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Theology professor Jean Porter, inaugural Graduate Student Mentorship Award winner, takes positive, personal approach to transforming students into scholars

Author: Marilyn Odendahl

Jean Porter finds it difficult to describe her approach to mentoring graduate students, because it changes with each and every one. As a mentor, the John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology has been described as providing candid and clarifying advice while also offering patience, support, and generosity. She has guided and encouraged 28 doctoral students as they finished their dissertations, then written recommendation letters for them and given further advice as they launched their own careers.  “It’s just about forming a personal relationship with the student,” Porter said. “In my experience, there’s no substitute for that.” In recognition of the time and attention she has dedicated to her students, helping them grow intellectually and find their scholarly voices, Porter has been selected as the inaugural winner of the College of Arts & Letters Graduate Student Mentorship Award.

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New NSF REU site at Notre Dame offers summer 2023 opportunities in soft materials research

Author: NDnano Staff

The NSF-funded Soft Materials for Applications in Sustainability and Healthcare Engineering (SMASH Engineering) REU site at the University of Notre Dame will provide an immersive, full-time research experience for undergraduate students beginning the summer of 2023.

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Alyssa La Bella, Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow and second-year doctoral student in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Graduate student's research contributes to discovery of mechanisms that may cause catheter-associated fungal infections

Author: DeSantis, Dana

A team of Notre Dame scientists, including graduate student and Schmitt Fellow Alyssa La Bella, have discovered the mechanisms by which the fungal pathogen Candida albicans may form infections on urinary catheters.

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Michael Hildreth, professor of physics and astronomy, vice president, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School, effective July 1.

Physicist Michael Hildreth appointed vice president, associate provost and dean of Notre Dame’s Graduate School

Author: Dennis Brown

Michael Hildreth, professor of physics and astronomy and senior associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School effective July 1.

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Georgina Curto Rex, Ph.D., is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the ND Technology Ethics Center.

Tech Ethics Center postdoc named visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Kavli Center

Author: Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center

Georgina Curto Rex, a postdoctoral fellow at the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center (ND TEC) who specializes in applied AI, has been appointed as a visiting scholar at the Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public at the University of California, Berkeley.

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The Graduate School held its opening reception for the annual Solarium Art Show, FREQUENCIES, on March 8, 2023.

Art studio and design MFAs open their work to campus in Graduate School’s annual Solarium Art Show

Author: Eric Heath

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students in the University’s studio art and design programs unveiled their latest work to the campus community on March 8 at the opening reception of this year’s Solarium Art Show in Bond Hall. An annual collaboration between the Graduate School and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, this year’s exhibition — titled FREQUENCIES, in a nod to the “vibrational energy” of this year’s pieces — featured nine students across a variety of visual disciplines

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Angela Abarca, Hanfeng Zhang, and Bingxin Yang

Materials science and engineering Ph.D. students present their research on materials for water treatment, machine learning, and gas sensing

Author: NDnano Staff

Three students pursuing the doctorate in materials science and engineering (MSE) at Notre Dame were the featured speakers at the program’s first two community-building events of the spring semester. Angela Abarca and Hanfeng Zhang were presenters at the January meeting, while Bingxin Yang presented at the February meeting.

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Ijeoma Nwaogu, Ph.D., spoke on the topic of overcoming imposter anxiety, commonly known as "imposter syndrome".

Confronting imposter anxiety: Graduate School hosts renowned author and speaker Dr. Ijeoma Nwaogu

Author: Julaine Zenkleberger

On February 1st in Washington Hall, the Graduate School — in conjunction with Graduate Student Life, the Association for Women in Science, and Graduate Student Government —  hosted the first of two events given by renowned speaker and coach, Ijeoma Nwaogu, Ph.D. Dr. Nwaogu uses her work to give practical and approachable advice to help people move beyond the pervasive problem of “imposter syndrome” and achieve their own personal, academic, and professional goals. 

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Researchers in the field at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC), part of Notre Dame Research (NDR).

University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center announces new cohort of graduate research fellows

Author: Bella Laufenberg

A new cohort of students will get the chance to participate in Graduate Fellowships at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) this summer. UNDERC, part of Notre Dame Research (NDR), has announced the names of six graduate students who will conduct research at its field research station, which crosses the boundaries of Michigan’s upper peninsula and Wisconsin. There, the fellows will collect data connected to their research interests and to ongoing projects in on-campus labs.

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roboMUA Co-founders Emmanuel Acheampong '21 M.S. (left) and Rofy Okyere-Forson '22 M.S.

Beauty industry disruption: ESTEEM graduates revolutionize with cutting-edge AI tools

Author: Notre Dame ESTEEM

Emmanuel Acheampong '21 M.S. ‘21 and Rofy Okyere-Forson '22 M.S., are working to revolutionize the beauty industry with AI-powered tools geared towards matching beauty and skincare products to all skin shades. The pair are co-founders of roboMUA, a cutting-edge…

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Left to right: Isaac Angera, voted People's Choice winner; Mariama S. Dampha, second-place winner; and Alex Boomgarden, first-place winner of the 2023 Shaheen 3MT Competition (3MT®).

Alex Boomgarden wins 2023 Notre Dame Graduate School Shaheen 3MT®

Author: Eric Heath

Alex Boomgarden, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Biological Sciences, won the University of Notre Dame’s 2023 Shaheen Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) on Wednesday, March 1. The event — jointly sponsored by the Graduate School, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development, and Graduate Student Government — was held on the stage of the Jordan Auditorium in the Mendoza College of Business.

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Walk the Walk Lightning Talks program, 2023: "Research That Matters: Scholarship Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion"

Graduate student DEI research gets a spotlight in Graduate School's Walk the Walk Week event

Author: Julaine Zenkleberger

During Notre Dame’s eighth annual Walk the Walk Week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Graduate Student Life, in collaboration with the Graduate School, hosted a series of lightning talks featuring nine graduate students — across six different disciplines — whose research centers around topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The lightning talks were hosted at the Graduate School’s home of Bond Hall and highlighted the groundbreaking research of ND graduate students that is — whether directly or indirectly — advancing the goals and dreams set forth by Dr. King.

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Previous winner Monica Arul Jayachandran competes in the 2020 Three Minute Thesis competition. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame.

Graduate students to present research, compete for prize money in annual Shaheen Three Minute Thesis competition

Author: Erin Blasko

Nine University of Notre Dame graduate students will compete for $4,500 in prize money during the annual Shaheen Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at 5 p.m. Wednesday (March 1) in Jordan Auditorium at the Mendoza College of Business on campus. The event is open to the public.

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