An internship at the Vatican. A year abroad at the University of Oxford. A senior thesis on extremist recruiting in the U.S. and the Islamic state. Senior political science and economics major Alex Genord said that each of these academic feats has been made possible by her participation in the University of Notre Dame’s Glynn Family Honors Program.
During the summer of 2014, University of Notre Dame senior Anastasia Wright spent three weeks in Ireland studying the 19th-century astronomer William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse. Lord Rosse is best known for building a 72-inch telescope, the largest in the world until the early 20th century. “He trained his own workers. He built his own forge. I found that really fascinating and that got me wondering why someone like him would be building such a thing at the time,” said Wright, a history major and student in the Glynn Family Honors Program.
Jonathan Jou, a junior biological sciences major in the Glynn Family Honors Program, is the distinguished recipient of a fellowship to perform research this summer at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) in Cambridge, MA. Jou was selected from a highly competitive applicant pool, open to current students at Harvard or any college or university across the United States and internationally, to participate in the HSCI Summer Internship Program (HIP).
Adam Cowden, a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. With the award, he will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge this fall. Cowden is one of only 40 students in the U.S. to receive the prestigious scholarship, from an initial field of approximately 800 applicants.
“One of the great things about philosophy is that we’re able to study a lot of big questions that we kind of take for granted and really look into why we do certain things and does it make sense,” says Ellen Carroll ’13, a philosophy major and philosophy, politics, and economics minor from Portsmouth, R.I.
Alex Coccia, an Africana studies and peace studies major in the University of Notre Dame’s Glynn Family Honors Program, has been named a 2013 Truman Scholar. 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. Nationwide, just 60 to 65 college juniors are selected as Truman scholars each year, based on leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of “making a difference.”
Notre Dame junior Kate Squiers wants to be a doctor—and knows that a broad-based liberal arts education can help her become a great one.
Senior Patrick O’Hayer has co-authored a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience titled, “Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha Is Produced by Dying Retinal Neurons and Is Required for Müller Glia Proliferation during Zebrafish Retinal Regeneration.” The paper was published in the April 10 issue of the journal.
Luke Pardue says he was looking for a “sense of family” when considering which college to attend. He found it at Notre Dame through the John and Barbara Glynn Family Honors program. “The opportunities that the honors program offers—from smaller seminar-style classes to summer research funding—made the opportunity to study at Notre Dame that much more attractive,” says the junior economics major.
As a senior in high school, Allan Joseph did not want to go to Notre Dame. That changed in spring 2009 when Joseph attended Reilly Weekend, an on-campus event for high-achieving students, and was invited to join the John and Barbara Glynn Family Honors Program if he chose to enroll at the University. “The honors program wasn’t a huge factor in my mind at first,” Allan says. “Then I went to Reilly Weekend, got to meet the people in the program, saw the opportunities—and just fell in love with the whole thing.
From a very young age, junior Marielle Hampe loved to read books. Her very first memory, in fact, is of her mother reading her a story on the porch of their house. It wasn’t until after her first year in the Notre Dame’s Glynn Family Honors Program, however, that she realized she wanted to make a career out of reading and writing—and teaching others to do the same.
The University’s world-renowned fencing program brought student-athlete Alex Coccia to Notre Dame. By the end of his freshman year, the junior Africana studies major helped bring fencing around the world—specifically, to a group of schoolchildren in Uganda.
Paul Weithman, professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy, has won the 2012 David and Elaine Spitz Prize for his book Why Political Liberalism? On John Rawls’ Political Turn. Awarded by the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought, the award recognizes the best book in liberal and/or democratic theory published two years earlier.
“I wanted to learn how to think and to challenge my beliefs and to learn about the world, and then learn how to engage that world when I got out of college—that’s what anthropology does,”" says Sarah McGough, a junior anthropology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and a student in the Glynn Family Honors Program.
The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States has selected University of Notre Dame senior MurphyKate Montee as a Churchill Scholar for the 2013-14 academic year. She will use the scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom for her master of advanced studies (part III) in theoretical mathematics with a focus on geometry and topology.
Montee, a mathematics and music (voice) double major in the Glynn Family Honors Program, is one of just 14 students in the United States selected for the scholarship this year. She is only the second student from Notre Dame to receive this prestigious award. Andrew Manion, who was also a double major in mathematics and music, won in 2009.
MurphyKate Montee, a senior honors mathematics and music double major at the University of Notre Dame, has received the 2013 Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, an honor awarded to only one undergraduate woman in the U.S. each year.
As a linguist, artist, semiotician, and interdisciplinary scholar committed to social action, graduating senior Mary Atwood is a Notre Dame original. Drawing on seven weeks of research in Peru, the theology major recently completed a senior thesis that included original oil paintings and English translations of three Inca legends gleaned from interviews with Quechua speakers in Cusco’s central market.
It is widely known that Spanish missionaries played a significant role in introducing Catholicism to the peoples of the Andes throughout the colonial period. Notre Dame senior history major Joseph VanderZee traveled to archives in Lima and Rome to dig a little deeper and find out what these early missionaries thought of the indigenous population—and how their attitudes affected the development of the Peruvian Church.
Researchers in the laboratory of Professor Morten Ring Eskildsen have recently published the first findings on metastability in the superconductor magnesium diboride (MgB2). The paper, “Observation of Well-Ordered Metastable Vortex Lattice Phases in Superconducting MgB2 Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering,” appeared in the April 20 issue of Physical Review Letters. Two of its authors, Tommy O'Brien '10 and Kim Schlesinger '11, were undergraduate researchers who had received support from the Glynn Family Honors Program and the summer REU program at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame political scientist Eileen Hunt Botting has teamed up with a former Ph.D. student and four undergraduates to publish, for the first time, one of the few major histories of the American Revolution written by a woman. And not just any woman.