University of Notre Dame junior Prathm Juneja has been named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Newman Civic Fellows actively address issues of inequality and political polarization and demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement. The fellowship lasts one year and provides training and resources that help students develop innovative and collaborative strategies for social change. The Fellowship was created to honor the legacy of education leader Frank Newman.…
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.
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.…
The summer after his sophomore year, Notre Dame senior J.P. Bruno was packaging maple syrup, taking care of honeybees, and tending to an orchard on a biodynamic farm in Vermont. Three weeks later, he was sitting in the White House, interning for the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) as part of a semester in the Notre Dame Washington Program. These contrasting experiences provided Bruno, an economics and applied and computational mathematics and statistics (ACMS) major, with an assortment of skills that eventually led him to developing his senior thesis and receiving a job offer in economic consulting at the beginning of his senior year.
Notre Dame seniors John Haley and Julia Szromba see documentaries as a powerful tool — to change policy, to change laws, and to change minds. The two film, television, and theatre (FTT) majors’ recently completed Respectfully, Tony, a short documentary that shines a light on the U.S.’s mass incarceration problem and challenges people to rethink their opinions of the death penalty. The film has now been selected for multiple film festivals across the country.
Seven students were recognized at the 31st annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on April 10.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the winners of the 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Overall, 15 Notre Dame students, affiliates, and alumni won the prestigious award. Among this decorated cohort are five current College of Science undergraduate and graduate students and four alumni.
The fellowship was designed to recognize and support outstanding graduate students for three years of study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) who are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in the United States.
The award is given to students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community engagement.
Junior Physics and Math double major Michael Foley was awarded the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award medal for his presentation at the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present posters at AAS meetings.
Notre Dame junior Katie Portman spent summer 2015 doing archaeological fieldwork while living on the M.V. Pitsiulak, a 50-foot longliner, off the coast of subarctic Canada. Despite weather issues, engine malfunctions, and permit-related delays, the experience caused her to fall in love with—and major in—anthropology. Since then, her research pursuits have taken her to Washington, D.C.; Canada; Ireland; and Russia, for projects including excavation of a medieval Christian pilgrimage site and a study of skeletons of monks from Byzantine Jerusalem.
Watkins, a native of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Doyle, of Los Altos, California, are two of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 882 candidates who had been endorsed by their colleges and universities. They are Notre Dame’s 18th and 19th Rhodes Scholars and will commence their studies at Oxford University in October.
Many Americans have expressed their displeasure at the ugly tone of this year’s unusual presidential election. Prathm Juneja, a University of Notre Dame sophomore studying political science and computer science, and his peers have been working to counteract this tone by encouraging civic discourse at their universities.…
Notre Dame theology major John “Jake” Grefenstette ’16 has been named a Yenching Scholar at Peking University in Beijing. The globally competitive award provides Grefenstette with a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies. He is one of just 125 students—from 40 countries and more than 80 universities worldwide—to join the second cohort of Yenching Scholars.
John Grefenstette has been awarded the Yenching Scholarship, one of two new international scholarships China has created based on the Rhodes/Gates-Cambridge models. John will be studying on the “Philosophy and Religion” track at the Yenching Academy at Peking University in the fall. The Academy offers a residential program with the goal of creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of China's top university. Such close proximity to the academic infrastructure of Peking University creates a unique opportunity to participate and fully immerse oneself in the life of the university. http://yenchingacademy.org/scholarship…
Abby Davis, a political science major from Avon Lake, Ohio, has been named valedictorian of the 2016 University of Notre Dame graduating class. A member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Davis is also a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and has a 3.99 cumulative grade point average. She will graduate with minors in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) and Russian.
Two juniors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, Caleb “C.J.” Pine and Christa Grace Watkins, have been named 2016 Truman Scholars. Established in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the prestigious scholarship includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government.
Written by Bianca Almada '16, Hannah Storm Journalism Intern and Glynn Family Honors Program Scholar
Anne Hamilton "04 did not always know she wanted to be a filmmaker. “I went to Notre Dame wanting to be a philosophy professor. That was my life plan,” Hamilton said with a chuckle.
“Studying Chinese opens the doors to different ways of thinking,” said junior John Fox. “It helped a lot to be able to come here and study abroad this summer and to experience such a great city.” Fox was one of several Notre Dame students to participate in the 2015 China Summer Language Program through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters. Students honed their Chinese language skills at Peking University in Beijing, both in the classroom and one-on-one with an instructor. Students in the program typically advance the equivalent of one full year of study in just eight weeks.
The decline in the fluidity, or dynamism, of the U.S. labor market has been occurring along a number of dimensions — including the rate of job-to-job transition, hires and separations, and geographic movement across labor markets — since at least the 1980s, and these declines are all related, according to a new paper to be presented next week at the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity. Less fluidity in the labor market leads to fewer opportunities for workers to renegotiate their current position or change jobs and thus may have important implications for the macro economy in general, including on productivity.
Kendra Reiser (class of 2015, psychology) spent her senior year of high school applying for colleges where she could find a home, a family. A place that she could return to in the decades following graduation and feel just as connected as she did when she first arrived as a freshman.
Notre Dame economics major Melanie Wallskog walked into her professor’s office hours with a question. She walked out with a job. That simple act of reaching out to a professor led to research opportunities in Nicaragua, Ireland, and Chicago. The senior from Bloomington, Indiana, and Glynn Family Honors Scholar has now co-authored a paper with two of her professors and is working on her senior thesis.
Prathm Juneja is a first-year Glynn Honors student studying political science and computer science. His passion for politics is centered on the principle of increasing civic engagement and, as a result, he is doing research on voter turnout rates and political apathy in the United States and abroad. Over his first winter break, Prathm wrote an opinion piece to point out the flaws in the system and also to encourage people to vote. The Huffington Post published Prathm's piece and also gave him blogging privileges for the website.
Notre Dame sophomore Olivia May has been interested in classical cultures for a long time. This past summer she was able to experience one in a new way—by physically sifting through its remains. The Wisconsin native received an award from the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission to study in Northern Britain, including two weeks digging at the site of an ancient Roman fort, helping to uncover evidence of the Roman Empire’s influence in England.
Eileen Hunt Botting’s Glynn Family Honors Program students have suggested, only half jokingly, that had someone only given Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creature a hug, a lot of violence and tragedy could have been avoided. Botting, an associate professor of political science, has come to believe those students aren’t far from Shelley’s main point—that so much can go wrong when society shirks its responsibilities for its most vulnerable citizens. She will get to elaborate on that theory over the course of a year thanks to an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship supporting her book project, Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.
“Everything comes from classics. It offers a lot of different paths and a lot of interesting things to pursue,” said Brian Credo ’15, a classics major in the College of Arts and Letters.