Nine Faculty Members Awarded Inaugural Mexico City Collaboration Grants

Notre Dame International is providing funding to build, sustain, and encourage academic and research collaboration with leading universities in Mexico. This grant program supports the University’s broader strategy to engage Mexico and Latin America by building upon existing partnerships and creating new opportunities for research, scholarship, and graduate training.

“Thanks to the generosity of University benefactors, Notre Dame International is pleased to support these high-quality initiatives to promote and enhance our faculty’s research and scholarship in Mexico and Latin America,” said Warren von Eschenbach, associate vice president and assistant provost for internationalization. “Our hope is that these projects not only will strengthen partnerships throughout Mexico but through intellectual inquiry allow scholars and researchers to make a contribution to the region.”

Faculty based in the colleges of science, engineering, and arts and letters have been awarded grants for the following research projects during the 2017-18 academic year:

Hsueh-Chia Chang
“The Nanotech Collaboration Initiative”

Research Partner: Tec de Monterrey

John Paul Grieco
Biological Sciences
“Evaluation of Novel Spatial Repellents Against Aedes spp. in Chiapas, Mexico”
Research Partner: Centro Regional de Investigación en Salud Pública

Paul Helquist
Chemistry and Biochemistry
“Synthesis of Cholesterol-Bodipy Conjugates”
Research Partner: University of Guanajuato

Rob Nerenberg
Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
“Biofuel Production with the Photoactive Membrane Biofilm (P-MBfR): Effect of Biofilm Accumulation on Process Efficiency"
Research Partner: Instituto Tecnológico de Educación Superior de Monterrey

Graham Peaslee
“Ion Beam Analysis Studies of Cultural Heritage Artifacts and Cross-laboratory Calibration and Collaboration"
Research Partners: Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Richard E. Taylor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
“Expanding Upon Scientific Connections in Mexico City: Collaborations in Drug Discovery”
Research Partners: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Guillermo Trejo
Political Science
“Democracy and Criminal Violence: The Political Foundations of Drug Wars in Mexico”
Research Partner: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

Mitchell Wayne
“CMS Outreach and Science for Masterclass Institutes Collaborating in the Americas”
Research Partners: Universidad de Colima, Universidad Iberoamericano

Jonathan K. Whitmer
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
“Promotion of Discourse through Engineering Matierals Opportunities for Students”
Research Partners: Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad de Guanajuato, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

Notre Dame International provides several collaboration grant opportunities for international research. More information can be found at

Contact: Warren von Eschenbach, associate vice president and assistant provost for internationalization, at

— Joya Helmuth, Notre Dame International