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 go out to Glynn senior Kristin Andrejko for being first author on a review article recently published in the journal Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease. The article, co-authored by Kristin while she was interning at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this past summer, reviews the evidence on the safety of a malaria prophylaxis drug during pregnancy.
Army ROTC cadet blends history and political science research to study causes of human trafficking in home state
Senior Mary Ninneman has been to Thailand, Greece, and Washington, D.C., studying the causes and effects of human trafficking — and those experiences inspired her to further study the issue in the place she knows best. A history and political science major, Army ROTC cadet, and member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, Ninneman’s four years of academic, internship, and international experiences have culminated in a senior thesis analyzing how the issue she’s most passionate about impacts her home state of Nebraska.