Grad Research Room

Grad Research Room Artifact DisplayA sample display in the Graduate Research Room.

The anteroom to our Grad Defense Room — 117 Bond Hall — has been designated the Grad Research Room. Wall-to-wall bookshelves will display artifacts of dissertations and theses completed at Notre Dame. If you are submitting a formal dissertation or a formal master's thesis in a terminal master's program, we invite you to deposit an item or object that represents your research.

Displayed artifacts must be:

  • Between 6 and 18 square inches in size;
  • Non-toxic; 
  • Inanimate;
  • Owned by the author (or lent to the Graduate School with permission from the owner); and
  • Suitable for display in a publicly accessible setting

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • A piece of equipment
  • Photo(s) of a subject or specimen
  • A book, work of art, poem, figure, or chart

Each artifact will be displayed with a card that identifies you, the title of your dissertation or thesis (for terminal master's programs), and a brief statement in 60 words or less describing how the artifact relates to the central question of your research. You will also be asked to indicate whether you would like your artifact to be returned to you at the end of its public display (typically one year from date of deposit). You may use the Grad Research Room Artifacts Form to submit information for your display card; a member of our staff will reach out to you to coordinate the delivery of your artifact, print out your display card, and add your item to the Grad Research Room.

If you have any questions related to displaying your artifact in the Graduate School's gallery or donating items to the Hesburgh Library collection, please contact or for assistance.

Go to the Grad Research Room Artifacts Form