Team

Jeffrey Thibert, Associate Director, Acting Director

  • 574.631.0372 // jthibert@nd.edu
  • Fall 2017 Office Hours //  Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Dr Jeffrey Thibert

Dr. Thibert joined the CUSE team in July 2013. As Associate Director, his primary roles are to assist the Director with CUSE administrative matters, engage in outreach among Notre Dame faculty, staff, students, and alumni to identify promising candidates for national fellowships like the Rhodes, Beinecke, and Goldwater Scholarships; help these candidates discern which opportunities fit best with their interests and goals; and advise them throughout all stages of the application process. His goal is to ensure that the reflection and preparation that goes into the fellowship process has value for applicants, whether or not they win the awards.

Aside from his fellowships work, Dr. Thibert teaches a course on pluralism in the College Seminar and studies issues connected to religious diversity, flourishing, and education. 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. 


Yvonne Mikuljan, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research

  • 574.631.8634 // ymikulja@nd.edu
  • Fall 2017 Office Hours // Wednesday and Friday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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

  • 574.631.9062 // erudt@nd.edu
  • Fall 2017 Office Hours // Monday and Thursday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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. 

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


Kathleen Schuler, Administrative Coordinator

  • 574.631.0371 // kschule1@nd.edu
  • Fall 2017 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 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. She began coordinating the Sorin Scholar Program for CUSE in August of 2017.  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 budgeting for undergraduate research grants or the Sorin Scholar Program, make an appointment with Kati Schuler.