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.

Prashan de Visser presents at TEDxUNDPrashan de Visser (M.A. peace studies, 2015) presents at TEDxUND.

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

Psychologist examines methods of classifying mental disorders

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

In a new paper published in the invitation-only journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, Lee Anna Clark, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at Notre Dame, and her team present the challenges in using the field’s three major diagnostic manuals from a scientific perspective and offer some recommendations for re-conceptualizing the mental disorders they describe.

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English professor wins NEH grant to bolster major digital humanities research database

Author: Emily McConville

Associate Professor of English Matthew Wilkens was recently awarded a Digital Humanities Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bolster Textual Geographies, a database and suite of tools he is developing that allow users to find, map and analyze more than 14 billion place name mentions from books and journals in English, Spanish, German and Chinese.

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Notre Dame professors named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Author: Jessica Sieff

Kenneth T. Christensen, professor and collegiate chair in fluid mechanics and chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Umesh Garg, professor of experimental nuclear physics, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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