Foundation Seminar 2020 Application

Foundation Seminars 2020 Applications

Summer 2019 registration has closed.

We welcome your school's application to our Science & Religion Foundation Seminars 2020. Please read below for more details and submit an application when you are ready to apply.

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Who should attend?

Dsc 5554 Edit Small Foundations 2018 Group PhotoParticipants of the 2018 Foundations Seminar at the University of Notre Dame

Teams of teachers from the science and religion disciplines that possess a sincere desire to learn how the disciplines are connected and to share those insights with students in their classes.

Priority will be given to schools that apply with a team of at least three teachers from biology, chemistry and/or physics, and religion/theology.

Teachers need not be experts in connecting the two ways of knowing, but they must possess the desire to learn how they can be connected and to share some insights gained in the seminar with students in their future classes.

What to expect

Participants will attend an 8-week online reading group leading up to the seminar and the one-week event in June (either onsite or remotely online). 

The Foundations Seminars will be offered at two locations: 

  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (June 21-26, 2020) and 
  • Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA (June 14-19, 2020).

Participants will be placed based on the reviewers' assessment of the particular needs expressed in the application. Foundations Notre Dame will be live streamed and accepts schools who apply with a team of more than three teachers. Foundations New Orleans is normally limited to 3 teachers per school and requires the on-site participation of all team members. Schools choosing to send three teachers representing the three subject areas of biology, physics and/or chemistry, and religion/theology will receive first priority.


Application deadline is November 4, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified December 2, 2019. IMPORTANT: Please submit the names of all teachers on your proposed team in one application - we will only accept one application per school.

Please note that you will also need to submit brief essays to the following four questions which will help us to evaluate your specific needs:

  • What do you expect to learn and achieve by participating in the seminar?
  • How will you implement interdisciplinary engagement between science and religion at your school with faculty and students?
  • Have your teachers worked together in the past to bring science and religion into dialogue? If so, how?
  • How will the participation of your teachers in the seminar strengthen academic integration beyond your school, i.e. in your diocese and/or in collaboration with other Catholic schools?

Submit an Application

Thank you again for your application.

Chris Baglow, Patricia Bellm, and Jay Martin
Science and Religion Initiative Team