Young Scholars Program


The CISTAR Young Scholars Program enables high school students to spend six weeks on campus at the University of Notre Dame, engaging in full-time research and educational activities. Students work alongside CISTAR Fellows in the laboratories, explore career options in chemical engineering, and participate in lectures about ethics, communications, laboratory safety, and other relevant topics.

Details of the program include:

  • The program runs for six weeks, typically from mid-June to the end of July.
  • Students receive a $2,000 stipend. At Notre Dame, this amount is subject to mandatory tax withdrawals and current fringe benefits rates.
  • Applications are accepted annually beginning in December through mid-February. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply. Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, and person with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • At Notre Dame, students are eligible to attend social and professional development events for summer undergraduate researchers, as long as events do not interfere with required lectures, seminars, focus groups, tours, class sessions, and workshops.
  • At Notre Dame, students are eligible to present their research during the annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.
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Students accepted into the program are required to:

  • Attend all required lectures, seminars, focus groups, tours, class sessions, and workshops.
  • Commit to full program participation. That is, you may not enroll in classes or hold other jobs during the day. Students will not receive academic credit.
  • Live locally or find their own housing and transportation to and from Notre Dame's campus.

For more information, contact Anne Berges Pillai at, 574-631-9106, or Maeve Drummond at, 765-494-2254.

To learn more, read about how our first two young scholars spent their summer: A CISTAR Summer