Summer Workshops and Social Events

Summer Research Programs at Notre Dame join together to organize joint social and professional development events for undergraduate students across campus to enhance their research experiences and to create a vibrant community of young scholars. Some events are designed to prepare students to present their research at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Summer 3MT Competition, while others are focused on having fun, building professional networks, and meeting new friends!  

2024 Summer Olympic Events
Summer Lab Olympic Events

In honor of this year's Summer Olympic Games, July 26-August 11, in Paris, France, students will participate in a weekly Olympic challenge by attending as many joint events as possible. Depending on their final score at the end of the summer, students will win Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals, making them eligible for summer Olympic grand prizes, including gift certificates to the Notre Dame Bookstore. View the list of Olympic Events below and plan to take the Olympic challenge! Events are for undergraduate researchers at Notre Dame by invitation only. Students will be notified in advance of each event with a link to RSVP. Questions? Contact your program administrator or Barbara Villarosa at




Wednesday, May 29
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Welcome Convocation 
Kick off your summer research experience at Notre Dame by meeting University leadership, summer program administrators, and other student researchers! Enjoy refreshments and get the details on joint social and professional development events, ask questions, and win prizes!! 
Jordan Hall of Science, Galleria
Tuesday, June 4
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Museum of Biodiversity 
Take a guided tour of "nature on display" and learn about the extensive collections of amphibians, fish, birds, mammals, insects, parasites, and fossils that have been collected over the last 150 years. 
Jordan Hall of Science
Tuesday, June 4
6:30-8:30 p.m.
GRE Training Session #1 (hosted by The Graduate School)
Prepare for the GRE with this initial training session that includes practice materials. Students will register for the Zoom link. 
Virtual via Zoom
Thursday, June 6
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Raclin Murphy Museum of Art 
Take a guided tour of this amazing new museum and explore the wonderful works of art, including the "Earth Kid" where the artist explores the themes of climate change, fragile global environments, and the role of youth in attempting to save the planet.
St. André Way (corner of Eddy Street and Angela Blvd)
Tuesday, June 11
12:00-1:00 p.m.
National Fellowships: Rhodes, Fulbright, NSF GRFP, and More by Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE)
Learn how to apply for prestigious, nationally competitive scholarships that provide funding for study, research, teaching, and internships in the U.S. and abroad, including Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater and NSF GRF, to increase your opportunities for graduate studies and research.
Tuesday, June 11
6:30-8:30 p.m.
GRE Training Session #2 (hosted by The Graduate School)
Prepare for the GRE with this initial training session that includes practice materials. Students will register for the Zoom link. 
Virtual via Zoom
Wednesday, June 12
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Creating an Effective Research Poster by Prof. Alexander Dowling, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Prepare to present your research at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium! You will learn how to put together an excellent poster and presentation, including how to: (1) gather relevant data and other resources; (2) develop a compelling story about your research; and (3) design a scientific poster that conveys your research project and results clearly and without hyperbole. 
123 Nieuwland Science Hall
Tuesday, June 18
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Trivia Night!
Join friends for a quizzical evening of brain-stretching fun and camaraderie! Teams will be formed at the event.
B01 McCourtney Hall
Tuesday or Wednesday,
June 25 or June 26
6:00-8:00 p.m.
DVT Show: Space Science Beyond the Dome by Keith Davis, Physics and Astronomy
Experience space through an interactive illustration of the night sky and solar system with Dr. Keith Davis explaining astronomical events and findings from probes exploring the solar system.
Jordan Hall of Science,
Reading Room
Wednesday, June 26
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Summer 3MT Competition Information Session by Meruelo Family Center for Career Development 
Learn details about participating in the 2nd annual Summer 3MT Competition and get tips on preparing an effective 3-minute pitch about your research in terms appropriate for a non-specialist audience. 
Thursday, June 27
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Graduate School Application Tips and Q&A
Invest in your future and gain insight into the advantages of having an advanced degree to improve your career opportunities! Get tips on applying to graduate school, schools you might want to consider, and how to make your application stand out.
Tuesday, July 2
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Latin Dance Night! with Prof. Ramzi Bualuan, Computer Science and Engineering
Get your dancin' shoes on for an evening of whirling to the sounds of Latin music with Prof. Ramzi Bualuan instructing your every move and step! No experience necessary!! 
Wednesday, July 3
3:30-9:30 p.m.
High Performance Computing (HPC) Facility Tour & South Bend Cubs vs. Peoria Baseball Game and Post-game Fireworks!
Take a guided tour of the Center for Research Computing's HPC facility and learn how engineers provide scientific workflow, comprehensive support and optimization expertise to advance research. Then walk over to Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium for an evening of fun-filled baseball, food, fellowship, and post-game fireworks!
Union Station,
506 W. South St. and Coveleski Stadium, 501 W. South St.
Friday, July 5
5:00-9:00 p.m.
(FYI/On-Your-Own) First Fridays DTSB: Backyard BBQ 
Enjoy an immersive community experience, showcasing the best of what downtown South Bend offers!  (
South Bend
Monday, July 8 -
Monday, July 22

Research Presentation Coaching, Fanning Center for Business Communications, Mendoza College of Business (MCOB) 
Get one-on-one coaching from faculty experts in MCOB and develop a clear, concise and well executed research presentation for the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, Summer 3MT Competition, and other future presentation opportunities. 
In-person, MCOB or Zoom
Tuesday, July 9
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Ice Skating at Compton Family Ice Arena 
Get your skates on for an evening of fun on-the-ice at the Compton Family Ice Arena where the Fighting Irish play! Beginners welcome!!
Compton Family Ice Arena
Thursday, July 11
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Career Services Workshop: Improving Your CV/Resume, Meruelo Family Center for Career Development 
Meet experts from Career Services and get advice on improving your resume/CV so it stands out from the rest and you get the job you want!
Saturday, July 13
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cornhole Tournament and Picnic
Grab a partner and take to the lawn for a fun-filled afternoon of competitive cornhole! Enjoy picnic-style food, fun, and fellowship!! 
McCourtney Hall Lawn
Wednesday, July 17
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pathways to Successful Science Careers, Prof. Lynn Roy, Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend 
Get insight on pathways to successful science careers and the importance of translating science into meaningful explanations. 
Wednesday, July 24
10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College)
Present your summer research project to a broader audience during one of two hour-long poster sessions and learn about other interdisciplinary research projects at Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College. 
Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
Wednesday, July 24
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Summer 3MT Competition, Graduate Career Services, Meruelo Family Center for Career Development
Participate in the 2nd annual Summer 3MT Competition to explain your summer research in terms appropriate for all audiences and within 3 minutes! Sharpen your communications skills, reignite your passion for discovery, and promote preeminent research, while fostering a community of young scholars!! 
Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center

Programs include:

Biological Sciences
Center for Computer Assisted Synthesis
Center for Research Computing
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
College of Engineering
College of Science
Fanning Center for Business Communications
Graduate School
Harper Cancer Research Institute
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
Lucy Institute for Data and Society
Naughton Program
ND Energy
ND International
ND Turbomachinery Laboratory
Physics and Astronomy
Shaw Center for Children and Families
Wireless Institute