Nanovic Institute Welcomes Students Back to Campus

Author: Connor Bran

Notre Dame Students Socially Distanced At Nanovic Institute

As part of Notre Dame’s Welcome Weekend 2020, more than 100 students—while observing mask and social distancing guidelines—connected with the Nanovic Institute in the courtyard of Nanovic Hall for outdoor info sessions on student programming. Whether they expressed interest in research, internship, and service grant opportunities or curricular and social programming, Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal shared insights on how Nanovic can serve students throughout their careers at Notre Dame.

“We were happy to see so many students trek down to Nanovic Hall and express an interest in all that the Institute has to offer,” says Dolezal. “I am excited to get to know the class of 2024 and learn how Nanovic will be able to support their goals and interests in Europe and European Studies.”

Clemens Sedmak, interim director of the Nanvoic Institute and professor of social ethics in the Keough School of Global Affairs, was delighted to see “many smiling faces” at the info sessions.

“It was heartwarming on this already hot weekend to see so many students with a sincere interest in Europe,” says Sedmak. “Their eagerness to identify opportunities for growth and development was topped only by their excitement to be on campus.”

The Nanovic Institute remains committed to the student research experience, even as international travel is currently prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic. A new avenue through which students can meaningfully engage in European studies for fall 2020 is the Institute’s Research Resources Grant, which supplies students with the materials needed to complete research “in” Europe and advance their European studies goals.

“We are here to serve!” enthuses Sedmak. “I am sure that we will see more of these students, and others, in the weeks to come.”

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame is committed to enriching the intellectual culture of Notre Dame by creating an interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe. The Institute is an integral part of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs.