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Early Start Experience

Will you graduate in May? What are your summer plans? How about starting at Notre Dame early and get paid to learn about the department's research, take workshops on how to teach labs and tutorials and write winning fellowship applications, strengthen your language skills, and get settled in, all ahead of the hustle and bustle of Fall semester.


New graduate students encounter many changes when they first arrive on campus and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Early Start Experience allows them to to settle in to Notre Dame ahead of orientation week. Launched in 2016, the program was a resounding success and will be continued in the summer of 2017.

Admitted students have the option to come to campus early and learn about the department. While on-campus for this fully-funded program, they will investigate the research being in conducted in the department, meeting with faculty and current graduate students and present their findings at the end of the summer to CBE faculty and your cohort. 

Those who come early will also participate in training workshops for teaching and TAing for lab and tutorial classes, allowing them to enter the classroom as a TA with confidence. Students attend a weekly workshop through the Graduate School's Grants & Fellowship Office to learn how to set themselves up for success when it comes to applying for the NSF GRFP, NASA and Fulbright fellowships and many more which are available to students at varying times in their graduate careers.

Incoming graduate students who participate in the program also have the opportunity to meet current students and join them on fun excursions to attractions in the region like Cedar Point roller coaster park.

Students arrive for the early start mid-July, 1 month ahead of new graduate student orientation.