Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.29
Liaison Allison Mihalich
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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University of Notre Dame
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
4.00 / 4.00 Mike Seamon
Vice President
Campus Safety & University Operatis
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Fellowships provide funding to support stipends, research supplies, and travel for students to present their research at national conferences and meetings. These include the Vincent P. Slatt Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes, the Forgash Fellowship for Solar Energy Research, and the Patrick and Jana Eilers Graduate Student Fellowship for Energy Related Research The Energy Studies Minor (ESM) is open to undergraduate students in all majors and colleges at the University of Notre Dame. This minor is intended to prepare students to become successful leaders who understand the complexities of the world's energy challenges.
Undergraduate Sustainability Research and Education Expo: Some of the groups and organizations represented in the past have been Bertrand Farm, Burns Research Laboratory, Environmental Change Initiative, Environmental Radiochemistry/Actinide Chemistry Research Laboratory, Food Rescue US, Fund for the Public Interest, Go Research Laboratory, Great Lakes Project, GreeND, GreenScale Research Project, Guo Research Laboratory, Hixon Research Laboratory, Jones Research Laboratory –
Freshwater Ecology, Kellogg and Kroc Institutes, Lightcap Research Laboratory – Making Fuels with Sunlight, Master of Global Affairs, Medvigy Research Laboratory, Minor in
Sustainability, Molecular-level Energy and Mass Transport (MEMT) Research Laboratory, ND Energy – Energy Studies Minor, Student Energy Board, and Slatt Research Fellowships, Notre Dame Career Center, Prairie Winds Nature Farm, Regional
Environmental Action Network of IUSouth Bend, Reilly Center and GLOBES Program, Student Government, UNDERC, Unity Gardens, Urban Forestry Sustainability, and W.A.T.E.R. Research Laboratory ND-LEEF Graduate Student Research Grants: $1,500 to
support research at ND-LEEF (aquatic or terrestrial) ND-ECI Undergraduate Fellowships: Up to $1,000 for stipend or supplies to support undergraduate environmental change research (land use, climate, biodiversity, hydrology, etc.) Center of Environmental Science and Techonology annually awards a number of Bayer graduate fellowships to support interdisciplinary research in environmental science and/or engineering. UND Environmental Research Center offers two 10 week summer field courses through the University of Notre Dame Department of Biological Sciences targeted at undergraduate
students who are considering graduate school in ecology. Courses take place either in the area between Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula in Vilas County (Wisconsin) and Gogebic County (Michigan), or in western Montana on the Flathead Reservation. As part of each course, students conduct an independent research project under the direction of a faculty or graduate student mentor. Tutition, transporatation from Notre Dame to the field sites, and housing for the summer field courses are paid for by
UNDERC. The Environmental Change Initiative offers undergraduate research fellowships with up to $1,000 for stipend and supplies. These fellowships are open to students in all
undergraduate colleges and there are also opportunities to receive academic credit.

Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is intended to strengthen faculty
research programs and to enhance the development of new research directions and
preliminary data acquisition necessary for new proposals to external agencies. Est. in 2014 by ND Energy. ND Energy aims to coordinate all research initiatives in energy at Notre Dame. These research efforts are organized into the following six research themes: Energy Conversion and Efficiency, Smart Distribution and Storage,
Sustainable Bio/Fossil Fuels, Sustainable and Secure Nuclear, Tranformative Solar, and
Transformative Wind. ND-GAIN Faculty Involvement Grants: Up to $100,000 for seeding climate adaptation research & collaboration. Competitive proposals model the social or physical consequences from climate change under differing conditions of human social adaptation. Slatt Fellowship: The Vincent P. Slatt Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes supports the research interests of undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame in the field of energy systems and processes. Awards are made annually up to $5,000 per recipient.

Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Laboratory (CoMSEL) provides
world-class expertise in classical and quantum mechanical simulations. It is designed to
provide a unique, high quality, cross-college computational research and collaborative space for both scientists and engineers. The multidisciplinary CoMSEL labs include space for up to 50 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, spaces for large and small group seminars, supergroup meetings, and visiting researchers. At the Environmental Change Initiative, researchers from science, engineering, social science and other disciplines work with policymakers, corporations, resource managers and the nonprofit community to pursue environmental change research that is translational. The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) is a practical solution to the world’s
climate problem. We promote adaptation by identifying the places most vulnerable to the changing climate and identifying real-world solutions that can prevent these changes from becoming disasters. A laboratory provides scientists with a predictable and controlled setting for conducting experiments. However, research in the environmental sciences also needs to be tested at a more realistic scale, in a whole lake or stream for instance. The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility, or ND-LEEF,
provides scientists with a place to do these large-scale experiments without the challenges of field research, where controlling and replicating experiments can be problematic. The Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (GAL) was established by the Center for Research Computing (CRC) in collaboration with the Environmental Change Initiative to connect the Notre Dame community to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) technology and resources. The GAL lab offers geospatial computing and consulting services, partnering with clients in multidisciplinary research to find geospatial solutions. The team provides GIS and RS technical support, including map
creation/analysis, data generation, editing/transformation, remotely sensed data
analysis, spatial analysis and geostatistics, and interactive map design. Proposal writing
support is also available. Center for Enivronmental Science and Technology is a cooperative effort between Notre Dame’s Colleges of Science and Engineering, fostering interdisciplinary environmental research and education by providing cutting-edge analytical technologies needed to address complex environmental problems. The Minor in Sustainability is open to Notre Dame students in all majors and colleges. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the minor prepares students to serve as leaders in their
communities - local, national, and international - by making constructive and substantive
contributions to the development of more sustainable practices for the benefit of their own personal and professional lives, the lives of others, and the lives of future generations. Core facilities are readily available to students, faculty, and staff for sustainability and environmental research. These include, to name a few, the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility, the Nanofabrication Facility, and the Magnetic Resonance Research Center.

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Hesburgh Library houses multiple subject librarians to assist with undergraduate
sustainability research, with specialities including Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Environmental Engineering Digital subject guides for sustainability-related study provide students and faculty with access to valuable resources, including GeoRef
and Web of Science. Frequent research instruction and workshops provide students and faculty with resources and best practices as to properly conduct, present, and publish their research.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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