Summer Research Opportunities

Summer Research Opportunities Program 2023

Notre Dame has many opportunities for promising undergraduate students to broaden their research skills with world-class faculty and to experience our campus in advance of applying for graduate studies.

We offer several Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The list of REU programs can be found below.

The Graduate School also offers its very own Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) which is independent from the REU, but offers many of the same (and more) opportunities to prepare undergraduates for graduate school success.

We encourage current undergraduate juniors and rising seniors, in any discipline offered by the Notre Dame Graduate School, to join our campus community for 10 weeks of guided research with accomplished faculty, culminating in a symposium attended by 200 peer researchers. The deadline for applications is March 1.

We offer:

  • Competitive stipends
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • GRE preparation
  • Graduate school application support
  • Fee waiver when applying to ND
  • Assistance with fellowship applications to NSF, NIH, and more

Upcoming Events

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Info Session and Q&A:

Apply today to the Graduate School’s Summer Research Opportunities Program

Click here to view our 2023 SROP brochure

Meet Past Participants

Meet 2021 Notre Dame summer research participant Austin Wyman. Austin expects to earn his bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Notre Dame in May of 2023. Austin will be applying to multiple graduate programs and external fellowships with the help of the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement at Notre Dame and the Graduate School’s Office of Grants and Fellowships and Graduate Enrollment Management teams. 

Meet 2016 Notre Dame summer research participant Jordan Lewis. Jordan is an evolutionary biologist, who earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in the Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution program at Laney Graduate School. Jordan is the recipient of the highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and was recently awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology from the National Science Foundation. He will be working as a postdoctoral research scientist at Yale University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Meet 2015 Notre Dame summer research participant Karen Angeles. Karen will earn her Ph.D. from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Notre Dame in the fall of 2022. She is a published scholar (e.g., in the journals Automation in Construction and Structural Safety) and has won several fellowships, including the highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Karen has accepted a job as a research engineer on the Flood Vulnerability Team at Verisk, where she will be responsible for developing, enhancing, and managing the vulnerability component and overall model performance of Verisk Extreme Event Solutions’ water peril catastrophe models that cover worldwide regions. 

All Notre Dame Undergraduate Summer Research Programs & Areas

College/Department/Center/Institute Program Area Contact Email Address
Biological Sciences Summer Research Opportunities Michelle Whaley
Center for Computer Assisted Synthesis (C-CAS) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Courtney Holland 
Center for Research Computing Summer Research Opportunities Laura Kresnak
College of Science Summer Research Opportunities Xuemin (Sheryl) Lu
Graduate School  Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) (all degree programs) John Lowery
Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society Summer Education and Engagement for Data Science (SEEDS) Alison Cheng
Notre Dame Energy Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes   Barbara Villarosa
Notre Dame International International Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (iSURE) Kailey Preston
Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology   NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) Heidi Deethardt
Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory NDTL Internship Program Heidi Wegner
Physics and Astronomy Research Experiences for Undergraduates Kristen Amsler
Wireless Institute Advanced Wireless Research Experiences (AWaRE) Tiffanie Sammons