Science Policy Initiative

The Science Policy Initiative (SPI) is a student-run group focusing on issues at the intersection of science and society.  We encourage dialogue on campus around policy issues, strive to improve our science communication skills, and serve as a professional development resource for students interested in science policy careers.  SPI hosts a number of events throughout the year to serve our campus community. We have regular monthly meetings to discuss current events and recent developments in science policy. We host guest speakers from both on- and off-campus to speak about their careers and viewpoints on science and society. We meet with our local, state, and national legislators to communicate the importance of their support for science. We participate in outreach events in our local community to promote enthusiasm and support for science among the general public. Email us today at to join! Find us on Facebook (@SciencePolicyInitiativeND) and Twitter (@SciPolND)!

Unofficial Happy Hour

Are you a fan of good deals, delicious food, and great company? Then join us this FridayJuly 7, for an unofficial happy hour! It is both a First Friday celebration and Summer Restaurant Week, so there are a lot of good deals and exciting events happening downtown! See here for more details about First Friday events and here for Restaurant Week menus for all 18 restaurants that are participating, including Brew Werks, Fiddler’s Hearth, and Chicory Cafe. We will meet at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe at 6:30 pm, and from there we will decide which restaurant(s) to go to. See you there!


Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Night

Thank you again to everyone who participated in Notre Dame Day!! Because of your generous donations, we received over 200 votes, more than doubling our vote totals from last year. As the first thank you, here is the RSVP form for the Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2 Movie Night.

NOTE: A $5 deposit is required to hold your spot, please RSVP by May 15.

The RSVP form can be found at the following link, or with the QR code.

Public Speaking Workshop for Physicists

Worried about public speaking? Unsure how to explain your research to a general audience? Worried about making a talk so boring your audience falls asleep? Learn how to get past these pitfalls in this public speaking workshop geared towards physicists, led by Micha Kilburn.

Join us Wednesday April 5th at 11:30 AM in NSH 202. Pizza will be provided.

COS-JAM Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Annual Meeting

The inaugural College of Science – Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows will take place in Jordan Hall on Thursday, May 4, 2017. This will occur in conjunction with the Office for Postdoctoral Studies, Graduate Career Services, and Office of Grants and Fellowships, who will have representatives available to offer development counseling, CV advice, and information about research funding opportunities. The intent of the Graduate and Post-Doc COS-JAM is to highlight the achievements of graduate and postdoctoral research, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and provide mentoring about integrative careers in science.

All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the College of Science are invited to participate in Graduate and Post-Doc COS-JAM by sharing their original research with faculty and students, in either an oral or poster format. Please indicate if you have a preference for a given format following your abstract. Research may have been conducted on or off campus, and mentored by faculty from the University of Notre Dame and/or at other universities and colleges.

Please discuss the content of the abstract with your PI prior to submission. Approval by the PI will be needed before an abstract is accepted for presentation at Graduate and Post-Doc COS-JAM.

To participate, please submit abstracts of 300 words or fewer by Friday, April 14, 2017, using an online submission process: the website for abstract submissions is

Please direct any questions about participating in Graduate and Post-Doc COS-JAM, or the abstract submission process for COS-JAM, to Prof. Matt Ravosa, College of Science, Biological Sciences (