and Evan Ragland—were among the 71 ACLS fellows selected from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants. Katherine Brading, a professor of philosophy, is a member of one of nine teams to win a collaborative research fellowship.

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Majority of persecuted Christian communities build resilience through adaptive strategies, study finds

Author: Amanda Skofstad

A new report from Notre Dame’s Under Caesar’s Sword—the first systematic and global investigation into how Christian communities respond to severe violations of religious freedom—finds that 43 percent of persecuted Christians respond primarily with strategies of survival, including nimble adaptation plans to sustain the life and practices of the community, while 38 percent place primary focus on building ties with others to strengthen resilience.

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Center for Civil and Human Rights to publish first database examining intersection of Catholic social teaching and international human rights law

Author: Amanda Skofstad

The Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights, in partnership with Hesburgh Libraries, has launched Convocate, the first online research tool for simultaneous searching of Catholic social teaching documents and the instruments of international human rights law.

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Nitesh Chawla named recipient of 1st Source Bank’s 2017 Commercialization Award

Author: Jessica Sieff

Nitesh Chawla, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award. Established in 2008, the award is presented annually to faculty from Notre Dame or the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend who have successfully transitioned their technologies from the lab to the marketplace.

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