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Student Spotlight: Moira Hamilton

Student Spotlight: Moira Hamilton

Only travelling across a major ocean could reveal the immense richness of France’s culture and history—as a Film and American Studies double major, Moira Hamilton (‘17) at times found herself narrowing her worldview to the happenings of the continental United States.  Her internship with Col. Peter Herrly’s Blue Line Films...

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Student Spotlight: Nicholas Courtney

Student Spotlight: Nicholas Courtney

The “refugee crisis” is a term used in everyday political discourse to depict the disorder and lawlessness at Europe’s borders. Nick Courtney (’18), a double-major in Accounting and Applied Math, received The Snider Family Endowment for Excellence in European Studies …

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Student Spotlight: Cornelius McGrath

Student Spotlight: Cornelius McGrath

The United States has stolen Europe’s crown for the best entrepreneurial ecosystem. Cornelius McGrath ('17), a double-major in Economics and Psychology, received the Katie Murphy McMahon Grant for Russian and East-Central European Studies to find out how his home continent could win back one of the world's most prized possessions. Cornelius recently wrote to...

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Student Spotlight: Connor Bagwell

Student Spotlight: Connor Bagwell

Connor Bagwell ('17), a double major in Finance and Physics, received a special grant reserved for a member of the Notre Dame ROTC. This grant allows students to work for retired US Army Colonel (and Notre Dame alumnus) Peter Herrly. Thus Connor traveled to Paris to learn from and work with the...

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Student Spotlight: Hannah Herbst

Student Spotlight: Hannah Herbst

Hannah Herbst ('17), a History major, received The Dr. Charles C. Price Memorial Fund for East-Central European Studies from the Nanovic Institute to conduct research in Germany on German aerial aces. The trip inspired her creativity. She recently wrote to us about her experience:…

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Student Spotlight: Petra Rantanen

Student Spotlight: Petra Rantanen

Hospice is almost always associated with imminent death—but it might not have to be that way. Petra Rantanen ('17), a double-major in Sociology and Pre-Health Studies, received The Vill Family Endowment for Excellence in the Nanovic Institute to travel to the UK to investigate the meanings people attach to hospice in light...

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Student Spotlight: Lucy Jones

Student Spotlight: Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones ('18) received The Pessoa Grant for Advanced Language Training in Portuguese, allowing her to travel to Lisbon last summer to improve her language skills and to immerse herself in Portuguese culture. Lucy recently wrote to us about her experience:…

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Student Spotlight: Leslie Omeeboh

Student Spotlight: Leslie Omeeboh

Congratulations to Leslie Omeeboh ('18), the winner of The R. Stephen and Ruth Barrett Family Grant for Best Undergraduate Travel & Research Proposal! Leslie--a triple-major in Neuroscience & Behavior, Pre-Health Studies, and French--used her grant award to travel to London last summer to study the legacy and development of healthcare in British...

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Student Spotlight: Michael McRoskey

Student Spotlight: Michael McRoskey

Refugees are people, not a crisis. Michael McRoskey ('18), a Computer Science major, received a Summer Travel and Research Grant to experience and research the refugee crisis in Europe first-hand. While there, he encountered Europe’s refugees and the people who welcome them on the shores, in the camps, and within the cities....

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Student Spotlight: Cecelia Barry

Student Spotlight: Cecelia Barry

Dystroglycanopathy, a lesser known but highly severe and specific type of muscular dystrophy, has affected a large portion of the world population. Cecelia Barry (’18), a Neuroscience & Behavior major, received a European Internship and Service Grant…

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Student Spotlight: Alexandra Fedynsky

Student Spotlight: Alexandra Fedynsky

Alexandra Fedynsky ('17), a triple major in Anthropology, French, and Spanish, received The Herrly Internship in Paris Grant from the Nanovic Institute. This grant, awarded to one student each summer, allows students to work for retired US Army Colonel (and Notre Dame alumnus) Peter Herrly. Thus, after spending a year abroad in...

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Student Spotlight: Matthew Ross

Student Spotlight: Matthew Ross

Embassies are more than just passports, right?  Matthew Ross (‘18), a double-major in International Economics and Applied & Computational Mathematics & Statistics, received a European Internship and Service Grant to experience life as a Foreign Service Officer in Florence, Italy.

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Student Spotlight: Ruslan Lucero

Student Spotlight: Ruslan Lucero

Ruslan Lucero ('17), a double-major in Economics and Russian, received The Pushkin Grant for Advanced Language Training in Russian to travel to Russia to participate in language training and an internship. While there, he was transformed. Ruslan recently wrote to us about his experience:…

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Student Spotlight: Randi McQueen

Student Spotlight: Randi McQueen

Miranda (Randi) McQueen ('18), an Architecture major, received a European Internship and Service Grant from the Nanovic Institute to intern with ARCAS in Paris. ARCAS is an architecture firm that specializes in urban schemes, residential units, and renovations of historic buildings in Paris and beyond. The firm has designed a myriad of...

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Student Spotlight: Caitlin Chartier and Dylan Reed

Student Spotlight: Caitlin Chartier and Dylan Reed

What are the stave churches and why are they significant to the cultural heritage of Norway?  What insight can they provide into the history of wood construction in Northern Europe?  Through traveling to two of the oldest wooden churches in the world through the Nanovic Institute's Summer Travel and Research...

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Student Spotlight: Laura Machado

Student Spotlight: Laura Machado

Education was used to form a particular national identity for the people of Portugal during the fascist regime under dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar. Laura Machado (’17), a double-major in Psychology and English, received a Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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Student Spotlight: Brittany Ebeling

Student Spotlight: Brittany Ebeling

Walking the streets of Southern Spain in the heart of the Semana Santa, or Holy Week, the task of studying migrants’ economic and social positioning within Spanish society seemed to take on heightened meaning and contrast for Brittany Ebeling ('17), a double-major in International Economics and Peace Studies. Brittany received a...

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Student Spotlight: Alivia Zhou

Student Spotlight: Alivia Zhou

The European Court of Justice (ECJ), since its founding, has been entrusted with the heady task of integrating the national legal systems of all of the European Union member states and demoting their national courts to a junior court role. In this way, the ECJ is able to uniformly and...

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Student Spotlight: Luke Donahue

Student Spotlight: Luke Donahue

Who is Mary, and what does she mean for us? How has her role developed over time? Luke Donahue ('17) received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors to examine these questions by going back in time to a small but noteworthy cloister in medieval Germany. Luke recently...

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Student Spotlight: Nikhil Garg

Student Spotlight: Nikhil Garg

In the last seven years Greece has garnered impressive negative international media attention on account of its prominent role in the making of the Eurozone Crisis. While a vast majority of existing literature focuses on the raw numbers, Nikhil Garg ('18) contests that studying the Crisis through the lens of Greece’s cultural and historical...

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Student Spotlight: Bridget Rickard

Student Spotlight: Bridget Rickard

Living a life on the margins of society is an unfortunate reality for many forcibly displaced persons.  Bridget Rickard ('18), a double-major in Philosophy and Peace Studies, received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors to travel to Germany to explore the following question: What are German scholars, as...

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Student Spotlight: Jon Rydburg

Student Spotlight: Jon Rydburg

The UK has one of the worst re-incarceration rates in the world, an issue that carries enormous human and financial costs.  Through interviews with social enterprises in the London area, Jon Rydburg ('17), a Finance major, spent his spring break exploring how employment can be found for formerly incarcerated individuals to...

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Notre Dame Day 2016: The Nanovic Impact

Notre Dame Day 2016: The Nanovic Impact

Five current students and young alumni share their #thanksNanovic stories on how the Nanovic Institute has made an impact on their college experience and beyond for Notre Dame Day.

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Notre Dame Day Spotlight: Steven Fisher '16

Notre Dame Day Spotlight: Steven Fisher '16

Steven Fisher '16, a major in Political Science and International Peace Studies with a Minor in Theology, recieved the 2015 Notre Dame Day Grant to for research and travel to Europe over the fall academic break.  Steven comments about how this grant and his other opportunities through the Nanovic have impacted...

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Student Spotlight: Christopher Lembo

Student Spotlight: Christopher Lembo

Christopher Lembo ('19), a double major in International Economics and Applied & Computational Mathematics & Statistics (ACMS), received an FYS Spring Break Travel and Research Grant to travel to Bavaria, a region in Southern Germany, to investigate ways in which areas within this state have worked on social integration and refugee resettlement. There are...

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Student Spotlight: Alexis Doyle

Student Spotlight: Alexis Doyle

As a future doctor interested in health policy, Alexis Doyle (’17), a double-major in Biological Sciences and International Peace Studies, received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors to learn about the health care systems of both England and Spain over the course of seven days through speaking with...

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Student Spotlight: Justin Pizzimenti

Student Spotlight: Justin Pizzimenti

The Pope is universally known as the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion members, but does his influence extend beyond religious affairs? Using Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis as case studies, Justin Pizzimenti (‘17), a double-major in Political Science and Psychology, used his...

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Student Spotlight: Chris Lattimer

Student Spotlight: Chris Lattimer

Brick architecture in Northern Germany presents the evolution of Romanesque architecture to the Gothic. This transition includes interesting examples of French Gothic cathedral precedents adapted to the use of brick. Chris Lattimer ('16), an Architecture major, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to travel to Germany to research this transition....

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Student Spotlight: Antonia Schreier

Student Spotlight: Antonia Schreier

What comparisons can be drawn between the Madinat-al-Zahra and Alhambra palace complexes in their relationships between architecture, garden, and landscape? Antonia Schreier (‘16) received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to investigate their differing impacts on the Iberian Peninsula. Antonia recently wrote to us about her experience:

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