Student Profile Archive

Senior Prathm Juneja named 2019 Truman Scholar

Notre Dame senior Prathm Juneja, of South Bend, Indiana, has been named a 2019 Truman Scholar. Juneja is among 62 students—mostly juniors but also seniors in five-year degree programs—selected for the honor from a pool of 840 candidates from 346 colleges and universities nationwide.

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Notre Dame team wins ACC Debate Championship

Two members of the University of Notre Dame Debate Team — freshman Patrick Aimone and sophomore Conrad Palor — took first place Saturday (April 6) in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Debate Championship in Washington, D.C.

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For anthropology major Grace Garvey, exploring other disciplines is key to research success

Grace Garvey’s academic curiosity isn’t confined to one subject area. Her interest in human migration manifests in all sorts of different disciplines. She’s an anthropology major who is working closely with an American studies professor on her senior thesis. For her capstone project in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service, she partnered with an economics major. And her coursework while studying abroad in Ireland focused on global perspectives on migration and archaeology. “The world isn't just one discipline — it's a nexus of all these different studies,” she said. “So a liberal arts education is more realistic to the type of knowledge that you need to have moving forward when you graduate.”

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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.

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Glynn Senior Sofia Carozza Named 2019 Marshall Scholar

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Congratulations to Sofia Carozza, a senior in the Glynn Family Honors Program, for having been named one of Notre Dame’s two 2019 Marshall Scholars! Carozza, of South Bend, Indiana, will study neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. She is one of 10 Notre Dame students awarded one of the prestigious open-discipline British scholarships — Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Gates Cambridge — since 2013.

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Glynn Scholars Win Library Research Awards

Congratulations to Glynn Family Honors Program seniors Tim Seida and Laura Neis on winning Undergraduate Library Research Awards in the Senior and Honors Thesis category. Tim received First Prize and Laura received an Honorable Mention.

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Elsa Barron Receives the S.N. Bose Scholarship

Elsa Barron, a rising sophomore in the Glynn Family Honors Program, received the S.N. Bose Scholarship for study in Bangalore,India, this summer at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). IISc is supported by Winstep Forward and the Indian government via IUSSTF, the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum based at the Fulbright House in New Delhi. Elsa is a biological sciences major, and she will be working on a project considering the role of microtubules and mitochondria in cell division in yeast. She will also be in Nepal for 2 weeks with the Madrasa Discourses Program, a part of Notre Dame's Contending Modernities Project. This project involves discussions with Islamic leaders from Indian and Pakistan on modern advances in technology and thought and how they fit into the Islamic Church.…

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Glynn Scholar Marissa Lucht to Present at TEDxUND 2018

TEDxUND 2018 is designed both to spread great ideas in the mission of TED and to showcase the ideas and talents of the Notre Dame community. Glynn Senior and Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics major Marissa Lucht will be one of the presenters on April 28, keeping with the TED mission to “foster learning, inspiration, and wonder” and our TEDxUND 2018 theme: "Dare to…” …

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Notre Dame junior named 2018 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact

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.…

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Glynn Scholar, Aileen Markovitz, Upcoming Concerts

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. …

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How a philosophy major developed a passion for researching women’s rights in Latin America 

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.

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How work on a maple syrup farm, at the White House, and in the classroom prepared J.P. Bruno for a career in economic consulting

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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.

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FTT majors use film to bring criminal justice issues to light

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.

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Michael Foley wins Chambliss medal from AAS

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.

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Anthropology major's research takes her around the world

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.

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Notre Dame’s Grace Watkins and Alexis Doyle named Rhodes Scholars

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.

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Theology major Jake Grefenstette ’16 spending year in Beijing through prestigious Yenching Scholar program

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.

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Glynn Scholar Caleb Pine One of Two Juniors Named Truman Scholars

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.

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Economics Major Finds Abundant Research Opportunities at Notre Dame

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.

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Glynn Student Prathm Juneja Publishes Article on Voter Turnout in Huffington Post

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.

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