The Glynn Family Honors Program offers select undergraduates the opportunity to pursue academic excellence within a community of like-minded learners. Glynn scholars engage in lively intellectual discussions in seminar-style honors classes, undertake original research, and develop meaningful mentoring relationships with some of the University’s top professors. Glynn scholars graduate from Notre Dame well prepared for elite Ph.D. programs, top medical and law schools, prestigious service programs, and a wide range of fulfilling careers in business and industry.
Andrew Grose, a native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has been named valedictorian of the 2018 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the 173rd University Commencement Ceremony on May 20 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.
A member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, Grose was an early inductee into the Notre Dame chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He holds a 3.997 overall grade point average (GPA), and will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in preprofessional studies with a major in Spanish. He plans to return to Notre Dame to pursue a Master of Arts in Iberian and Latin American studies. Following this program, he plans to work as a physician in the global public health setting, with a focus on underserved rural communities in both the U.S. and Central America.
Through the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns’ International Summer Service Learning Program, Grose spent the summer of 2017 in El Salvador where he worked for the nongovernmental organization Libras de Amor (Pounds of Love) in a number of different areas, including child development and community health. He spent the summer of 2016 in Toledo, Spain, studying Spanish history and film. He completed his senior thesis work through the Department of Romance Languages and the Glynn Family Honors Program, where he studied the work of Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton. The April 2018 recipient of the Jose Tito Siguenza Award for Service to Hispanic Youth, he also won the James T. DiNardo Award as outstanding junior science preprofessional student in January 2017, and was recently named the recipient of the Department of Preprofessional Studies’ Samuel J. Chmell, M.D., Award, which is given annually to a student who demonstrates a high level of academic achievement, exemplary character and integrity.
Notre Dame's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society inducted its first class ever of students chosen for early admission based on the strength of their academic record through their junior year. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's first honor society, formed in 1776 to promote and advocate excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. It remains the most prestigious of American honor societies, with 286 chapters across the nation. It can claim 17 presidents and 136 Nobel laureates among its members.
For this inaugural class of early inductees, only 12 students were chosen from across campus. Among this group of exceptional young men and women were six students from the Glynn Family Honors Program. Congratulations go out to Michael Foley, Andrew Grose, Katharine Janes, Candice Park, Julia Szromba, and Elizabeth Wildenhain for being members of this inaugural group of elite scholars.
Congratulations to Glynn Family Honors Program seniors Tim Seida and Laura Neis on winning Undergraduate Library Research Awards in the Senior and Honors Thesis category. Tim received First Prize and Laura received an Honorable Mention.
Elsa Barron, a rising sophomore in the Glynn Family Honors Program, received the S.N. Bose Scholarship for study in Bangalore,India, this summer at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). IISc is supported by Winstep Forward and the Indian government via IUSSTF, the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum based at the Fulbright House in New Delhi. Elsa is a biological sciences major, and she will be working on a project considering the role of microtubules and mitochondria in cell division in yeast. She will also be in Nepal for 2 weeks with the Madrasa Discourses Program, a part of Notre Dame's Contending Modernities Project. This project involves discussions with Islamic leaders from Indian and Pakistan on modern advances in technology and thought and how they fit into the Islamic Church.…