Team

Jeffrey Thibert, Paul and Maureen Stefanick Director

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, daughter, 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

  • 574.631.8634 // ymikulja@nd.edu
  • 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

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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

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 Kathleen Schuler. (Kathleen is out of the office until August 6, 2018.)