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: Ashley Foster

Student Spotlight: Ashley Foster

Does eighteenth-century Reformed Protestantism affect interpretations of the world and actions within it? How do scholars determine such a fact? These questions drove Ashley Foster, a graduate student in the History department, to apply for and receive a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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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: Mary Aloia

Student Spotlight: Mary Aloia

A fatherless and nationless maverick adopted by the Parisian art world, advocate of Cubism and the Surrealist movement, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire has retained his relevance to our times. The approaching centenary of his death has provoked a renewed interest in his work, such as the recent exposition at the...

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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: James Strasburg

Student Spotlight: James Strasburg

James Strasburg, a doctoral candidate in the History department, received a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to explore the intersection of religion and international politics in the postwar reconstruction of Germany. He recently wrote to us about his research:…

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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: Mimi Ensley

Student Spotlight: Mimi Ensley

How did readers experience texts after the coming of the printing press to England in 1476? Mimi Ensley, a doctoral candidate in the department of English received a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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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: Catherine Sims Kuiper

Student Spotlight: Catherine Sims Kuiper

Catherine Kuiper, a doctoral student in Political Science, traveled to Rome with the help of a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant. With her grant funding, she delved into the medieval roots of modern politics by researching Francisco Suárez, one of the last great scholastic philosophers. A near contemporary of the more famous...

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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: Justin Appel

Student Spotlight: Justin Appel

Ēriks Ešenvalds is a rising star in the constellation of 21st-century choral music. Justin Appel, a graduate student in the Sacred Music department, received a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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Student Spotlight: Thomas Meyers

Student Spotlight: Thomas Meyers

Marin Mersenne (1588-1648), a French Franciscan friar, was at the center of a seventeenth-century correspondence network in Europe that included all of the major intellectuals of that time. Thomas J. Meyers, a graduate student in History, received a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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Student Spotlight: Eve Wolynes

Student Spotlight: Eve Wolynes

In fourteenth century Italy, merchants became a class of individuals with a unique mindset and worldview. Eve Wolynes, a doctoral student in the History department, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to travel to Florence to research how the mercantile class was shaped by travel,...

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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: Ana Petrova

Student Spotlight: Ana Petrova

Why do political parties in new democracies build organizations when they arguably do not really need to? Ana Petrova, a graduate student in the Political Science department, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant to travel to Bulgaria and shed some light on this question. Ana recently wrote to us about...

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