The REACT program (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training) is an initiative to support graduate students to receive the latest training in computational tools and techniques in their field. REACT provides up to $1,300 to attend nationally and internationally recognized workshops that provide the latest training in computational approaches.

REACT is a joint effort between the Environmental Change Initiative, the Eck Institute for Global Health, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute


Across the sciences, the skills required to analyze large data sets, build statistical models, and simulate complex processes are increasingly critical. 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.


  1. The applicant must be a PhD student or thesis Masters student enrolled at Notre Dame.

  2. 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.


The following are allowable budget requests:

  • Registration
  • Tuition
  • Room and Board

Students can request 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.


Applications are considered on a rolling basis.


Applicants are required to:

  • Create an account with Submittable in order to submit the 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. 
  • 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 Notre Dames Centers, Initiatives, and Institutes the PI regularly affiliates with: ECI, EIGH, GBCF, or HCRI.

Applications must be submitted online to


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.


Since January 2017, REACT has funded 14 students in 13 labs. These students attended a wide range of workshops and programs, on diverse topics, located all over the world. Nearly all of these workshops provided highly specialized training which would be impossible for students to gain as efficiently through existing courses at Notre Dame.


Please direct any questions to Beth Archie (, Mike Pfrender (, Kathy Taylor (, or Kara Primmer (