The Berthiaume Institute is happy to announce that it is accepting applications for its Leiva and O'Brien Summer Graduate Research Fellowships. These fellowships will cover full stipend costs from May 15, 2024, through August 15, 2024. The funding for these fellowships is provided by the Leiva Graduate Fellowship in Precision Medicine and the O’Brien Family Endowment for Excellence Fellowship. We are grateful for the generous support of these benefactors.

These fellowships are administered by the Berthiaume Institute for Precision Health on behalf of Notre Dame 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 the 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


Eligible students must be enrolled in the university in both the Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 semesters.

Each application will automatically be considered for any of the available fellowships, so students should only complete one application. Note, however, that the O’Brien Fellowship has a preference toward finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. It is not limited to that disease area, but any application received that addresses PD will merit extra consideration for that specific fellowship.


Please direct questions to Corrine Hornbeck at or (574) 631-7385.

Previous Fellows

Previous Summer Fellows

  • 2023: Gustavo Da Silva (Biological Sciences)
  • 2023: Eva Hall (Bioengineering)
  • 2023: Hyunsu Jeon (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
  • 2023: Alyssa La Bella (Biological Sciences)
  • 2023: Guoqiang Liu (Biological Sciences)
  • 2023: Heather Shepherd (Chemistry - Biochemistry)
  • 2022: Laura Alderfer (Bioengineering)
  • 2022: Kirk Atkinson (Chemistry - Biochemistry)
  • 2022: Nathan Dominque (Chemistry - Biochemistry)
  • 2022: Harrison Hill (Chemistry - Biochemistry)
  • 2022: Tiffany Huwe (Biological Sciences)
  • 2022: Chinedu Madukoma (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences)
  • 2022: Sihan Yu (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)
  • 2022: Yuting Zhang (Biological Sciences)

Previous Leiva Fellows

  • 2023: Yuting Zhang (Biological Sciences)
  • 2022: Alicia Wei (Electrical Engineering - Bioengineering)
  • 2021: Loan Duong (Biological Sciences)
  • 2020: Tracy Lynne Lockwood (Chemistry - Biochemistry)
  • 2019: Joshua Berwanger (Chemistry - Biochemistry)
  • 2018: Kimberly Curtis (Bioengineering)
  • 2017: Maria Cristina Miranda Vergara (Chemistry - Biochemistry)
  • 2016: Anna McDermott (Bioengineering)

Previous O'Brien Fellows

  • 2023: Sono Kumar (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
  • 2022: Francisco Huizar (Bioengineering)
  • 2021: Iker Soto Santarriaga (Chemistry - Biochemistry)
  • 2020: Arambage Dushani (Chemistry - Biochemistry)
  • 2019: Joseph Chambers (Biological Sciences)
  • 2019: Caitlin Donahue (Chemistry - Biochemistry)