Since 2013, the Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships have been offered to two outstanding graduate students at the University of Notre Dame who are investigating issues of high interest to the Institute. Each prestigious fellowship provides $25,000 of support towards a graduate stipend. Not only do the fellowships sponsor young researchers at key moments in their time at Notre Dame, they have also proven to be a springboard for follow-on careers in academic and corporate research.


The BIPH Graduate Fellowship Application is now open. The application deadline is Sunday, March 17, 2024 11:59 pm.

Application Information 

  • Name, campus address, phone number, and email address
  • A brief statement describing the student’s career objectives
  • A recommendation letter from student's faculty advisor
  • A project title and a description of the project objectives and scope of the project
  • A brief statement explaining the specific role of the student in achieving the desired results
  • A description of the broader societal impacts of the research or project
  • A copy of the student’s CV and graduate transcripts


Q: Is this fellowship strictly for graduate student stipends, or can it be applied to post-doctoral research as well?
A: This fellowship is for graduate students only.

Q: If I will be graduating next spring, may I still apply?
A: Yes. If there are still funds left after you graduate, they will be used to fund other graduate student research.

Q: Is the fellowship available to U.S. citizens only?
A: No, international students are also welcome to apply.

Q: May this award be taken or used at another institution?
A: No, the student must be a Notre Dame student using the award here.

Q: May a first-year graduate student apply?
A: Yes. The application questions concerning the graduate student GPA will not apply and will be removed from the criteria for the applicant.

Q: May non-ND work or papers be cited on the application?
A: Yes.

Q: Is it acceptable to cite works in certain sections to give relevance or background for the project?
A: Yes, you may include citations in a footnote.

Q: Are electronic transcripts acceptable for this application?
A: Yes, as well as scans of original transcripts for international students. If there is any question concerning authenticity, we will require a physical copy.

Q: If a student has completed graduate work at two (or more) institutions, may the GPAs be submitted separately?
A: Yes.

For any further questions, please contact Corrine Hornbeck.

Previous Berry Fellows

2023 - Thomas Moran, Biological Sciences, "Investigating human endothelial cell function during SARS-CoV-2 infections"

2023 - Simon Weaver, Chemistry - Biochemistry, "Developing informatics tools for proteomics data analysis and identification of novel small proteins in Mycobacteria"

2022 - Caitlin Donahue, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Investigating increased intracellular pH in driving cancer cell behaviors and therapeutic relevance of decreased pH in limiting tumorigenic phenotypes"

2022 - Bingxin Yang, Materials Science and Engineering-Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, "Smart Insulin Leak Detector"

2021 - Bradley Keegan, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Small Molecule Hsp90/Aha1 Inhibitors for the Reduction of Tau Aggregation in Neurodegeneration"

2021 - Lindy Sherman, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "N-Heterocyclic Carbenes as a Platform for Stable Nanoparticle-Based Biological Assays"

2020 - Lisa Minkoff, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Exploring the Utility of Polyclonal Aptamer for Early Stage Ovarian Cancer Detection"

2020 - Christiana Oh, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, "Nanopore Electrode Array (NEA) - based Electrochemical Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) Immunosensor for the Detection of Cytokine Storms in Whole Human Serum"

2019 - Michael VandenBerg, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, "Advancing Diabetes Care through Glucose-responsive and Affinity-mediated Polymeric Dual Hormone Delivery Devices"

2019 - Katie Morris, Biological Sciences, "Utilizing VRK1 Inhibitors in Combination with EpoAurorin to Induce Cellular Senescence as a Treatment for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma"

2018 - Daniel Erickson, Biological Sciences, "Improving therapeutic activity of recombinant monoclonal antibodies from silkworm Bombyx mori with transgenic mammalian glycoenzymes"

2018 - Cynthia Schreiber, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "New Approaches for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery of Ovarian Cancer"

2017 - Enrico Speri, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of the Oxazole Class of Antibiotics"

2017 - Yide Zhang, Electrical Engineering, "Fast, accurate, and noninvasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques enabled by super-sensitivity, super-resolution, and super-penetration quantitative multiphotonmicroscope in living tissue"

2016 - Nameera Baig, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Molecular Imaging of Clinically Relevant, Chemically Communicating Bacterial Communities"

2016 - Nur Mustafaoglu, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, "One-Step Diagnosis of Diseases Using Antibody Functionalized Nanoparticles"

2015 - Melinda Lake, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, "Development of a High Throughput Mechanical Phenotyping and Sorting Device"

2015 - Cody Narciso, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, "Reveal3D: Next generation cancer diagnostics and high-resolution 3D tissue imaging"

2014 - Md. Itrat Bin Shams, Electrical Engineering, "Photo-Induced Tunable Quasi-Optical Devices for THz Imaging and Beam Shaping/Characterization *Specific Objective in the next year will be: Photo-Induced Coded-Aperture Imaging for Potential Early Detection of Skin Cancer"

2014 - Kelsey Weigel, Biological Sciences, "The development of a novel immunotoxin-based therapy treatment for ErbB2-positive breast cancer"

2013 - Aamir Ahmed Khan, Electrical Engineering, "Multiphoton FLIM microscope for 3-dimensional imaging of tumor and dissolved gases in living tissue"

2013 - Hao Wang, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Targeted imaging of membrane receptors on colorectal cancer cells by Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)"