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

Study deciphers packaging of tumor ‘cargo,’ leading to better understanding of how cancers spread

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

Researchers at Notre Dame have outlined the delivery mechanism tumor cells use to move nucleic acids into small sacs shed from their surfaces—information that is eventually shared with other cells within the tumor microenvironment, causing the cancer to spread.

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Vijay Gupta receives 2018 Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize

Author: Barbara Villarosa

Vijay Gupta, professor of electrical engineering and an ND Energy faculty affiliate at Notre Dame, has received the 2018 Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society. The award recognizes young researchers for their distinguished, cutting-edge contributions to the theory or application of systems and control.

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English professor wins 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction

Author: Josh Weinhold

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, assistant professor of English at Notre Dame, has won the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the country’s largest peer-juried prize for novels and short stories. Van der Vliet Oloomi has been so honored for her second novel, “Call Me Zebra,” which follows a young heroine as she leaves New York and retraces the path she took with her father from Iran to the United States.

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Two Notre Dame faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Author: Josh Weinhold

Declan Kiberd, the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and professor of English, and Dianne Pinderhughes, chair of the Department of Africana Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. 

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