You matter, and your connection to Notre Dame is important to us. We want to hear from you and learn more about your research or professional endeavors, whether in the academy, corporate industry, government, or non-profit sector.

CGS Career Pathways Project

The Graduate School is proud to participate in the CGS Career Pathways Project. This survey of PhD alumni is being conducted by Professor Laura Carlson, dean of the Graduate School, to collect data regarding your career aspirations and program experiences that will be used to improve our graduate programs.

If you receive a mailing asking you to participate in the study, please do. Your voice is very important to us. For questions, please contact


An initiative supported by the Notre Dame Alumni Association, IrishCompass is the University's official online community for networking, mentorship, and career discernment. Through IrishCompass, Notre Dame alumni may connect with current graduate students who are seeking mentorship to learn about specific industries. The portal also offers a private job board featuring employers eager to hire Notre Dame alumni.

Meet our 2018 Distinguished Alumnus

Steven Walker Distinguished Alumnus portrait 71k jpgDr. Steven Walker

Each year the Graduate School presents the Distinguished Graduate Alumnus/a Award to an alumnus/a of the University who has distinguished him- or herself in scholarly research pursuits, the community, or society. The award is presented at the annual Awards Dinner and recognized the next day at the Graduate School's Commencement Ceremony. For a list of past winners, see our past winners page.

The winner of the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award is Dr. Steven Walker ('97, Aerospace Engineering), director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Read more about Dr. Walker's accomplishments and the accomplishments of other award winners in the Awards Citation Booklet.

If you would like to nominate a previous Notre Dame classmate for this award, please contact the current director of graduate studies of your former program.