Student Achievements

Elizabeth Adeyemo doing field research
Excavations at the 2021 Igbo Ukwu Archaeology Field season. Elizabeth Adeyemo is holding one of the exciting finds of the season, a small ceramic vessel.

Students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities come together to pursue their research at Notre Dame, and our students' achievements are just as diverse and varied.

We attract top students who are focused on empirical research and integrative analysis that speaks to the multifaceted character of human experience and we support and mentor them in their scholarly pursuits.

Our graduate students have won many grants, fellowships, and awards from a variety of sources. They are successful in securing funding from Notre Dame's internal funding sources, and they are competitive in external grants, receiving Ph.D. research fellowships from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Grenn Foundation, and the National Geographic Society.

Our students also share their work with the world, publishing articles and monographs in various academic and public-facing outlets.

It's not surprising, then, that our alumni go on to great jobs in both academia and industry. 

"Notre Dame’s program enables you to do such interesting and cool work because people here are so generous with their ideas and resources — which you don’t really get at most institutions. If I could go back, I would choose Notre Dame, every single time. The opportunities I have, the resources I have available, the support I get — I don’t think I would be able to do this anywhere else.”

— Mallika Sarma, Ph.D. ’20, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Human Spaceflight Lab at Johns Hopkins Medicine

"The program’s integration of different perspectives and methodological tools provides me with solid foundations to work as a scholar and an anthropologist basically anywhere. I may consider going back to Brazil, where I’m originally from, or to Europe, where I grew up, staying in the U.S., or even exploring other countries around the world. So, Notre Dame has opened up the world to me in some respects. This program also incentivizes students to envision the impact of their work beyond academia. I believe transdisciplinarity is crucial in preparing graduate students to deal with real-world problems in any career path they might choose.”

— Patrícia Rodrigues, current Ph.D. student