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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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Student Spotlight: Thomas Lis

Student Spotlight: Thomas Lis

How does an ethnic minority manage to establish control over a larger populace? History major Thomas Lis ('16) received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to travel to L'viv over spring break to study Polish-Ukrainian ethnic relations in the aftermath of World War I. Thomas recently wrote to us about his...

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Student Spotlight: Greg Young

Student Spotlight: Greg Young

It’s not actually difficult to find a person who thinks architecture should fit the place it’s situated in, and not simply be the most individually expressive building possible. Greg Young ('16), an Architecture major, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant  to research what the architectural style for a Roman Catholic cathedral...

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Student Spotlight: Francesco Tassi

Student Spotlight: Francesco Tassi

It is not a question whether individuals impacted by flight and migration can be of benefit to Germany, but whether Germany successfully facilitates them to be. Francesco Tassi (’18), a double-major in International Economics and Peace Studies, received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors to travel to Germany to...

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Student Spotlight: Colleen Marshall

Student Spotlight: Colleen Marshall

The interplay of enlightenment-guided religious tolerance and Presbyterian fundamentalism came to a head in the violent Scottish anti-Catholic riots in 1779. Colleen Marshall (’16), a double-major in History and Pre-Professional Studies, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant  to travel to Aberdeen and investigate the interplay of political expediency and fundamental religious differences...

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Student Spotlight: Angelica Inclan

Student Spotlight: Angelica Inclan

On May 1st, 1937, 4,000 children between the ages of five and sixteen escaped from Bilbao, Spain on the S.S. Habana on a journey to Southampton, United Kingdom. These children--dubbed the "Basque children"--were under the threat of attack by General Francisco Franco's forces during the Spanish Civil War. Angelica Inclan...

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Student Spotlight: Marissa Geiser

Student Spotlight: Marissa Geiser

Marissa Geiser (‘16) is an Architecture major who received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to travel to the United Kingdom. While there, she retraced the roots of the Victorian movement in England and Scotland to better understand its underlying design principles and the way this beloved architectural character responded to the political and...

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Student Spotlight: Alexander Preudhomme

Student Spotlight: Alexander Preudhomme

In a hostile environment such as Reykjavík, Iceland, traditional and sustainable architecture used to be an essential aspect of building designs. Through a trip to Iceland courtesy of a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors, Alexander Preudhomme (’18) from the School of Architecture sought out when and why the capital...

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Student Spotlight: Kelly Marous

Student Spotlight: Kelly Marous

How can national embarrassment result in renowned cultural institutions? Kelly Marous (’16), a double-major in Political Science and French & Francophone Studies, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to explore the German Occupation’s role as a catalyst in promoting French cinematic cultural exception. Kelly recently wrote to us about her...

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Sara Abdel-Rahim

Sara Abdel-Rahim

When Sara Abdel-Rahim ('17), a double-major in Political Science and Arabic, received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors to travel to Italy over winter break, she hoped to gain an understanding of immigration in Italy. During the course of her research, she also gained perspective, emotional as well as...

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Monika Spalinski

Monika Spalinski

There are many differences between German and American universities, yet both educational systems have the potential to learn and benefit greatly from each another. Monika Spalinski (’16), a double-major in Spanish and German, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to explore this topic further through her research in Germany. Monika recently...

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Caitlin O'Connor

Caitlin O'Connor

Good research begets good research. Caitlin O'Connor ('16), a History major, received a Summer Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to conduct thesis research in London last summer. Her summer trip created further questions and areas for exploration for Caitlin, though, and so she applied for and received...

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Greg Young

Greg Young

Many people did and do believe that the expressive capacity of the classical tradition in all arts has been exhausted. Greg Young ('16), an Architecture major, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to research the confluence of meaning--primarily around ecclesiastical architecture in Sicily--in preparation for his thesis. Greg recently wrote to us...

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Steffany Ibanez

Steffany Ibanez

Let's welcome Steffany Ibañez ('16) to the Student Spotlight! Steffany, an Information Technology Management major, received a Senior Travel and Research Grant to travel to France over winter break to conduct research on France's IT environment. While there, she conducted research at La Bibliothèque Municipale d'Angers, and she conducted interviews of...

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Rachel Ganson

Rachel Ganson

This opportunity through the Nanovic Institute provided me a platform to develop my understanding of fishing in the Mediterranean, but also offered focus on the issues as they pertain to Italy in particular. After this initial research venture, I determined I want to focus my senior thesis on international cooperation...

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Nikhil Garg

Nikhil Garg

Spain, for the first time in its democratic political history, will be governed by a coalition government. Nikhil Garg ('18), received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors…

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Olivia Till

Olivia Till

Large waves of immigrants helped the Spanish economy prosper after the fall of the Franco regime in 1978. Olivia Till (’17), a Political Science major, received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors…

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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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