AUC Consortium

ND Energy offers competitive research fellowships to undergraduate students to conduct energy-related research during the summer at the University of Notre Dame. The Vincent P. Slatt Fellowships for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes are awarded annually to students who have research interests in energy technologies and America’s energy future. Energy technologies range from a means to improving the 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.

Since 2012, ND Energy has awarded up to three Slatt fellowships to undergraduate students affiliated with the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Consortium. The AUC is the world’s largest consortium of African American private institutions of higher education, designed to channel intellectual resources to the advancement of minority, economically disadvantaged, and under-served communities. Members of the consortium are Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. Students who are currently in their sophomore or junior year are eligible to apply. Awards can be up to $5,000 per student and used to support the student's stipend and assist with travel, housing, meals, and other related expenses. At the end of the research experience, student scholars will be asked to present a research poster during the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, as well as submit a final report to ND Energy. The summer research program typically runs for a 10-week period from on or around May 22 through July 29.  

Important Dates

  • Announcement sent in September.
  • Applications accepted in October.
  • Notifications made in November.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July/August.
  • Final report due to Barbara Villarosa at bvillaro@nd.edu in August.

Application Process

Student applications will be submitted on line and will require the following information:

  • Summary of academic achievements
  • Brief description of previous research experience
  • Summary of career objectives
  • List of energy interests and an essay about one topic
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor or mentor

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

SINCE 2012, SLATT FELLOWSHIPS HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE TO AUC STUDENTS THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF CHRISTOPHER (ND ’80) AND JEANINE SLATT IN HONOR OF VINCENT P. SLATT, NOTRE DAME CLASS OF 1943.