Summer Slatt Research

Summer Research at Notre Dame

Approximately 300 undergraduate students from around the world participate in summer research at the University of Notre Dame to experience the thrill of scientific discovery, make a difference in the world, develop skills and confidence, experience diverse cultures, create networks, discern career interests, and prepare for graduate school and the job market. Learn why other undergraduate students have participated in summer research at Notre Dame by viewing the short videos below.

Slatt Application Process

ND Energy offers summer research opportunities for undergraduate students at Notre Dame and from minority serving institutions through the Vincent P. Slatt Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes. Applications for Summer Slatt Fellowships will be accepted February 1-28 at the links below. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of March.  

2023 Summer Schedule

Students receiving a Slatt Fellowship will conduct cutting-edge energy-related research with ND Energy faculty affiliates over a 10-week period from May 22 to July 29. Slatt scholars will also participate in professional development workshops and social events with other researchers on campus, as well as present their research projects at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

Slatt Award

Slatt awards are up to $8,500 per student in support of an on-campus summer research experience in collaboration with faculty experts. Each award provides a stipend of $6,200 paid to the student throughout the program period; an allowance for on-campus housing of $1,500; an allowance of $500 in Domer Dollars to assist with meals; and an allowance of $300 for travel to/from campus if needed. 

Slatt scholars are also eligible to receive a one-time travel award of up to $1,000 per student to present their research at a national conference. This award can be requested up to six months after the award year. 

Award Terms and Conditions
  • Slatt Fellowships will be used to support students while conducting energy-related research on Notre Dame's campus.  
  • Slatt scholars will reside on campus in a dorm arranged by ND Energy to qualify for the housing allowance.  
  • Slatt scholars will attend professional development workshops and social events as their schedules allow.
  • Slatt scholars will present their research projects at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Slatt scholars will complete final reports summarizing their research projects and experiences (see template) at the end of their summer research experiences. 
  • Slatt scholars will prepare thank-you notes to the Slatt family for inclusion in the Stewardship Report prepared by ND Energy.
Application Criteria

All applications from students at Notre Dame and other universities will be considered. Preference will be given to students from minority serving institutions who are incoming juniors and seniors. Below is a summary of the application materials required for consideration. 

  • Brief statement on academic achievements and research experiences
  • Short essay on the importance of research in addressing today's energy challenges
  • Summary of current career goals
  • Recommendation letter from academic adviser/mentor
  • Copy of resume with current GPA
  • Copy of unofficial UG transcript
Application Links - The application process is now closed. 

Students from other universities, including minority serving institutions, please apply at the link below. 


Students at Notre Dame, before completing the application at the link below, please collaborate with your faculty adviser on your research project and objectives and your desired time period (summer or fall semester). If you apply for a summer fellowship, you will have 40 hours/week over a 10-week period to complete your research objectives; whereas, during the fall semester, you may have ~10 hours/week to complete your research objectives. Please note that the award for a fall-semester fellowship is up to $2,500 that includes a $2,000 stipend and up to $500 for supplies if needed. 


Students at Notre Dame, please ask your faculty adviser to complete the supporting application below. 



For questions about Summer Slatt Fellowships and the application process, please contact Barbara Villarosa at

Helpful Information After Award Notification

Summer Housing

ND Energy has reserved a block of rooms for summer Slatt scholars through Residential Life and will coordinate room arrangements with students prior to their arrival. Students will be asked to apply for summer housing by logging on to Home Under the Dome and should wait until they are notified by ND Energy to complete the Summer Housing Application. Housing rates will be available soon.  

To learn more about on-campus housing, visit Summer Housing.   

University Requirements, Services, and Resources 

Summer Registration

Slatt scholars will register for a zero-credit summer course and complete the ND Roll Call process. Registered students will have access to on-campus housing, meal plans, parking, library services, computer clusters, RecSports, and more.

  • Visiting students will receive registration information from ND Energy.
  • Notre Dame students will need department approval in order to register through insideND. 
  • Registration begins March 22.
  • ND Roll Call opens May 22. 

To learn more about University resources, view Student Services & Resources

Admitted Student Checklist

The University will require all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before arriving on campus for the 2023 Summer Sessions. 

  • New students must receive all doses of the vaccine in their home state or country prior to arrival.
  • Vaccines must be approved by a U.S. federal agency to be accepted as part of the requirement. 
  • Students may apply for religious or medical exemptions. 
  • Students spending fewer than seven consecutive days on campus are exempt from the requirement, though vaccination is strongly encouraged.

To help visiting students with an easy transition, view Admitted Student Checklist

Health and Safety Protocols

The University will require all visiting students to complete the following to be in compliance with University health and safety protocols:

  • Complete an immunization form signed by the student's health provider and uploaded to the student health portal with other supporting documents.
  • Complete a New Student Requirement Form found in the health portal to provide medical history.
  • Complete the COVID vaccination and the COVID Bivalent vaccination form and upload proof of vaccination to the health portal. 

To learn more, contact University Health Services (UHS) at 574-631-7497 or and view the UHS welcome letter.