Entrepreneur magazine has ranked the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame among the nations top 25 such programs in an annual survey of U.S. colleges and universities.p. The Gigot Center appears in the second tier of the magazines list of the top 24 nationally recognized academic programs in the country. Earlier this month, the center was rated No. 23 nationally by U.S. News&World Report in its survey of entrepreneurship programsp. Carolyn Woo, Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business, said of the recent honors:The team of Jim Davis, David Hayes, Jeff Bernel, Theresa Sedlack, Jim Falkiner, Karen Slaggert, Rachel Farrell, Wanda Irving and Maria Wilk have worked very hard to build the center through the creation of course offerings, programs, outreach, competitions and the IrishAngels. These public acknowledgments provide a special opportunity to recognize their tremendous dedication, hard work and success.p. More than 825 programs were included in the Entrepreneur magazine study, which based the rankings on some 70 critieria, including course offerings, teaching and research faculty, business-community outreaches, research centers and institutes, degrees and certificates offered, and faculty and alumni evaluations. The results are in the May issue of magazine, available on newsstands today.p. The Gigot Ceneter was established in 1998 with a $2 million gift from 1972 Notre Dame graduate Gary E. Gigot, a private investor. It offers internships, sponsors several business plan competitions, operates a small business incubator, and provides a broad-based curriculum that gives Notre Dame students the entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to convert ideas into market possibilities.p. With more than 2 million readers, Entrepreneur magazine is considered the leading mass media publication in the field.