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Year abroad helps Italian major develop language skills, discover senior thesis topic, and strengthen connection to family heritage

Year abroad helps Italian major develop language skills, discover senior thesis topic, and strengthen connection to family heritage

Former Nanovic Institute grant recipient Gianna Van Heel’s time studying abroad while at Notre Dame was immersive and comprehensive — the nearly yearlong experience included coursework, research, an internship, and embracing the Italian way of life. She knew it was the best way to truly learn another language. Van Heel, who won...

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2019 Nanovic Senior Awards

2019 Nanovic Senior Awards

Jennifer Yi received the Nanovic Institute Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in European Studies while Christian Brunner-Lopez was awarded the 2019 J. Robert Wegs Prize for the Best Minor in European Studies Capstone Essay.…

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Student Spotlight: Alexandra Tatarian

Student Spotlight: Alexandra Tatarian

Alexandra Tatarian, a senior Science-Business major on the pre-medical track with a minor in Science, Technology, and Values, is passionate about pursuing her interests in the medical humanities. She visited Greece over the winter break with  Institute support to conduct an independent research project entitled "Greek Dealings with Death and the Potential...

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Student Spotlight: Christian Dennis

Student Spotlight: Christian Dennis

When we travel abroad, it's often the case that our loved ones wait anxiously to hear stories from far-away lands and the details of our experiences with new people. As we work closely with students to develop their travel grant and research proposals, we too become part of that family...

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Renowned Film Director Visits the Nanovic

Renowned Film Director Visits the Nanovic

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Wim Wenders screened his most recent film, “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” in the Leighton Concert Hall of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on November 7, 2018. The screening, under the theme of "The Catholic Artistic Heritage: Bringing Forth Treasures New and Old,”...

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Freedom and Its Legacies

Freedom and Its Legacies

Elly Bleier ('20), from "Freedom of Thought," is the daughter of Robert "Rocky" Bleier ('68), captain of the Notre Dame football team in 1967. She recently spent a few minutes with the Institute reflecting on what it was like to grow up with her dad.

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Student Spotlight: Adam Kulam

Student Spotlight: Adam Kulam

As the Barrett Family Endowment awardee for top undergraduate grant proposal, Adam ('19, Economics and English) received funding to conduct research this summer in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is interested in learning more about how the financial recession of 2008 and the strengthening of financial regulation that came after, may or may not have affected the...

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Student Spotlight: Michaela Mahon

Student Spotlight: Michaela Mahon

Over Spring Break, Michaela Mahon (’19) visited Freetown Christiania, a 50-year-old communal settlement in downtown Copenhagen, to learn what happens when people have complete architectural freedom.  Click below to learn more about her research, funded by the Nanovic Institute. …

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Student Spotlight: Matthew Hayes

Student Spotlight: Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes, a senior with a major in Architecture and Concentration in Furniture Design, traveled on a Break Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to compile research for his senior thesis.  He went to a monastery in Belgium this fall to research a design proposal for a monastery and...

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Juniors: Reaching Depths

Juniors: Reaching Depths

Students in their junior year can discover the depth and complexity of European topics or questions that, if explored more fully, could spur them to undertake a substantial senior thesis or final project. The Institute supports many of these students, creating a precedent and incentive for other students to follow....

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Exploration and Next Steps

Exploration and Next Steps

The Institute supports Notre Dame students at every stage of their academic careers, but first experiences abroad can often be tentative and as students settle into major courses of study as sophomores, they can take advantage of Institute opportunities to bring their classroom experiences to life.

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