Notre Dame Pi Day 5K

The Society of Schmitt Fellows and the Association for Women in Science at Notre Dame co-host the ND Pi Day 5K. All proceeds from the run will benefit running and STEM programs at Harrison Primary through the Boys and Girls Club. This amazing organization provides primary school students with a safe and fun space after school, while teaching them how to love and care for themselves and others through healthy activities-culminating in their own 5K run. Last year, the proceeds went towards the Boys and Girls Club's Running Programs, where they bought:

  • Running Shoes
  • Snacks
  • Program Fees
  • 5K Practice Race at Harrison Primary Support for Boys and Girls Club STEM programs

While the financial goal of the race is to raise money for running and STEM programs at Harrison Primary, the other hope is to use Pi Day to educate the community about math and science.

ND Energy will be on hand with demo booth on membranes.  Using coffee filters and markers, affiliated researchers will demonstrate how membranes separate things we pass through them.  Three graduate students will be representing ND Energy at the demo booth:

Other Science Demos

There will be several booths with fun, hands-on science demonstrations.

Lab Demos

  • Sylvan Learning - Hands-on experience helping build robots. Put your STEM skills to the test, with the opportunity to program these robots to move, make noise, and more!
  • John Grover (OIT) - Demonstration using Raspberry Pi & Python!!
  • Belovsky Lab - Sea Monkeys up close aka Brine Shrimp of the Great Salt Lakes
  • Daniel Howard - Demonstration on Water Hydrology with an interactive sandbox
  • Laura Merrill - Polymer focused demo, see how to make slime and learn how to make a “slime battery!”
  • Rocha Lab - Using automatic temperature sensors and thermal cams

A number of science laboratories will be offering tours before the race. There will be three time slots for lab tours - 1pm, 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm, and the tours will last ~ 30-45 minutes each. They will end at the latest 2:45 pm for people to still run the 5K and 10K. DRESS CODE: Closed-toed shoes and long pants or skirt must be worn! All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Lab Tours: Explore the many facilities at Notre Dame

Lab tours for 2018:

  • Smith Lab - Our lab is broadly interested in the application of supramolecular chemistry and biomolecular recognition to the development of probes for sensing and treatment of cancer and other diseases. Currently we are investigating the use of fluorescent and heat-generating dyes as guests for larger ring-shaped tetralactam macrocycles, which boost the dyes' fluorescence and protect them within biological systems. Due to our diverse research interests, our lab contains traditional synthetic hoods and benchtops, as well as spectroscopy instrumentation, a cell culture room, and microscopy facilities.
  • Dovichi - The Dovichi Lab specializes in separations chemistry, specifically capillary zone electrophoresis. We study various samples, including DNA, proteins, bacteria, and even frogs!
  • Ashfeld - This lab primarily focuses on the development of new synthetic methods to access heterocyclic compounds that could be used as novel therapeutics for the treatment of central nervous system cancers, such as glioblastomas and neuroblastomas.
  • Gua Lab - This lab is focused on replacing industrial scale, conventional gas separation systems. An example separation is the removal of carbon dioxide from pre and post combustion natural gas streams to reduce pipeline corrosion and subsequent carbon dioxide emissions. Conventional systems, such as those using harmful chemical solvents have many drawbacks including being costly to invest in and costly to operate. We therefore are synthesizing and characterizing novel polymeric gas separation membranes that will ideally feature both high permeability and selectivity, at a low cost, with the goal of replacing conventional separation systems.
  • Schaefer - The Schaefer group works on the creation of new materials with the goal of enabling new high-energy density rechargeable batteries such as lithium-sulfur, magnesium-sulfur and magnesium-ion chemistries. Many of the materials we work with are air-sensitive, which means a majority of our chemistry is done on either a schlenk line or inside of a glovebox, both of which are tools that allow us to work in environments that have no oxygen or water. On the tour we will talk about and look at the glovebox and schlenk line, as well as some other laboratory equipment time permitting.

For complete details, visit ND PI DAY 5K