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 and developments and broaden the educational experience for students and postdocs receiving these awards. Applications can be found on the Funding Opportunities Webpage (a Notre Dame Net ID and Password are required) or you may contact Barbara Villarosa (574-631-4776). Meet our current and past Student Scholars, as well as our ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellows

  • The Vincent P. Slatt Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes
  • The Forgash Undergraduate Student Fellowship for Solar Energy Research
  • The Patrick and Jana Eilers Graduate Student Fellowship for Energy Related Research
  • The ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


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. Students may choose a technical or nontechnical track of study. Other energy related minors at Notre Dame are the Energy Engineering Minor for undergraduate students in Engineering and the Minor in Sustainability for all undergraduate students in all majors and colleges.
  • 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. Beginning in Summer 2012, area high school teachers and teachers from the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program participate in energy related research programs at Notre Dame and develop curriculum and projects for their students in the classroom. This three-year program is funded by the National Science Foundation.  ND Energy RET Experience


  • Undergraduate Energy Research Expo: Each year, ND Energy researchers present information about their energy-related research projects during a poster demonstration focused on matching undergraduate students with faculty who have openings within their labs. Oftentimes, this is the first step for undergraduate students to learn about research opportunities in energy, which also helps them to identify research topics in preparation of the Slatt Fellowship application process. 
  • Distinguished Lecture Series 2015: This series brings to campus nationally recognized academic, industrial, and government experts to discuss best practices, new technologies, and policy development in energy.
  • Energy Week 2014:  Mark your Calendars for Energy Week -- October 6-10, 2014!  This annual event is sponsored by the ND Energy Student Advisory Board and is designed to create awareness and educate students on critical energy related issues and topics.
  • Science Alive 2015!: This local, annual event provides 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 7, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph County Public Library in Downtown South Bend.
  • Conferences and Workshops:  Leading experts in energy-related research and education are invited to participate in conferences and workshops sponsored by ND Energy. 
  • Outreach Opportunities for Faculty: Read about the many outreach opportunities in which ND Energy faculty participate.
  • Outreach Opportunities for Notre Dame Graduate and Undergraduate Students: Read about the many outreach opportunities in which Notre Dame Graduate and Undergraduate Students participate.
  • Dorm Energy Competitions: Sponsored by various organizations, there are several energy competitions each year. Unplug your appliances, take the stairs, and cheer your dorm on to victory! Follow the dorm stats on the Energy Dashboard
  • Links to Energy Education Sites
  • Links to Other Resources on Sustainability
  • Career Development - Energy Career Workshop with Dayaway Careers: This website is geared toward college students looking for their first job opportunities in the field of renewable energy. There are also listings for internships, and the site includes company and job profiles. Mike Brownell, the founder of Dayaway Careers, has spoken at Notre Dame and will likely visit campus again.
  • JINA Art 2 Science Camp 2014:  During the JINA Art 2 Science Camp from 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: This article was published by The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters on October 16, 2014 and provides tips on writing a well-composed scientific paper, which may be 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 about education and outreach, please contact Anne Pillai (office phone: 574-631-9106).


Distinguished Lectures
Distinguished Lecture Series 2014
Distinguished Lecture Series 2013
Distinguished Lecture Series 2012
Distinguished Lecture Series 2011
Distinguished Lecture Series 2010
Distinguished Lecture Series 2009
Distinguished Lecture Series 2008

Energy Week
Energy Week 2013
Energy Week 2012
Energy Week 2011
Energy Week 2010
Energy Week 2009
Energy Week 2008
Energy Week 2007

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
2009 Events
2008 Events
2007 Events
2006 Events
2005 Events