Grogan Summer Fellowship

2018 Grogan Summer Fellowship for Mesothelioma Research

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) is pleased to announce the 2018 Grogan Fellowship to support three Notre Dame undergraduate students for a 6-8 week internship developing a public health campaign related to asbestos and mesothelioma. The internship will be based out of the law offices of T.M. Johnson in Chicago, IL, during the summer of 2018.

The focus of the internship is a review of corporate decision-making on the problem of deteriorating asbestos thermal insulation, which continues to plague major U.S. industrial jobsites and exposes new generations of workers to carcinogens associated with asbestos disease, including mesothelioma.

Grogan Fellows will investigate HOW to frame this problem to industrial business owners so that they will remove asbestos from their facilities.  Fellows will review historical documents, medical, scientific, and financial data, legal depositions and testimony, and meet with physicians and workers in order to produce 1) a critical review of facts and issues, 2) three infographics, and 3) a 3-minute video that will be used to educate the public and promote awareness in corporate decision-makers about the continuing crisis of asbestos exposure at U.S. industrial facilities.

The Grogan Fellowship will provide funds to cover all direct expenses associated with the internship, including travel, room and board, as well as a $3,000 stipend.

This Fellowship is open to all majors. Applicants should be freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with prior experience with research and/or creative projects. Students participating in the Bengal and Baraka Bouts boxing programs are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply for the “Grogan Fellowship for Mesothelioma Research” through Applications must include:

  • A 4-5 page double-spaced proposal
  • A resume or CV
  • Contact information for three Notre Dame references

The proposal should address: 1) any relevant skills and previous experiences with research and/or creative projects, especially those related to the Grogan Fellowship; 2) why you are interested in this opportunity (personally, academically, and/or professionally); and 3) how this experience will propel you forward in your academic/professional trajectory and goals.

The (extended) application deadline is April 9, 2018 and notifications will go out by April 20, 2018. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please email the Undergraduate Research team at CUSE at  

Revised: 4/2/2018