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Graduate School Honors Student Shaheen Award Winners and Faculty Burns Award Winner

Author: Graduate School

The Graduate School is pleased to announce its annual award winners for the 2020 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate Student Awards and the James A. Burn, C.S.C. Faculty Award.  The Shaheen Award recognizes the most outstanding graduate student in each of the divisions of the Graduate School.  The Burns Award recognizes a faculty member who is an outstanding faculty mentor and who exemplifies the value of positive mentor/mentee relationships.  The award winners will be formally recognized for their achievements at the Graduate Commencement Ceremony to be held at Notre Dame over Memorial Day weekend in May 2021. …

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Provost Burish Letter to Students on Covid-19 Issues

Author: Tom Burish

Dear Notre Dame Students, I hope this letter finds you, your families, and your friends safe and doing well in the midst of these challenging times.  Numerous faculty members have relayed to me stories of your patience, resilience, and good humor as you resumed your classes online this week.  I am grateful to you for that as well as for your efforts in many distant locations to maintain the strong sense of community we work so hard to build at Notre Dame. …

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Emergency Support

Author: John Lubker

Pregnant & Parenting Student Assistance Fund Notre Dame’s Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Fund (PPSA) manifests the University’s commitment to life by assisting pregnant and parenting students and their families, by easing some of the hidden financial costs that can impose huge financial burdens for students with families living on a budget. Funding for the PPSA is secured by the Office of Life and Human Dignity in the McGrath Institute for Church Life and disbursed through the Office of Student Affairs. Although the fund does not meet the needs of every student-family, it does provide much-needed relief for families encountering a major strain on their finances. In order to attend to those student-families in most need, the PPSA prioritizes financial assistance in the following circumstances, with particular concern for undergraduate students and international students:…

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James Hentig Wins 2020 Notre Dame Graduate School Shaheen 3MT®

Author: Dawn Rizek

Winners of the 2020 Shaheen 3mt Finals, James Hentig, Matthew Dahl and Jordan Cockfield with Dean Laura Carlson James Hentig, a Ph.D. student from the Department of Biological Sciences, won the 2020 Notre Dame Graduate School Shaheen Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) on Thursday, March 5 on the stage in Jordan Auditorium in the Mendoza College of Business.…

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Graduate students encouraged to apply to new fellowship program to advance research and communication skills

Author: Brandi Wampler

The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and the Graduate School have launched a year-long fellowship program that aims to help students accelerate their dissertations, develop their research communication skills, and cultivate professional and scholarly networks, all within the context of a vibrant and supportive intellectual community.

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Anne Martin, '14 Ph.D., works to optimize exoskeleton support for walking assistance.

NSF Grant Provides Next Step for Assistive Walking Exoskeletons

Author: The Graduate School

Anne Martin, Ph.D. '14, was the 2014 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award recipient in the Graduate School's Division of Engineering. Established in 1990, the Shaheen Awards recognize excellence as a graduate student in areas such as grades, research and publications, fellowships and awards, teaching, mentoring, and postgraduate positions.    Martin, whose graduate research focused on developing individualized predictive modeling to customize prosthetic walking aides, is now an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, where her team continues to explore the intersection of machine-assisted human mobility with a National Science Foundation grant. This trailblazing work was recently highlighted in Science Magazine (read  the original article here: https://scienmag.com/nsf-grant-provides-next-step-for-assistive-walking-exoskeletons/).

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Notre Dame Studying the Hurdles That May Prevent Researchers From Speaking Up

Author: Demetra Schoenig and Brandi Wampler

Whistleblowing, or the voluntary reporting of potential misconduct, is critical for the detection and discouragement of misconduct. Yet certain factors, like the potential negative impact on a career or awareness of institutional policies and resources, can prevent individuals from speaking up. To improve whistleblower protections and policies, researchers at the University of Notre Dame have received an award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify such hurdles and brainstorm ways around them, within the arena of research misconduct.…

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Unearthing the past: Theology graduate students join archaeologists to discover clues from history

Author: Andy Fuller

Over the summer, Notre Dame theology students joined professional archaeologists to look for clues buried in the ancient soil of the Holy Land. What the students found could make valuable contributions to our understanding of life at the border of biblical Judah and Philistia, as well as the history of the land purchased in the 1960s for what became the University's campus here.

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Doctoral student recognized for research on traumatic brain injuries

Author: Naya Tadavarthy

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) selected fourth-year doctoral student James Hentig for the inaugural class of their highly-competitive Leadership Development Program, as well as a Trainee Professional Development Award. The society recognized Hentig's work on curing traumatic brain injuries, informed by his own experience in the U.S. Army.

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Science fiction writer Ted Chiang to join Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

Author: Brandi Klingerman

The University of Notre Dame has announced that Ted Chiang, award-winning science fiction writer, will join the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) as an Artist in Residence during the 2020-2021 academic year. Known for critically-acclaimed stories such as “Tower of Babylon” and “Story of Your Life,” which was adapted into the science fiction film “Arrival,” Chiang will spend three one-week periods throughout the fall and spring semesters on campus. 

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Grad Students, Speak Up!

Grad students, speak up! Learn how to confidentially report a concern

Author: The Graduate School

The Graduate School’s ombudsperson assists graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in resolving a wide range of concerns, problems, and conflicts. The ombudsperson provides a confidential place for individuals to express concerns, identify steps towards resolution to problems, and makes referrals to appropriate campus resources.

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Graduate School Launches 2019 LASER Training Cohort

Author: John Lubker

This August, the Graduate School welcomed the start of another cohort of Leaders Advancing Socially Engaged Research (LASER). This program is aimed at Notre Dame doctoral students in their 3rd or 4th years of study, and is intended to complement students’ individual research pursuits in their various fields. This year’s cohort consists of sixteen students completing individual LASER projects and hailing from each of the Graduate School’s four academic divisions (engineering, humanities, social sciences, and science). …

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Dr. Esther Takeuchi, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Material Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University

Leading energy storage researcher Esther Takeuchi, Ph.D., to deliver the Graduate School Commencement address

Author: The Graduate School

The Graduate School is proud to announce that Dr. Esther Takeuchi, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Material Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, will address graduates at the Graduate School’s annual Commencement Ceremony, which takes place on Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Compton Family Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.…

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Notre Dame Graduate Students and Training Innovations Garner Recognition

Author: Trish Bredar

Monica Arul Jayachandran   Notre Dame Graduate School’s innovations in graduate training garnered strong recognition at this year’s 75th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS), March 20-22 in St. Louis, Missouri. The meeting fostered discussions and workshops on the theme of “Changing Times: Challenges and Innovation in Graduate Education” with faculty and staff dedicated to graduate training from universities throughout the Midwest. Notre Dame’s Shaheen 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition winner, Monica Arul Jayachandran, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, earned second place in the overall regional 3MT competition. In addition, Steven Lemke, MFA candidate in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, received an Honorable Mention for the MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award.…

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Notre Dame engineers part of consortium proposing US-Mexico ‘energy-water corridor’ in lieu of border wall

Author: Patrick Gibbons

The proposal, outlined in the white paper “Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP): A Secure and Permanent US-Mexico Border Solution,” makes the case for developing a light industrial zone in the territory along the nearly 2,000-mile border as a means to curb illegal immigration and create jobs on both sides of the border in the potentially energy-rich region.

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Upcoming panel offers an inside look at academic publishing industry

Author: Trish Bredar

  Rapid changes in the academic publishing industry mean that many emerging scholars face unknown terrain when it comes to publishing their first book. On April 1, a panel of experts will come together to demystify the process and provide new insights for new and established scholars alike. Sponsored by the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, the Graduate School, and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, “Academic Publishing Today: A Conversation” will offer an inside look at today’s publishing industry for scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities, particularly those planning to turn their dissertation into a book.…

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Monica Arul Jayachandran wins the 2019 Notre Dame Graduate School Shaheen 3MT®

Author: Dawn Rizek

Jessica Schiltz, Monica Arul Jayachandran, and Mallika Sarma, Winners of the 2019 Shaheen 3MT® Competition Pose with Dean Laura Carlson of the Graduate School   Monica Arul Jayachandran, a Ph.D. student from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, won the 2019 Notre Dame Graduate School Shaheen Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) on Thursday, February 28 on the stage of Decio Theater in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.…

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Three Science Finalists Complete the Field in Build Up to Shaheen 3MT® Finals

Author: Dawn Rizek

Kevin Sanchez, Lauren Green & Cynthia Schreiber will represent Science in the 3MT® Finals   Three finalists from the College of Science were chosen from a competitive field of participants in the Three Minute Thesis Competition on Wednesday night in Geddes Hall. Kevin Sanchez…

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Three Engineering Finalists Join Growing Field in Build Up to Shaheen 3MT® Finals

Author: Aaron Bell

Jessica Schiltz, Monica Arul Jayachandran and Sarajane Roenke will represent the Engineering division in the 3MT® Finals   Three finalists from the College of Engineering were chosen from a competitive field of participants in the Three Minute Thesis Competition on Tuesday night in Geddes Hall. Jessica Schiltz…

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