REACT Program

The REACT (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training) program began in January 2017 as an 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 Research Institute (HCRI). REACT provides up to $1,300 to cover student tuition, registration, and board required to attend nationally and internationally recognized workshops that provide the latest training in computational approaches.


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.

Who have we funded?

Since January 2017, we have funded 14 students in 13 labs. They 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.


  • 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 only covers 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.
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