Across the sciences, the skills required to analyze large data sets, build statistical models, and simulate complex processes are becoming increasingly critical. For example, genomic data sets may consist of millions of sequencing reads from hundreds or thousands of samples. In ecology and earth sciences, researchers are applying new methods for modeling ecological data and assimilating data and models to improve forecasts of ecological and environmental change. In systems biology, scientists are modeling the emergent properties of interacting genes, proteins, cells, and tissues. All of these research areas depend on computational fluency. 

The REACT program (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training) is a short-term initiative to support graduate students to receive the latest training in computational tools and techniques in their field. REACT is a joint effort between the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH), the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF), and the Harper Cancer Institute (HCRI). REACT will provide up to $1,300 to cover student tuition, registration, and board required to attend nationally-recognized workshops that provide the latest training in computational approaches.


  • The applicant must be a PhD student or thesis Masters student enrolled at Notre Dame.
  • The student's advisor/PI must be a member in good standing with either the Environmental Change Initiative, the Eck Institute for Global Health, Notre Dame’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility, or the Harper Cancer Institute. Students should check with their advisors if they are not sure of their PI’s affiliations.
  • Students attending workshops may be asked to share the knowledge they gain with local working groups, journal clubs, classes, or a symposium of fellow REACT awardees.
  • REACT will cover costs for registration, tuition, room and board, up to $1,300. REACT does not cover research expenses or travel costs. Travel costs are expected to be covered by the student’s advisor/PI.

Application instructions

  1. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. All applications should be submitted online. Questions can be directed towards Beth Archie (, Mike Pfrender (, Kathy Taylor (, or Kara Primmer (
  2. Applicants will be required to:
  • Create an account with Submittable in order to submit your online application.
  • Provide information on the workshop they plan to attend.
  • Explain the computational skill(s) they will learn at the workshop and how those skills will help their research.
  • Provide information on the costs for workshop registration, tuition, and room and board. REACT provides up to $1,300 to cover these costs and these costs only.
  • Provide information on their admissions status in regards to the workshop (e.g. the student has not yet applied, the student has applied and the application is pending, or the student has applied and has been admitted to the workshop. If the latter, students will provide evidence of acceptance.)
  • Upload a short letter from the student’s sponsoring advisor/PI that states:  
  1. That the PI supports the student’s attendance at the workshop
  2. That the PI will pay for the student's travel costs
  3. Which of the following ND Centers, Initiatives, and Institutes the PI regularly affiliates with: ECI, EIGH, GBCF, or HCRI.

TME Abstract Format Requirements:

  1. Submit in a Word document only (.docx or .doc)
  2. File Name Format: PI's last name - Author's Last Name, Author's First Name
  3. Limit abstract body to 350 words
  4. 1.5 line spacing
  5. 1 inch margins
  6. Right and left justified
  7. Title font Calibri 12 bold; rest of text Calibri 11
  8. Underline poster presenter; provide department and institutional affiliations


Grant Overview

The Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) is pleased to announce the availability of travel grants to support Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows traveling to academic conferences. Each grant is worth $250.


  • Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows must be presenting at the conference for which they are requesting funding
  • Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows must also present their projects at HCRI Research Day
  • Graduate Students' and Post-Doctoral Fellows' participation in HCRI sponsored events will be taken into consideration when reviewing travel grant requests

Application Instructions


Application Deadline and Start Date:

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Application Requirements:

  • Formatting
    • Single spaced
    • Arial 11 font or larger
    • Margins 0.6" or larger
    • Assemble all sections below into a single PDF for submission
  • Cover Page (1 page)
    • Conference title, date, location
    • Applicant name, institution, department, position/title, email
    • PI name, institution, department, position/title, email    
  • Conference Overview (1 page maximum) should include:
    • Provide a description of the conference and the research that the candidate (Graduate Student or Post-Doctoral Fellow) will be presenting.
  • Letter of support/recommendation from candidate’s PI
Harper Cancer Research Institute