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.
Dr. Claudia Polini, a distinguished member of the Notre Dame Mathematics faculty, has been appointed the Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Mathematics for a three-year term.
Prof. Polini is a world-renowned scholar in the area of commutative algebra and its interactions with algebraic geometry, having received her PhD from Rutgers University in 1995. Her work uncovers the properties of systems of polynomial equations associated with complex shapes in multi-dimensional spaces. These findings have applications in robotics, statistics and 3D design imaging, to name but a few examples. She also currently serves as the director for the Center of Mathematics at Notre Dame.
Dr. Polini is well known around campus for her impassioned teaching of mathematics, and for her dedication to women in STEM fields. She has advised a number of undergraduate theses in mathematics, several in the Glynn Honors Program. In her new capacity as the Glynn Family Honors Professor, she will oversee and help teach the freshman Glynn math sequence offered every year to Glynn Family Honors students in the College of Arts & Letters, and work with the Glynn program on improving its mathematics offerings across the board.
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.
Glynn Family Honors Scholar Aileen Markovitz, Soprano, will be performing during the informal "Fridays at Noon" concerts that take place in the new O'Neill Hall on February 23, 2018. In addition, Aileen's recital is scheduled for March 3 at 7:00 pm in the LaBar Recital Hall, where she will be accompanied by Elliot Smith on piano. The recital will feature songs by Debussy, Schubert, Boyle, and Mozart. …
One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.