Notre Dame Graduate School Program Earns ALE Conference Honors

Author: Aaron Bell

The University of Notre Dame Graduate School’s Ethical Leaders in STEM program was awarded a Distinguished Innovative Practice Award during the Association of Leadership Educators’ recent conference.
The award recognized the program’s unique leadership training model for those in STEM fields. 

Research shows that the cultivation of ethical workplace cultures depends on leadership, and Notre Dame’s Ethical Leaders in STEM program is built with that in mind.
The year-long, NSF-funded program at Notre Dame combines workshops, small-group and individual mentorship as well as a practicum experience for 16 3rd and 4th year doctoral students in STEM fields. It is designed to help graduate students gain a better understanding of themselves, others, and the organizations in which they serve. 

The Notre Dame Graduate School model embodies a hybrid form of experiential, active and focused training that features role-playing and hands-on experience to convey the principles, regulations and rules governing the practice of research for graduate students.

As leaders in their fields, graduates will apply their training in a manner informed by the University core values of integrity, accountability, teamwork, leadership in mission, and leadership in excellence. 

This year’s Notre Dame Graduate School EL-STEM program will culminate with a leadership symposium on Aug. 16 a 4 the Eck Alumni Center on Notre Dame’s campus, during which participants will share their experiences from this year’s program. 

There will be a reception to follow.