October 1, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Career Corner | Biology Alum to Talk about Master’s That Combines Science, Entrepreneurship, Oct. 18

Allison Berding, portrait

Allison Berding

By Allison Berding ’19

I graduated from Ohio University with a Biology B.S. degree in May 2019. I am now a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame in a master’s program in Entrepreneurship, Technology, & Innovation (known as the ESTEEM Graduate Program).

I will be coming to OHIO on Friday, Oct. 18,  to share my story and provide information on the program—especially with students at Ohio University from technical backgrounds who aren’t finding a fit in conventional post-undergrad opportunities, and/or who are simply excited by entrepreneurship and innovation. (The info session is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Irvine 159 and includes free pizza.)

The ESTEEM Graduate Program is the first multidisciplinary graduate program in the history of Notre Dame, created in 2009-10 by the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Business and housed in the IDEA Center, Notre Dame’s home for entrepreneurship. ESTEEM is a one-year graduate program in entrepreneurship and innovation targeted at STEM undergraduates and, now in its 10th academic year is proving to be very successful on many fronts.

About the ESTEEM Program

Many students come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. For this reason, ESTEEM emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of it. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to become leaders in their chosen fields.

ESTEEM curriculum:

  • 11 months
  • includes design thinking, customer validation, financial modeling, BMC, data analysis, finance and prototyping
  • Master’s Capstone: go-to-market approach sourced from ND research, industry sponsor or Founder’s Idea

ESTEEM students:

  • 56 students in the class of 2020 from various STEM fields
  • 100% receive some level of scholarship award
  • average scholarship of $23k

ESTEEM graduates:

  • are changing the world at companies such as Apple, Eli Lilly, McKinsey, Walt Disney and more
  • 95% placement @ 90 days from grad (avg. Classes of ‘18 & ‘19)
  • 1 in 4 alums are in startups; 28% as founders or co-founders (including Enlighten Mobility, founded by Marissa Koscielski, ESTEEM 2018)

Contact Allison Berding at  or Kyle Williams at for more details or learn more about the program.

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