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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.
Laura Qi '19, an international economics major with a minor in European Studies, investigates France outside of Paris through a Nanovic research and travel grant.…
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...
Joan Becker (class of '19, PLS major) traveled to France, Germany, and Belgium to conduct research for the hand-bound, illustrated book she plans to craft for her senior project.
Cornelius McGrath, class of 2017, talks about his experience with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Continue watching Cornelius McGrath on his entrepreneurial path on his YouTube, LinkedIn, or Twitter…
Alexandra Tatarian is a junior pre-med student with a passion for poetry. She traveled to Ireland to learn how to use poetry to better inform the public about science and medicine.
María Inés Aranguren, a senior computer science major, competed in a Vatican City "hackathon" aimed at solving global problems with technological innovation.
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. …
The British brutally suppressed insurgencies in Kenya and Malaya during the disintegration of the empire, Dan DeToro (’17), investigates the economic rationale behind the counterinsurgency campaigns in both territories.
An international economics major with a concentration in French and a supplementary major in peace studies, Brittany Ebeling has been named the 2018 Michel David-Weill Laureate, allowing her to pursue a fully funded two-year master’s degree program at the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies, or “Sciences Po.” The scholarship...
Over Winter Break, junior architecture student Madeline Fairman traveled to Vienna, Milan, and Brussels on a Nanovic Institute grant to study the Art Nouveau movement.
As part of an educational institution focused on developing the whole person, the Nanovic Institute makes a certain number of grants available to students committed to service and spiritual discernment.
Seniors Nick Courtney, Michael McRoskey, and Soren Kyhl travelled to Finland to investigate a new technology called blockchain, which has the potential to revolutionize refugee resettlement, banking, and much more.
A lecture on refugees at Notre Dame set Francesco Tassi on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand.
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...
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....
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.
With the support of the Nanovic Institute, four Notre Dame students traveled to Vatican City to meet the Pope and attend a conference on nuclear disarmament.
Joe DeLuca ’17, a double major in history and economics, discusses the impact of his Nanovic Institute travel and research grant to Vienna, Austria to work on his senior honors thesis and his post-graduation career plans.
Swiss banks use the cloud differently from American ones. With the support of the Nanovic Institute, Margaret Thomann traveled to Switzerland to learn why.
Sarah Bueter, with successive internships now under her belt sponsored in part by the Nanovic Institute, has returned to campus for her senior year as a Peace Studies and Theology major with a minor in the Catholic Social Tradition.
Thomas Doran ('19) engaged in a service internship at Joel Nafuma Refugee Center during the summer of 2017 with help from the Nanovic Institute and the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway.
How do British junior doctors help ensure their voices are heard regarding working conditions that are optimal for patient care? Aspiring physician, Beverly Kyalwazi (’17), recently traveled to London to learn more and found the process can be challenging when trade unions, medicine, and governments intersect.
The Physician Assistant (PA) is now known as the 3rd best job in the U.S., but is still relatively unknown in most countries. Lea Hix (’17) investigates the early stages of PA implementation in Germany, a key step to global prevalence of this profession.
Jean Carlo Yunén Aróstegui, a senior with majors in Film, Theatre and Television and Environmental Science, travelled to Norway over spring break to pursue a project on documenting climate change. Read more about his experience.
The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate and graduating undergraduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and social science disciplines who are pursuing research-based degrees. One of the awardees, Nicholas Ames in anthropology, also received prior funding from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
With financial support from the Nanovic Institute, the Holy Cross Office of Vocations sent a group of students on a discernment pilgrimage to Rome during spring break. In addition to having time to reflect on their vocations and to meet Fr. Superior General Robert Epping of the Congregation of Holy...
Mechanical engineering major Flannan Hehir '18 travelled over spring break to research core renewable energy technology and clean energy technology in Germany.
Nothing can prepare a young opera student to learn the art of singing Italian opera like a month-long intensive program training with top European opera coaches in northern Italy. Thanks in part to the generosity of the Nanovic Institute's Undergraduate European Internship and Service Grant…