Class of 2016

Shawn Lee is a Political Science major in the College of Arts and Letters who is also working towards a minor in European Studies. Shawn is working under the mentorship of Professor Roger Alford and has research interests that include international development and issues of human rights. Shawn has studied abroad in Toledo, Spain and will spend spring semester 2015 in London, England. Shawn is a member of Kellogg’s International Scholars Program, Notre Dame’s Circle K, and does work with the Center for Social Concerns and the Learning Resource Center.


Nicholas King is a Science-Business Pre-Professional major with a minor in the Hesburgh Program in public policy. Nicholas is interested in cell cycle control, stem cells and cancer and is currently working with Dr. Athanasia Panopoulos on induced pluripotent stem cells. Nicholas has also worked with Dr. Michelle Barton at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas investigating the protein TRIM24 and its role in carcinogenesis and breast cancer. Beyond research, Nicholas is a trained EMT and works on campus with the Notre Dame fire department, sings and tours with the Notre Dame Glee Club, tutors inorganic and general chemistry, and is a member of the Notre Dame Merit Scholars. After graduating Notre Dame, Nicholas plans to pursue Medical School or an MD/PhD program.


Thomas Gordon is a double major in Finance and Medieval Studies, with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Thomas has previously studied abroad in China. Thomas won funding from CUSE in 2013 attended a conference on Autism and is a member of the Special Friends Club of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College which pairs children living with autism with undergraduate volunteers from Notre Dame and St. Mary’s. Thomas is also involved in the Notre Dame Investment Office, Student International Business Council, and the Wall Street Club. After graduation from Notre Dame, Thomas is planning a career as an analyst.


Megan McCuen is majoring in English and French in the College of Arts and Letters, with a minor in Education, Schooling and Society, also in the College of Arts and Letters. As a sophomore, Megan was funded by CUSE to travel to Breton, France to research traditional Breton dance, and will return to France for a study abroad experience this spring. Megan is involved in the Notre Dame Dance Company, Celebration Choir, Quiz Bowl, and McGlinn Hall Council. On the McGlinn Hall Council, Megan is the Birthday Commissioner.  Megan engages with the community by teaching Catechism and Theater in the South Bend Community, and has participated in the Appalachia Service Trip, and Sophomore Road Trip Retreat Leader. Megan plans a career in teaching, possibly via Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program.


Bright Gyamfi is enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters majoring in History. Bright’s research work, under the direction of Professor Paul Ocobock, explores the development of the Ghanaian history curriculum. Bright conducted archival research when he studied abroad in London, England. Bright has received funding from a number of on campus grants including Experiencing the World Research grant, UROP Comprehensive Summer Grant, Balfour Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the Nanovic Institute. Bright is actively involved on campus in Kellogg Institute Student Programs Advisory Board, Africana Studies Club Vice President , NAACP Chief of Staff (Notre Dame Chapter 2013), Sophomore Class Council, Education Committee, Freshman Class Council, Zahm Hall Representative , Volunteer for the Mullen Campaign, and The International Development Research Council African Student Association. Bright is planning to attend graduate school.


Jingting “Lily” Kang is a double major in IT Management, in the Mendoza College of Business and Sociology, in the College of Arts & Letters and a minor in Actuary Science. Lily has received funding from a variety of campus sources to conduct her research into entrepreneurship, education, cross-cultural comparison, international development, and empathy. Lily is the President of the Society for Entrepreneurship, the President of the Notre Dame Gavel Club, a Project leader, of the McCloskey Business Plan Competition a Research Assistant for Professor Steve Reifenberg, and is a Kellogg Institute for International Studies Steering Committee Member.


Kate Woodrum is an Accounting major in the Mendoza College of Business and also a French supplementary major. Kate has previously been awarded grant funding through the Center for the Study of Language and Culture, and The Nanovic and has studied abroad in Angers, France. While there, Kate tutored French children in English. Kate is a member of the Mendoza College of Business Council- Class of 2016 student representative, the Cavanaugh Hall Council- Academic Commissioner (sophomore year) and BaseND (Formerly Enactus). After graduation, Kate plans to attend graduate school to earn an MBA.


Jonathan Vandenburgh is a Mathematics major in the College of Science and is currently researching algebraic topology, particularly simplicial homotopy theory, and is also working in a research lab studying the role of the VP40 protein in Ebola virus replication, under the mentorship of Professor Mark Behrens and Dr. Robert Stahelin. Jonathan engages with the greater South Bend community as a member of the working group to establish the Sunshine Clubhouse, a non-profit organization aimed at providing employment and social opportunities to adults with mental illness. After graduation from Notre Dame, Jonathan plans to continue to study mathematics, eventually earning his PhD.