Jeffrey Thibert, Paul and Maureen Stefanick Director

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  • Spring 2018 Office Hours //  Wednesday: 3:00 - 5:00 pm and Thursday: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Thibert Headshot

Dr. Thibert joined the CUSE team in July 2013. As Director, his primary role is to oversee CUSE operations. He also advises students who are preparing applications for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships.

In addition, Dr. Thibert teaches a course on pluralism in the College Seminar. After his undergraduate work in Cognitive Science at Carnegie Mellon University, he earned a M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When not working, his favorite activity is taking long walks with his wife, son, and two dogs.

View Dr. Thibert's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

To discuss national fellowships, make an appointment with Dr. Thibert.

Former Director Dr. Deb Rotman is currently on leave.

Yvonne Mikuljan, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research

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  • Summer 2018 Office Hours // Monday: 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm; Tuesday: 10am-12pm; Wednesday: 2pm-4pm; & by appointment.

Dr Yvonne Mikuljan

Dr. Mikuljan joined the CUSE team in October 2015.  As Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research, she works with students on multiple aspects of undergraduate research, including: getting started in research; identifying research opportunities; applying for research grants; and sharing research with others through conference presentations and journal publications.  After earning a B.A. in Literature & Writing from California State University, San Marcos, Dr. Mikuljan went on to earn a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Notre Dame.

View Dr. Mikuljan's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

To discuss undergraduate research, make an appointment with Dr. Mikuljan. 

Elise Rudt, National Fellowships Program Coordinator


Elise joined the CUSE team in June 2017. As National Fellowships Program Coordinator, Elise advises students applying for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grants, the Boren Scholarship, and other fellowships that support study abroad. Elise also advises first-year and sophomore students who are interested in pursuing competitive national fellowships. After completing her B.A. in Global Studies and minor in Psychology, Elise earned a University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) at the International House in Barcelona, Spain. She subsequently worked as a Program Assistant for the Baltimore City Community College Citizenship Program. In addition to her work with BCCC, Elise taught ESL classes at the local Catholic Charities office, and workout classes for senior citizens at the Waxter Senior Center in Baltimore.

To discuss national fellowships, make an appointment with Elise Rudt.

Kathleen Schuler, Student Programming Coordinator

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  • Spring 2018 Office Hours // Tuesday: 9:30 - 11:30 and Thursday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Kati Schuler

Kathleen joined the CUSE team in August of 2013 as the Staff Assistant, and began work as the Administrative Coordinator in August 2015. She took on the role of Student Programming Coordinator in August of 2017, when she began working specifically as the coordinator of the Sorin Scholar Program. She also manages the front desk and office finances, provides support to students participating in grants, assists with office marketing and communications, and coordinates office data initiatives. A native of Illinois, Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Illinois State University (2009). Before coming to Notre Dame, Kathleen worked at both Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

To discuss the Sorin Scholar Program or undergraduate research grants processes, make an appointment with Kati Schuler.

Louise Williams, Undergraduate Research Coordinator

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  • Spring 2018 Office Hours //  Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Thursday 2:00 - 3:00, 4:00 - 5:00 


Louise Williams joined the CUSE team in August of 2017. As an Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Louise provides one-on-one mentoring to students who are interested in, or currently applying for, different research funding opportunities. Additionally, she leads many of the CUSE workshops which aim at giving students the resources needed to achieve funding.

Louise is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy with a focus in philosophy of mind. As an undergraduate, she received funding that allowed her to study Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. As a result, one of her major areas of interest is Buddhist philosophy. This opportunity, made possible by her alma mater the University of Arizona, has significantly impacted the course of her research. She strives to assist other students in developing their own research interests.  


To discuss undergraduate research, make an appointment with Louise Williams.

Evan Gage, Undergraduate Research Coordinator

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  • Spring 2018 Office Hours // Monday 6:30 - 8:30, Tuesday 6:00 - 8:30, Friday 2:00 - 3:30


Evan is studying for a degree in Christian History in the Master of Theological Studies program at Notre Dame. His interests—the history of Christianity in Asia Minor, Eastern Christian thought in the twentieth century, and dinner parties—were formed by the learning experiences he enjoyed through scholarships from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Evan looks forward to helping Notre Dame undergraduates develop and pursue their own research interests. Evan graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in English and History and taught in Tokat, Turkey and St. Paul, Minnesota before coming to Notre Dame. 


To discuss undergraduate research, make an appointment with Evan Gage.