January 30, 2015
TO: Sophomores and Juniors in the Colleges of Science and Engineering
I am writing this letter to tell you of a unique opportunity for overseas research this summer in Ireland. The ten-week program is called the Naughton and Clark Fellowships for Research, which are generously endowed by Martin and Carmel Naughton, and John and Fidelma Clark, all of whom are eager to provide a life experience in Ireland for Notre Dame students while immersed in frontier research carried out by distinguished faculty. Notre Dame students may apply for specific projects at either Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin or University College Cork. Descriptions of the various REU projects can found at the project links on http://naughton.nd.edu/for-nd-students/undergraduate-reu/ (As of the writing of this memo the project lists from Dublin City University and University College Cork had not yet been received but are expected shortly). Background information about the Naughton Fellowships can be found at naughton.nd.edu.
Fellowship recipients will conduct their research within an exciting team atmosphere, working with a faculty mentor, post docs and graduate students in either Dublin City University (DCU), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), or University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Each REU position is full time (40 hours/week). The fellowship includes accommodations at UCC or TCD residences, airfare ($1500 maximum), airport pickup upon arrival, a cultural enrichment program, and a stipend for food and other living expenses over a 10-week period between May 11 and August 7, 2015. Fellowship recipients will be part of the university’s summer research community and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. At the conclusion of their research, each fellowship recipient will prepare a one-page summary of his/her project accomplishments and will give an oral report either in Ireland or at Notre Dame.
I urge you to apply by the deadline, February 20, 2015. I believe this could be a life-changing experience for you, both professionally and socially.
Robert J. Cunningham
Facilitator of the Naughton and Clark Fellowships
Sr. Director, Finance, International Affairs, and Administration
College of Engineering