Student Spotlights

CUSE works with outstanding students of all years, colleges, majors, and disciplines.

Below are recent examples of students who have participated in Conference Presentation, Research, Internship, and Immersion opportunities funded by CUSE!


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Adam Moeller, Class of 2018, History & Economics

Research: Gender, Sexuality, and Morality in Uganda

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Paul Ocobock

Adam Moeller Research

 


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Aly Sonnen, Class of 2018, Neuroscience & Behavior

Research: Summer Research Assistantship at Seattle Children’s Research Institutes’ Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development

Location: Seattle, Washington

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jessica Payne

Aly Sonnen Research

 


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Alexandria Gorden, Class of 2018, Architecture

Research: Building Materials & Methods in Light of Climate Change

Location: Charleston, South Carolina

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Samantha Salden Teach

Alexandria Gorden Architecture Research

 


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Alexandria Tatarian, Class of 2019, Science-Business

Creative Endeavor: Fili: More than a Poet

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Christopher Stevens

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Alexandria Tatarian Poetry Immersiojn

 


 

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Alyssa Cook, Class of 2019, Finance

Conference Attendance: SEO New York Conference

Location: New York City, New York

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Waddell

Alyssa Cook Conference Attendance

 


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Andrea Vale, Class of 2018, English

Creative Endeavor: Slow Journalism

Location: Amritsar, India

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jason Kelly

Andrea Vale Creative Endeavor

 


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Ashley Choi, Class of 2019, Accountancy

Creative Endeavor: Winter Abroad Program at Yonsei

Location: Seoul. South Korea

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Yeonhee Yoon

Ashley Choi Korean Immersion

 


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Aya Nagai, Class of 2020, International Economics

Service-Learning Project: Providing Windows and Mirrors in Costa Rica

Location: Heredia, Costa Rica

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Diane Jorza

Ayan Agai Service Learning

 


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Braeden Benedict, Class of 2019, Electrical Engineering

Internship: Research Internship at Blue Brain Project

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Gregory Timp

Braeden Benedict Internship

 


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Brielle Jaglowski, Class of 2020, Environmental Science

Service-Learning Project: Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer

Location: Sasabe, Arizona

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: N/A

Brielle Jaglowski Wildlife Service-Learning Project

 


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Brittany DiGenova, Class of 2018, Computer Science

Conference: Grace Hopper Conference

Location: Orlando, Florida

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Patrick Flynn

Brittany Digenova Conference


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Brynna Conway, Class of 2018, Computer Science

Conference: Grace Hopper Conference

Location: Orlando, Florida

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Patrick Flynn

Brynna Conway Conference


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Caroline Braun, Class of 2018, Computer Science

Conference: Grace Hopper Conference

Location: Orlando, Florida

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Patrick Flynn

Caroline Braun Conference


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Charlie Trense, Class of 2019, Finance & ACMS

Conference: International Business Ethics Case Studies

Location: Chicago, IL

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jessica McManus Warnell

Charlie Trense Conference


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Cynthia Tran, Class of 2019, IT Management

Conference: International Business Ethics Case Studies

Location: Chicago, IL

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jessica McManus Warnell

Cynthia Tran Conference


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Danica Crowley, Class of 2020, IT Management

Conference: Ashoka U Exchange

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Melissa Marley Bonnichsen

Danica Crowley Conference


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Daniel Olivieri, Class of 2018, Science-Business

Research: Evaluating CHW Integration into Health Networks

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Ann Mische

Daniel Olivieri Brazil Healthcare Research


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Daniela Lugo, Class of 2018, Civil Engineering

Internship: Internship at STV Inc.

Location: New York, New York

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yvonne Mikuljan

Daniela Lugo Internship

 


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Elizabeth Boyle, Class of 2020, Political Science & Peace Studies

Conference: As Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the U.S.

Location: North Carolina

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Thomas Kellenberg

Elizabeth Boyle Conference

 


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Emily Okawara, Class of 2019, American Studies

Immersion: Nazareth Farm Senior Thesis Discernment 

Location: Clarksburg, West Virginia

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Maria McKenna

Emily Okawara Immersion

 


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Emily Reeve, Class of 2018, Civil Engineering

Project: NDSEED 2017 Pedestrian Footbridge Construction

Location: Las Pencas, Nicaragua

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kijewski-Correa

Emily Reeve Project

 


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Emily Rourke, Class of 2018, Economics

Research: Female Entrepreneurship, Indonesia

Location: Indonesia

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Melissa Paulsen

Emily Rourke Research


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Eric Sah, Class of 2019, ACMS

Research: Systems Genetics Analysis to Identify Gene Candidates Associated with Axon Death in Optic Nerve and Glaucoma

Location: Memphis, Tennessee 

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Monica M. Jablonski

Eric Sah Conference Presentation


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Haley Kempf, Class of 2020, Neuroscience

Research: “Universal Design: Using Accessible Environments to Build Those Who Are
Marginalized Back into Society”

Location: Buffalo, New York

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Edwin Michael

Haley Kempf Research


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Harisa Spahic, Class of 2018, Biochemistry

Research: Characterizing Supercharged YKB

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Dr. Patricia Clark

Harisa Spahic Research


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Hillary Alamene, Class of 2020, Neuroscience & Political Science

Conference: 18th Annual Africa Conference

Location: Austin, Texas

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Elaine DeBassige

Hillary Alamene Conference


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Gregory Serapio-Garcia, Class of 2019, Psychology

Research: Big Data & the Big Five: Computationally Predicting Personality and
Psychopathology from Social Media

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: David Watson

Gregory Serapio-Garcia Research


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Heather DiLallo, Class of 2020, Chemical Engineering

Research: Utilizing Science to Promote Human Development

Location: China

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Dr. Toni Barstis

Heather DiLallo Research


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James Holland, Class of 2019, Computer Science

Conference: 2018 TechShift Conference

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Shreya Kumar

James Holland Conference


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John Raque, Class of 2019, Finance & Chinese

Internship: JFP Holdings Summer Internship

Location: Beijing, China

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Carl Ackermann

John Raque Internship


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Kaitlin Salyer, Class of 2018, Physics & French

Research: Study of ttH Events at CERN

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Kevin Lannon

Kaitlin Salyer Research


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Kiera Dwyer, Class of 2019, Chemical Engineering

Conference Presentation: Development of a phosphate biosensor using the optical density and pressure of growing yeast

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Holly Goodson

Kiera Dwyer Presentation


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Lauren Davancaze, Class of 2019, Biochemistry

Conference Presentation: Structural Characterization of the TIL 1383I T Cell Receptor

Location: San Diego, California

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Brian Baker

Lauren Davancaze Presentation


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Lily Falzon, Class of 2018, Sociology

Research: Conflicting Methodologies and Cross-Cultural Validation: Investigating the Current
State of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Location: China (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong)

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ayesha Ahmad

Lily Falzon Research


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Madeline Thompson, Class of 2019, Theology & Peace Studies

Conference: Religion in the Public Sphere

Location: Provo, UT

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jason Springs

Madeline Thompson Conference


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Maria Sasso, Class of 2018, Neuroscience and Behavior

Conference: Assoication for Psychological Science 29th Annual Convention: Poster
Presentation

Location: Boston, MA

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Gerald Haeffel

Maria Sasso Conference


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Maura Vrabel, Class of 2018, Chemical Engineering

Research: Detailed Characterization of the Nucleotide Binding Site

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Basar Bilgicer

Maura Vrabel Research


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Nicholas Seifert, Class of 2020, Biology & Music

Research: Research Assistantship, Feder Lab

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jefferey Feder

Nicholas Seifert Research


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Paul O'Toole, Class of 2018, Chemical Engineering

Research: MAPPER

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeremiah Zartman

Paul Otoole Research


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Pete Freeman, Class of 2018, Sociology & Gender Studies, International Peace Studies Supplement

Immersion Opportunity: Young Achievers Caucus: Evaluating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Efforts

Location: Elmina, Ghana

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Richard Williams

Pete Freeman Immersion Opportunity


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Roge Karma, Class of 2018, Political Science

Internship: Internship at U.S. Embassy Rabat

Location: Rabat, Morocco

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Steve Reifenberg

Roge Karma Internship


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Sae Rome Choi, Class of 2019, Chemical Engineering

Research: Interaction between Adipocytes and Cancer Cells

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Pinar Zorlutuna

Sae Rome Choi Research


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Takunda Ushe, Class of 2020, Business (undeclared) & Political Science

Research: Demystifying Mining in Africa

Location: Oxford University

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Paul Ocobock

Takunda Ushe Research


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Taylor Driscoll, Class of 2018, Architecture

Research: Architectural Preservation In Asia

Location: China (Macau, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nanjing, Pingyao, and Beijing)

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Selena Anders

 


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Thuy-An Phan, Class of 2019, Biology & Economics

Research: Role of Tachykinin on Aedes aegypti Feeding Behavior

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Mary Ann McDowell

Thuy-An Phan Research


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Trent McKinnon, Class of 2018, Accounting & ACMS

Research: The Value Line Enigma

Location: South Bend, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Michael Hemler

Trent McKinnon Research


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Victoria Erdel, Class of 2019, Sociology

Internship: Starfish Project

Location: Asia

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: John Duffy

Victoria Erdel Internship