Notre Dame’s graduate students are a critical part of the University’s research agenda. Not only do graduate students assist faculty with research, they make important discoveries of their own. Katherine Ward, a third-year student in Notre Dame’s doctoral program in Chemistry and Biochemistry who, last year, won a major fellowship from the American Heart Association, is a perfect case in point.
The symposium, hosted by the Graduate Student Union and supported by the Graduate School and the Colleges of Engineering, Science and Arts and Letters, showcases the accomplishments of the Graduate School’s four divisions in Engineering, Humanities, Science and Social Science.
A unique departmental approach to graduate students’ professional development is paying dividends for Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology. Over the past two years, more than 18 students have published a book, article, or book review in a peer-reviewed journal—for a combined total of 26 articles, three books and two book reviews. Nearly half of the publications have appeared in top-ranked journals.
Joan F. Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for her innovation in the use of ionic liquids and supercritical fluids for environmentally benign chemical processing.