The Demonstrable Impact

Author: Jennifer Lechtanski

The 2016-17 academic year marks the 15th year the Nanovic Institute has provided grants for Notre Dame students to pursue research, internships, service, and language training in Europe.  The Institute noticed a recent trend: an increasing number of students who received external funding also received funding from the Nanovic Institute.  In the last year, almost one-quarter of students receiving funding from the Fulbright Program received Nanovic grants during their time at Notre Dame.


Awards Students All White


The Nanovic Institute Winter research grant was absolutely essential in my research. While on my Nanovic grant, I worked with 10 different manuscripts and over 500 pages of primary source material. For my final research in my honors thesis, I identified approximately 50 of these pages to work with more in-depth. If not for the funding from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, I never would have been able to locate and work with the manuscript prayers on which I ultimately wrote my thesis. Thank you very much to the Nanovic Institute for European Studies for the generous funding! 

Luke Donahue '17
German and Theology
Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Study & Research in Germany
Undergraduate Library Research Award - Honorable mention for senior/honors thesis

U.S. - U.K. Fulbright Commission Summer Institute Scholarship

Benjamin Fouch, finance and political science and Kellogg International Scholar, Brownsburg, Indiana;

Jacqueline Wilson, IT management, political science, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Fulbright U.S. Student Programs

Sara Abdel-Rahim, political science, Class of 2017 — study and research grant to Greece.

Daniel Barabasi, physics, Class of 2017 — study and research grant to Hungary.

Luke Donahue, theology and German, Class of 2017 — study and research grant to Germany. 

Madeline Hahn, sociology and Spanish, Class of 2016 — English teaching assistantship to Spain.

Stephen Long, theology graduate student — study and research grant to Germany.

Grace Maginn, history, Class of 2016 — English teaching assistantship to Argentina.

Matthew O’Neill, biochemistry, Class of 2017 — study and research grant to Germany.

Peter Stankiewicz, biochemistry and Russian, Class of 2017 — English teaching assistantship to Russia.

Dolores Vargas, psychology and German, Class of 2017 — English teaching assistantship to Germany.

Other Awards and scholarships

Alexis Doyle; biological sciences and international peace studies, Rhodes Scholar

Theresa Rinaldo, Arabic and peace studies, Boren Scholarship