Grogan Summer Fellowship

Fall 2021 Note: CUSE is in the process of updating our Fall 2021 grant policies. We will have them completed before classes begin August 23.  If you have questions regarding grant funding between August 2 - 23, please reach out to a CUSE advisor.


2021 Grogan Fellowship: Call for Proposals

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) is pleased to announce the 2021 Grogan Fellowship to support two Notre Dame undergraduate students for a 8-10 week internship focused on a data analysis project related to the promotion of the removal of damaged and deteriorated asbestos from large industrial jobsites due to its connection to the cancer mesothelioma. The internship will be connected with the law offices of T.M. Johnson in Chicago, IL, during the summer of 2021. Students will be able to work remotely during the duration of the internship. The anticipated time commitment is 30 hours/week, on average.

The focus of the internship will be to update and analyze a dataset from the Asbestos Workers Early Detection Lung Cancer Screening Program. This is the best set of data currently available regarding the connection between asbestos exposure and lung cancer, but it has not undergone the systemic analysis that is necessary to put it into use. The analysis carried out by the Grogan Fellows has the potential to lead to a co-authored report that contributes to the mission of convincing leadership of large corporations, major refineries, powerhouses, and industrial facilities to remove damaged and deteriorated asbestos from their industrial worksites. In addition, such a report would contribute to the mission of educating the public about how asbestos continues to plague major U.S. industrial job sites and exposes new generations of workers to carcinogens associated with asbestos disease, including mesothelioma.

The Grogan Fellowship will provide funds to cover any direct expenses associated with the internship as well as a $7,500 stipend. Fellows will be expected to treat this internship as their primary employment during the 8-10 weeks of the program. They will work 9am-3pm Central Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, though some flexibility to the schedule may be allowed upon request. 

This Fellowship is open to all majors. It may be of special interest to those interested in data science, statistics, public health, and/or medicine. Applicants should be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors with prior experience with research and/or data analysis in some form. Students participating in the Bengal and Baraka Bouts boxing programs are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the positions will be filled as we receive strong applications. If you wish to be considered for the Grogan Fellowship, please contact CUSE as soon as possible at