Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Education and Outreach


ND Energy offers competitive fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral research associates to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame. These fellowships support new advancements in energy technologies, while broadening the educational experiences for students and postdocs receiving these awards. 

Applications for the 2017 Slatt Fellowships for Undergraduate Research (AUC-affiliated and Notre Dame students) will be accepted February 1-28, 2017.  

Meet our current and past Student Scholars, as well as our ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellows. Information is also available via the Funding Opportunities Webpage with an ND Net ID and Password required. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Barbara Villarosa (574-631-4776).



A key component of ND Energy is to assist faculty with building strong energy-related research programs and creating education and outreach programs to support their research. By collaborating with campus groups, community leaders, and external partners, ND Energy is able to develop education programs to support community outreach and lay the groundwork for future research programs and external collaborations. These activities focus on supporting and growing the energy-related research at Notre Dame.

  • Energy Studies Minor:  This minor is administered by ND Energy and is open to all undergraduate students in all majors and colleges at the University of Notre Dame. Participants are encouraged to explore a broad range of issues regarding the complexity of the energy future, including technical knowledge, business opportunities, political maneuvering, historical trends, and ethical issues.
  • GLOBES Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society:  This certification program provides graduate students the opportunity to enrich their research and educational experiences at Notre Dame through additional study in interdisciplinary education to enhance the discovery of better environmental and energy research solutions.
  • RET—Research Experiences for Teachers: Engineering a More Sustainable Energy Future:  NSF-funded 2012-2015 to support high school teachers in conducting energy-related research and developing curriculum for their classrooms. ND Energy RET Experience

For more information, contact Anne Pillai (office phone: 574-631-9106).


  • Gao Group at the Energy Week Quad display 2012

    Student Energy Board: ND Energy’s Student Energy Board (SEB) is an opportunity for undergraduates and graduates to share their passion and concern for our energy future with members of the Notre Dame community and beyond.
  • Undergraduate Sustainability Research and Education Expo: Undergraduate students are invited to learn about current research opportunities and education programs in energy and other topics in sustainability at the Undergraduate Sustainability Research and Education Expo on Tuesday, January 31, from 6:30-8 PM in the Ballroom of the LaFortune Student Center. 
  • What's It Really Like?: Energy Careers: Undergraduate students are invited to meet with energy professionals to learn about everyday life in their careers, how they got to their current positions, the current climate in their fields, and insights into the future. 
  • Distinguished Lectures and Sponsorship Series 2016: Nationally recognized experts from academia, industry, and government discuss best practices, new technologies, and policy development in energy.
  • Energy Week 2016:  October 2-8, this annual event is sponsored by the ND Energy Student Energy Board and is designed to create awareness and educate students on critical energy-related issues and topics.
  • Science Alive!: An annual event providing ND Energy the opportunity to teach children in grades K-8 about energy-related issues and topics through hands-on demonstrations and activities. Mark your calendars for the next ScienceAlive! on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Joseph County Public Library in Downtown South Bend.
  • Conferences and Workshops:  Leading experts in energy participate in conferences and workshops sponsored by ND Energy. 
  • Outreach Opportunities for Faculty
  • Dorm Energy Competitions: Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, students can follow the competition stats on the Energy Dashboard.
  • Links to Energy Education Sites and Links to Other Resources on Sustainability
  • Energy Career Workshop with Dayaway Careers:  A website geared toward college students looking for job opportunities and internships in the field of renewable energy. Mike Brownell is the founder of Dayaway Careers.
  • JINA Art 2 Science Camp:  At the JINA Art 2 Science Camp July 14-18, 2014 in the Jordan Hall of Science, over 175 children learned about the wonders of the physical universe and used their creativity to express their new knowledge by creating art and hands-on experiments.  Check out the video here!
  • Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication: Published by The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters on October 16, 2014, this article provides tips on writing a well-composed scientific paper, which is helpful to graduate students and others who are new to the process of presenting their research results and drawing attention to their new scientific findings.    

For more information, contact Anne Pillai (office phone: 574-631-9106).


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Other Events
Moving the Classroom into the Lab: Undergraduate students from the “Physical Methods of Chemistry” class conducted research projects in the Materials Characterization Facility to help broaden their knowledge and enhance their research experience at Notre Dame. 
Switch documentary film, April 2013.
2008 Notre Dame Forum on Sustainable Energy
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