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.
Glynn senior Love Osunnuga of Granger, Indiana has been named the Salutatorian of the Class of 2020, the sixth Glynn student to be honored as either valedictorian or salutatorian in the last six years.
In addition to being a Glynn Scholar, Osunnuga is a biology and honors mathematics double major, a Stamps Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She carries a 4.0 grade point average and was named the recipient of the College of Science Dean’s Award and as well as two awards in honors mathematics: the GE Prize and the Robert P. Balles Award.
As an undergraduate, Osunnuga participated in molecular cell biology research, studying Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease in the lab of Professor Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey. Her senior thesis, titled “Role of Von Hippel-Lindau in Tumor Cell Invasion,” focuses on her contributions to the lab’s VHL project.
Her extracurricular activities at Notre Dame included involvement with the Biology Club and the Multicultural Pre-Medical Society and work with the Summer Service Learning Program in Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns. She volunteered with various programs at the University’s Robinson Community Learning Center, and also served as a genetics teaching assistant, a chemistry and math tutor, an ONEXYS coach and an emergency room scribe at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka. She also plays the violin and piano and has worked at Suzuki Music School as a piano accompanist for the past five years.
Osunnuga has been accepted into nine medical schools, including Johns Hopkins, Yale, Northwestern and Columbia, and has chosen to attend the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine as a 21st Century Scholarship recipient.
Congratulations to Love for the well-deserved honor!
The full University press release can be found here: https://www.nd.edu/stories/valedictorian-salutatorian-2020/
[Parts of this article were written by Sue Ryan.]
Phi Beta Kappa Early Inductees
Each spring, the Notre Dame Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honors society in the US, welcomes roughly 100 students into lifetime membership for their achievements throughout their four years of studies in the liberal arts and sciences. But each fall, the chapter recognizes just 12 particularly outstanding students with early induction, recognizing these students as among the very top of their class, based on their achievements both in and out of the classroom. And each year, Glynn Family Honors Program seniors are well represented among both sets of inductees. This year, we are proud to announce that 8 of the 12 early inductees are members of the Glynn Program. Congratulations go out to Kevin Angell (Economics, Political Science), Joseph Cozzi (Physics in Medicine), Robby Gipson (Chemistry), William Huffman (Biochemistry), Noelle Johnson (Physics, Theology), Prathem Juneja (Political Science, Computer Science), Mita Ramani (Economics, Philosophy). and Matthew Schoenbauer (Mathematics, Philosophy) for this well-deserved recognition for their many and varied accomplishments!
It’s not uncommon for a Glynn scholar to get excited when talking about his or her research, but when that research is on the microorganisms living in the human gut, it is still a bit startling. “I have a passion for the microbiome and gastroenterology,” says Mary Catherine Camacho, a junior in the Glynn program and a major in Notre Dame’s Science Pre-Professional program.