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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shannon Bugos

Shannon Bugos

Welcome, Shannon Bugos, to our Student Spotlight! Shannon ('16) is a double-major in English and Peace Studies who received a Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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Leah Billion

Leah Billion

Leah Billion ('17), a double-major in The Program of Liberal Studies and Spanish, is new to our Student Spotlight today! She travelled to Athens last summer to conduct research on the ethics of restoration of ancient Greek monuments, compliments of The Snider Family Endowment for Excellence in European Studies. Her Nanovic...

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Vincent Vangaever

Vincent Vangaever

The Nanovic Institute’s Student Spotlight has focused on research a lot lately, but we fund more than just research projects. Vincent Vangaever (’17), a double-major in Finance and Political Science, knows this well. He received The R. Stephen and Ruth Barrett Family Grant in order to complete a summer internship...

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William Holland

William Holland

The first student that we would like to highlight is William Holland ('17). He is a double-major in Political Science and Economics who received a Summer Travel and Research Grant to conduct research on the Hartz labor market reforms in Germany.

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Daniel Barabasi

Daniel Barabasi

Daniel Barabasi ('17) received a Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors for his research in Transylvania, Romania.  Daniel is currently an honors student working on a degree in neuroscience and behavior in the College of Science.  What does neuroscience and behavior have to do with Europe?  

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Madelynn Green

Madelynn Green

Madelynn Green ('15) recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a major in Political Science. She has spent years researching graffiti and street art across Europe, funded in part by Nanovic grants. The last Nanovic grant that she received before graduation was a Senior Travel and Research Grant…...

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Student Spotlight: Emily Mediate

Student Spotlight: Emily Mediate

Emily Mediate '15, a double-major in Africana Studies and Pre-Health received a Nanovic travel and research grant to investigate HIV/AIDS interventions in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Stockholm, Sweden for her senior thesis.…

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Agustin Garcia

Agustin Garcia

Agustin Garcia ('16), a Finance major, received a Nanovic Break Travel and Research Grant for Sophomores and Juniors to research European financial education. In the process, he found an issue that he feels is worth fighting for.

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Prinz Jeremy Llanes Dela Cruz

Prinz Jeremy Llanes Dela Cruz

Prinz Jeremy Llanes Dela Cruz ('15) recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with majors in French and Philosophy. Jeremy has always had a passion for Catholic expressions of spirituality, and so the Nanovic-sponsored research that he has conducted has always addressed different aspects of that. During spring break...

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