NDMU science majors have the opportunity to apply for the annual Sister Alma Science Year fellowship for immersive undergraduate research.

Named in memory of Sister Alma McNichols, a former faculty member of the NDMU Biology Department, the Sister Alma Science Year fellowship supports placements for up to three NDMU students in labs with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The fellowship provides students with a year-round stipend, as well as summer on-campus housing.

The students gain valuable experience working in the lab full-time over the summer and continue their research part-time during the following academic year. This competitive fellowship has been a vital step in the career development of its alumnae; recent participants have entered PhD programs, medical school, dental school, and prestigious teaching fellowship programs.


  • Full-time sophomore, junior, or senior in the Undergraduate Studies at NDMU
  • Major related to biomedical sciences
  • GPA of 3.4 or higher


Isabella wears a green shirt and a mask, while standing in front of an MRI scan

Isabella Dallasta

Hands-on Experience Leads to More Opportunities

Alum, NDMU Class of 2022
"The Sr. Alma program had been on my radar ever since I applied to Notre Dame. It was great to get in-person experience, speak with doctors, work on projects, and also have my own projects. It has led to countless other opportunities for me moving forward.” – Isabella Dallasta '22, a 2021-22 Sr. Alma Science Year Scholar