Students collecting data on the National Bison Range

A national resource for environmental education and research, the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center provides unique opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty researchers to investigate the ecology of diverse environments, which have been protected from human degradation. UNDERC welcomes financial donations from those interested in supporting the study and preservation of these environments, with a focus on undergraduate and graduate education. 

UNDERC welcomes donations of any amount. Donations to support environmental education and research at UNDERC can be made online through the Office of Development webpage.

Donors interested in supporting UNDERC over the long term can contact Dr. Gary Belovsky, Gillen Director of UNDERC [tel. (574) 631-0172]. 


MentoringTwo generations of UNDERC students! The student becomes the mentor.

Notre Dame Day 2018

UNDERC is pleased to be a part of Notre Dame Day 2018. During this exciting time, we have the unique opportunity to earn a portion of a $1 Million! Make a $10 gift on Notre Dame Day (April 22 – 23), and receive 5 votes to cast. The total number of votes we receive decides our percentage of the $1 Million. Please vote for us! This year, we are raising money to support our graduate student mentors, who are an essential part of the UNDERC experience for undergraduates in our summer programs. 

Mentoring is the foundation of research at UNDERC and is an integral part of our summer programs. Every undergraduate is paired with a graduate student or faculty mentor to provide guidance, wisdom and support. Mentors work closely with students throughout the entire research process, from devising an interesting and novel question and writing a proposal, through data collection and analysis, and finally writing a manuscript and presenting the project at the UNDERC Symposium at the conclusion of the summer. Many students work with their mentors after the summer to publish their projects in scholarly journals or present their projects at scientific conferences.

Donations will be used to support graduate student mentors through our Research and Mentoring Fellowships. These funds pay a competitive summer stipend, housing, and also provide research funds for equipment and supplies.

The student / mentor relationship is fundamental to our goal of training excellent and informed field researchers. Both undergraduates and graduate students benefit from this interaction, and your support is needed to sustain future students.