Student Spotlight

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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Ryan Engert, Class of 2018, Science Preprofessional

Conference Presentation: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Location: Atlanta, GA

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Michelle Whaley

Ryan Engert Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Jack Assaf, Class of 2017, Mechanical Engineering 

Conference Attendance: Global Student Forum

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Peter Kilpatrick

Jack Assaf Conference Attendance (PDF)


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Elaine Schmidt, Class of 2017, Program of Liberal Studies

Research: Finding God and Beauty in the Catholicism of the Peruvian Andes

Location: Chucuito, Peru

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Peter Casarella, Jenny Martin, Vicotr Maqque

Elaine Schmidt Research (PDF)


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Paul Rudnicki, Class of 2017, Chemical Engineering

Conference Presentation: Comparative study of photosynthetic unit (PSU) models for   algal growth rate and florescence prediction under light/dark cycles

Location: San Francisco, CA

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Jason Hicks

Paul Rudnicki Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Nicole Handa, Class of 2017, Biology and Psychology

Conference Presentation: Poster Presentation Interrogating
the role that tbx2a/b play in mitigating the
function of mecom in zebrafish pronephric development

Location: University of Michigan

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Rebecca Wingert

Nicole Handa Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Nikhil Garg, Class of 2018, Finance & Applied Mathematics

Research: Déjà Vu: How Ultranationalism Threatens the European Project... Again

Location: Paris, France

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Joseph Buttigieg

Nikhil Garg Research (PDF)


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Michelle Espinal, Class of 2017, Civil Engineering

Conference Attendance: UN Habitat III - Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

Location: Quito, Ecuador

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Alex Taflanidis

Michelle Espinal Conference Attendance(PDF)


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Matthew Colturi, Class of 2017, Civil Engineering

Conference Attendance: Greenbuild 2016 International Conference and Exp

Location: Los Angelas, California

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Alex Taflanidis

Matthew Colturi Conference Attendance (PDF)


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Megan Moffitt, Class of 2017, Political Science & Peace Studies

Research: Public Perception and the International Criminal Court: Observing the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé Case

Location: International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Danielle Wood

Megan Moffitt Research (PDF)


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Joseph Lemna, Class of 2018, Marketing & Theology

Immersion: Experiencing Cuba

Location: Havana, Cuba

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Peter Casarella

Joe Lemna Immersion (PDF)


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John Casey, Class of 2017, Chemical Engineering

Conference Presentation: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Pinar Zorlutuna

Jack Casey Conference Presentation  (PDF)


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Ashley Kyalwazi, Class of 2018, Neuroscience and Behavior

Conference Attendance: USA Clubhouse National Conference

Location: Washington, D.C.

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Lisa Anderson

Ashley Kyalwazi Conference Attendance (PDF)


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Matthew Williams, Class of 2018, Anthropology

Research: Galapagos Evolutionary Biology Practicum

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Gary Lamberti and Malcom Fraser

Matthew Williams Research (PDF)


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Alex Yom, Class of 2020, Political Science

Immersion: The Effects of Unfunded Mandates on National Infrastructure Projects

Location: Houston, TX

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Joseph Buttigieg

Alex Yom Immersion  (PDF)


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Alexis Green, Class of 2019, Anthropology

Research: Role of Empathy for German Health Professionals

Location: Kassel, Hessen, Germany

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Denise Della Rossa

Alexis Green Research (PDF)


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John Salazar, Class of 2017, Film, Television, and Theater

Research: The Toronto Film Festival as a Sphere for Critical Prestige

Location: Toronto, Canada

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: James Collins

John Salazar Research (PDF)


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Aislinn Betts, Class of 2018, Science-Business

Conference Presentation: World Molecular Imaging Conference

Location: New York, NY

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: W. Matthew Leevy

Aislinn Betts Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Daniela Lugo Romero, Class of 2018, Civil Engineering

Eagan Fellowship: NDSEED in Nicaragua

Location: Terrero Sur, Nicaragua

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Tracy Kijewski-Correa

Daniela Lugo Romero Assistantship (PDF)


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Eduardo Miranda Mora, Class of 2019, Biological Sciences

Research: AIM: Ancestry informative, transferable, and affordable DNA markers for Chestnut

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Romero-Severson

 Eduardo Miranda Mora Research (PDF)


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Ziyu Cui, Class of 2017, Film, Television, and Theater and Finance

Short Documentary Film: The Return of Hanfu

Location: China, Romania, USA

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Nicole MacLauglin

Ziyu Cui Documentary (PDF)


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Harisa Spahic, Class of 2018, Biochemistry

Eagan Fellowship: Continuation of a pilot investigation of the relationship between neurocognitive function, inflammatory biomarkers, and CYP2D6 in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and endocrine therapy.

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Pascal Jean-Pierre

 Harisa Spahic Eagan Fellowship (PDF)


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Anthony Derouin, Class of 2018, Architecture

Apprenticeship: HOPE for Architecture

Location: Carlton Landing, OK

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Steven Semes

Anthony Derouin Apprenticeship (PDF)


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Bridget Rickard, Class of 2018, Philosophy and Peace Studies

Internship: Caritas Internationalis/United Nations NY

Location: New York City

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Atalia Omer

Bridget Rickard Internship (PDF)


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Megan Parisi, Class of 2017, Psychology

Research: The Relation Among Trait Anxiety, Cortisol Stress Reactivity, and Aggressive Behavior

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Lira Yoon

Megan Parisi Research (PDF)


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Zhixing Zhang, Class of 2017, Mathematics and History

Research: Planting the Seeds of the Modern East Asian Dilemma: Myths and New Interpretations of the Japanese Invasions of Korea (1592-1598)

Location: China, Japan, & Korea

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Julia Adeney Thomas

Zhixing Zhang Research (PDF)


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Kiley Adams, Class of 2017, Biology

Research: Finding India's Missing Disabled Population

Location: India

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Peter Walshe

Kiley Adams Research (PDF)


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Justin Campanaro, Class of 2017, Mechanical Engineering

Michael Ruof, Class of 2018, Mechanical Engineering

Conference Presentation: Optimizing ICE Efficiency with Cycling: Methods for Evaluating Achievable Gains

Location: Montreal, Canada

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Peter Bauer

Michael Ruof Conference Presentation and Justin Campanaro Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Torian Riley, Class of 2019, Program of Liberal Studies

Research: Law Proceedings in Asia

Location: Beijing, China

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jonathan Noble

 Torian Riley Research(PDF)


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Andrew Baublis, Class of 2019, Chemistry and Math

Research: Cesium Lead Halide nanocrystal synthesis

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Masaru Kuno

Andrew Baublish Research (PDF)


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Emily Vincent, Class of 2018, Anthropology and Chinese

Research: Foreign NGO Research in China

Location: Beijing, China

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Weibing Ye

Emily Vincent Research (PDF)


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Gabriela Kluzinski, Class of 2019, Finance and Film, Television, and Theater

Documentary Film: The Economic Migration of Rudnik nad Sanem

Location: Poland

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: James Collins

 


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Christopher Brady, Class of 2019, Physics

Research: Modelling and predicting cataclysmic events via a TWINSOL spectrometer.

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Daniel Bardayan

Christopher Brady Research  (PDF)


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Kelly Fleckenstein, Class of 2019, Finance and History

Research: Confederate Financial Policies: Prolonging the War Despite Overwhelming Odds

Location: National Archives at Washington, DC and University Park, MD

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Paul Ocobock

Kelly Fleckenstein Research (PDF)


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Christine Mayuga, Class of 2019, Science-Business

Research: Characterizing growth phenotypes among recently labadapted isolates of malarial parasites arising from an area of emerging drug resistance

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Michael Ferdig

Christine Mayuga Research (PDF)


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Matthew Hayes, Class of 2017, Architecture

Internship: Developing Masonry Skills with HFA

Location: Carlton Landing, OK

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Selena Anders

 Matthews Hayes Internship(PDF)


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Xiaoyu Yu, Class of 2019, Biological Sciences and Mathematics

Service Learning: Amazon Indigenous & Community Health in Ecuador

Location: Ecuador

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Kraig Beyerlein

Xiaoyu Yu Service-Learning (PDF)


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Daniel Currie, Class of 2018, Physics

Research: National Low Dose CT Scan Early Detection Lung Cancer Screening Program

Location: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Daniel Currie Grogan (PDF)


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Nicolle Ho, Class of 2018, Applied and Computational Mathematics & Statistics

Research: Decoupling of Soil and Air Temperatures in Arctic Tundra: Implications for Ecosystem Function

Location: Toolik Field Station, North Slope Alaska

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Adrian Rocha

Nicolle Ho Research (PDF)


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Maddison Staff, Class of 2018, Biological Sciences and Film, Television, and Theater

Research: Generation of Visual Mutants in Aedes aegypti

Location: Notre Dame, IN, O'Tousa Lab

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Michelle Whaley

Maddison Staff Research (PDF)


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Kangxin Wu, Class of 2019, Architecture

Research: Influence of Taoism on Chinese and Western Architecture: Comparison between Chinese Gardens and Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture

Location: Beijing and Suzhou, China

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Richard Economakis

Kangxin Wu Research (PDF)


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Pete Freeman, Class of 2018, Sociology and Gender Studies

Eagan Fellowship: Gender Differences in Entrepreneurship: Motivation and Entrepreneurial Training of Mother Entrepreneurs in Switzerland

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Richard Williams

Pete Freeman Research (PDF)


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Margaret Berta, Class of 2019, Biochemistry and Political Science

Research: Distributed Pharmaceutical Analysis Lab (DPAL) Operation Improvement

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Marya Liberman

Margaret Berta Research(PDF)


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Maura Vrabel, Class of 2018, Chemical Engineering

Internship: AVM Biotechnology

Location: AVM Biotechnology Seattle, WA

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Basar Bilgicer

Maura Vrabel Internship (PDF)


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Norbert Kuc, Class of 2017, Biological Sciences

Grogan Fellowship: Asbestos related pleural disease in insulator workers

Location:  Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Radiology Department, Chicago, IL

Norbert Kuc Grogan Fellowship (PDF)


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Sasha Nakae, Class of 2019, Economics and Theology

Summer Abroad in India

Location:  India

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Suman Rani

Sasha Nakae India Abroad (PDF)


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Shuyu Jiang, Class of 2019, Economics

Research: Clickbait and Cognitive Processes

Location:  Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jessica Collett

 Shuyu Jiang Research (PDF)


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Robert Wozniak, Class of 2018, Preprofessional Studies and Spanish

Research: Evaluation of Methodology in Monitoring, Controlling, and Treating Chagas Disease in Belize

Location:  Belize

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: John Grieco and Nicole Achee

Robert Wozniak Research (PDF)


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Sarah Glover, Class of 2018, Neuroscience and Behavior

Internship: Projects Abroad Medical Internship in Nepal

Location:  Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Patrick Vivirito

Sarah Glover Internship (PDF)


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Michael DiGaetano, Class of 2017, Science-Business

Research: Examining Neuropathic Pain Pathways

Location:  Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Patrick Sheets

Michael DiGaetano Research (PDF)


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Theresa Bickel, Class of 2017, Mechanical Engineering and Japanese

Research: Timken Large Wind Bearing Online Monitoring System

Location:  Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Bill Goodwine

Theresa Bickel Research (PDF)


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Yoo Jin Jung, Class of 2018, Neuroscience and Behavior

Research: UCLA Summer Research

Location:  UCLA, Glanzman Lab

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Michelle Whaley

 Yoo Jin Research(PDF)


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Roge Karma, Class of 2018, Political Science

State Department Internship

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Steve Reifenberg

Roge Karma Internship(PDF)