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Sharia Smith

Sharia Smith

In Northern Ireland’s Post Conflict Era, relations between both the loyalist and republican communities and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have been complicated by historical grievances, remaining tensions, and the general challenges of the transition from war to peace. Sharia Smith (‘16), a double-major in Anthropology and Peace Studies,...

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Meet Major Seán Cotter '15 (Video)

Meet Major Seán Cotter '15 (Video)

Majors in art history gain a broad understanding of Western art along with opportunities for in-depth examination of particular periods, such as ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and modern art. “There’s something I really love about the challenge that comes with the unexplored,” said Cotter. “I love the tradition that can emerge...

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Three Notre Dame Faculty Receive Fellowships from National Endowment for the Humanities

Three Notre Dame Faculty Receive Fellowships from National Endowment for the Humanities

Three faculty from the University of Notre Dame received fellowships this week from the National Endowment for the Humanities, continuing the University’s record success winning support for humanities research. Receiving the grants are Nanovic Fellow Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French; Amy Mulligan, an assistant professor of Irish language and literature;...

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Jack Assaf

Jack Assaf

Roman engineering is famous for utilizing simple concepts to create beautiful constructions. Jack Assaf (’17), a Mechanical Engineering major, received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors…

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Daniel Barabasi and Claire Alexander

Daniel Barabasi and Claire Alexander

The Nanovic Institute sent an undergraduate collaborative research partnership to Hungary and Romania last fall break to research support programs for underprivileged and marginalized children. Daniel Barabasi ('17), a double-major in  Neuroscience & Behavior and Advanced Physics, has a personal stake in his research: he has strong personal, familial, and linguistic...

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Vincent Vangaever

Vincent Vangaever

Let's welcome Vince Vangaever ('17) back to the Student Spotlight! Vince, a double-major in Finance and Political Science, received a grant from the Nanovic Institute to intern at the Dutch Development Bank in the Netherlands last summer. While there, he was exposed to the Dutch perspective on the Greek economic crisis....

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Cristina Bordeaux

Cristina Bordeaux

The Nanovic Institute funded quite a number of students to conduct research in Europe over fall break, and they did some amazing work! One of those students is Cristina Bordeaux ('16), an International Economics major who received a Senior Travel and Research Grant…

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Nanovic Institute explores Cold War with film screening, NHL alumni

Nanovic Institute explores Cold War with film screening, NHL alumni

On Dec. 10­-11, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame presented “Elite Athletes and the Cold War,” a series of events that will bring former NHL players to campus to explore how professional athletes from the former Soviet bloc experienced the political contest of the...

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Ivan Carballude

Ivan Carballude

Ivan Carballude ('18), a double-major in History and Economics, is the last of our summer Student Spotlights. The fact that it took us until December to get through the best of our summer grant recipients is a wonderful testiment to our students! Ivan received the Pessoa Grant for Advanced Language...

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Migration, Housing, Borders

Migration, Housing, Borders

Physical conditions are often staggeringly bad in Europe’s “tent cities,” which are intended to house migrants and asylum seekers. Can they be improved in the short term? In the longer term, how might European countries re-imagine their border towns in order to deal more humanely with the ongoing realities of mass...

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Matthew O'Neill

Matthew O'Neill

The story of a young man traveling far from home to find an elixir of gold seems like something straight out of a fairy tale, but it's the true story of Matthew O'Neill ('17). Matthew, a biochemistry major, received a European Internship and Service Grant…

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Alli Barry

Alli Barry

Allison (Alli) Barry ('17), a Political Science major, went into her internship with the United States Mission to the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with a number of definite goals in mind. With the help of The Dr. Charles C. Price Memorial Fund for East-Central European Studies,…...

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Alexandria Williamson

Alexandria Williamson

The Nanovic Institute's European Internship and Service Grant is awarded for a variety of undergraduate opportunities, but not often for an artist-in-residence position in Wales. That, however, is exactly what Alexandria Williamson wanted to do with her summer! Alexandria ('16), a Studio Art major, spent seven weeks in an artist-in-residence community...

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Alumni Spotlight: Kathleen Brennan

Alumni Spotlight: Kathleen Brennan

Kathleen (Katie) Brennan, was a major in sociology and a recipient of Summer Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute during the 2012-13 academic year for her project “Effects of the Troubles on Belfast's Youth.”  After graduating the University of Notre Dame in 2015, Katie was accepted into the Conflict...

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Jingting (Lily) Kang

Jingting (Lily) Kang

Let's welcome Jingting (Lily) Kang back to the Student Spotlight! Lily ('16), a double-major in IT Management and Sociology, has always had a burning passion for entrepeneurship, and has received several Nanovic grants to conduct research on entrepeneurship education in Switzerland. Last summer, she received the Vill Family Endowment for...

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Olivia Bratton

Olivia Bratton

Olivia Bratton ('16) has expressed so much of what the Nanovic Institute is all about: "I would like to thank the Nanovic Insitute for European Studies for this opportunity to work, study, and live not just in the context of my ideas about places, cultures, and traditions, but in the places, cultures,...

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Grace Maginn

Grace Maginn

How does the experience of conducting independent research benefit undergraduate students? They gather information for senior theses and capstone projects, of course. Just as importantly, though, they get the time that they need to learn how to conduct independent research. This was the experience of Grace Maginn ('16), a history major and...

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Roman Gusdorf

Roman Gusdorf

Who wants to go to Siberia for the summer? Roman Gusdorf did! Roman ('17) is a double-major in Science-Business and Russian who received The Pushkin Grant for Advanced Language Training in Russian…

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Thomas Lis

Thomas Lis

Welcome, Thomas Lis, to our Student Spotlight! Thomas ('16) is a double-major in History and Economics and a Minor in European Studies who received the Katie Murphy McMahon Grant for Russian and East-Central European Studies to conduct archival research in France and Poland last summer. Ultimately, he is working toward the completion of...

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Caitlin O'Connor

Caitlin O'Connor

Every year, as the staff of the Nanovic Institute and a selection of our faculty fellows review our Summer Travel and Research Grant applications, we choose one student to receive a special award: The R. Stephen and Ruth Barrett Family Grant for Best Undergraduate Research Proposal. …

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Grace Linczer

Grace Linczer

The current refugee crisis in Europe has been at the forefront of our thinking at the Nanovic Institute. On November 12, we are hosting a lunch time-lecture and discussion with Herbert Quelle, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, on Reunification and Refugees: Germany Looks Back and Ahead…

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Dana Townsend

Dana Townsend

Dana Townsend, a graduate student in Peace Studies and Psychology, is new to the Student Spotlight today! Dana received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant to travel to Ireland last summer to conduct research on the impact of political violence on youth development in Ireland. Not only did her summer advance...

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Scott Copeland

Scott Copeland

Sometimes research requires sweat and perseverence. This was certainly Scott Copeland's experience. Scott ('16) is a Sociology major who received a Summer Travel and Research Grant …

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Maria Giulia Genghini

Maria Giulia Genghini

Maria Giulia Genghini is a graduate student in the Ph.D. in Literature program who received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant to conduct archival research in Rome. Since the Nanovic Institute has sent her to Rome before, this trip consisted in conducting in-depth analysis of the materials that she located...

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Elle Newcome

Elle Newcome

Elle Newcome ('16) is a double-major in Pre-Health and Spanish with a minor in Poverty Studies who received a European Internship and Service Grant to live and serve at Casa de Acogida para Madres Gestantes…

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Adam Foley

Adam Foley

The Nanovic Institute once again sent a student to Europe to conduct archival research, only to have him find something new! Adam Foley is a doctoral student in the department of history who received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant…

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European Studies and the Library

European Studies and the Library

Libraries and their acquisitions give established and aspiring scholars in European studies the opportunity to assess and reflect on new materials for research.

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Chris Lattimer

Chris Lattimer

Chris Lattimer ('16) is an Architecture major who received a Summer Travel and Research Grant  to travel to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia to conduct research. His research led him to critique modern architectural methods and to study more traditional ones which represent a sustainable and harmonious relationship with nature and reflect...

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Alumni Spotlight: John Hennessey

Alumni Spotlight: John Hennessey

..."the Nanovic undergraduate research grant that I received had both short and long-term benefits for me: it helped me tremendously with the research for my senior thesis and gave me very important experience for a possible future academic career."

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