Slatt Undergraduate

The Vincent P. Slatt Fellowships for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes are awarded annually to undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame to conduct research in energy systems and processes. These competitive awards are granted to students who have research interests in energy technologies and America’s energy future. Energy technologies can range from a means to improve use of fossil, nuclear, and alternative energy sources for power or fuels production to the development of more efficient transportation and energy utilization systems. Projects must be focused on creating better energy systems and devices or strengthening America’s energy future through the development of policies and infrastructure to support new technologies. Awards can be up to $5,000 per student and used to support the student's stipend, research supplies, and travel for the student to present his/her research at a national conference or meeting. Scholars will be required to submit a final report at the conclusion of their research projects and will be invited to present their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). 

Students who wish to be considered for a Slatt Fellowship must submit an online application in cooperation with their faculty advisor. Faculty advisors will submit a separate online application in support of their student applicant. The role of the faculty advisor is to help the student articulate the goals of the research project and to guide and direct the student in pursuit of solving major energy issues through research and analytical study.

Important Dates

  • Undergraduate Sustainability Research & Education Expo held in January.
  • Applications accepted in February.
  • Notifications sent in March. 
  • Funding available in May. 
  • Undergraduate Research Symposiums held in July/August and April/May.
  • Final report due to Barbara Villarosa at bvillaro@nd.edu in August or April.

Application Process

Student applications will be submitted online and will require the following information:

  • Project title
  • Brief statement describing the student's career objectives and how the student's role in this research will help him/her achieve his/her career goals
  • Copy of the student's resume and his/her unofficial transcripts
  • Project description with major research objectives and a list of primary tasks associated with each objective

Supporting applications from faculty advisors will be submitted online and will require the following information:

  • Relevance of the project to the ND Energy mission
  • Project period (summer months are optimal, yet projects may begin or continue into the fall and spring semesters)
  • Desired fellowship amount*
  • Letter of recommendation, including the importance of the research project to the energy landscape at Notre Dame and the strengths the student will bring to the project

*The student earnings ceiling from the Office of Financial Aid may be helpful to determine the stipend amount.

Atlanta University Center Consortium - Program Guidelines

Undergraduate students from the Atlanta University Center Consortium who are interested in applying for a Slatt Fellowship to conduct energy-related research during the summer months at Notre Dame must complete a separate application that will be available in the fall. 

For more information, contact Barbara Villarosa at 574-631-4776 or bvillaro@nd.edu.

Since 2006, Slatt Fellowships have been made possible through the generosity of Christopher (ND ’80) and Jeanine Slatt in honor of Vincent P. Slatt, Notre Dame Class of 1943.