Class of 2020
Madeleine Andreas is a Biological Sciences major and an intended Anthropology minor in the College of Science. Madeleine is currently a directed readings student under Dr. Reginald Hill, and plans to start research in Dr. Hill’s lab during Fall 2017 focusing on the role of the tumor microenvironment in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. In addition, Madeleine is a volunteer at A Rosie Place, a respite home for medically fragile children, and is the upcoming Service Coordinator of the Compassionate Care in Medicine Club for the 2017-2018 school year. She is also one of the 2017-2018 Academic Commissioners for Farley Hall and a note taker for the Sara Bea Disability Center. For the summer, Madeleine will be volunteering at the Catholic Worker House of Orange County, California through the Center for Social Concern’s Summer Service Learning Program. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys literature, spending time with friends, and playing in the second violin section of the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra. After graduation, Madeleine intends to pursue a graduate degree in the sciences and/or medicine, looking to use her passions to serve others.
Emily Black is an Environmental Engineering major and is considering a minor in Energy Studies. She is interested in researching sustainable water treatment and tidal energy; she will serve as an assistant researcher in Notre Dame’s environmental engineering lab specializing in sustainable water treatment. This summer she will study abroad in Spain and learn about wind turbine performance, control, and design. Outside of the classroom and her beloved Cavanaugh Hall, Emily is involved in the Student Energy Board, Engineering Leadership Council, GreeND, Slice of Life, and the Club Golf Team. Her future beyond Notre Dame may include work with the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps and the United Nation’s efforts towards water treatment.
Sydney Britton is a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business. Sydney served as secretary for the Notre Dame Model United Nations club, and will work as co-chair for the NDMUN II conference, operating a committee modeling the court of Louis XIV. She also works as a Mendoza research assistant, currently examining the relationship between CEO personality traits and company success. Sydney is interested in compiling a historiography of finance bubbles ranging from the Dutch Tulip Bubble to the 2008 housing bubble.
Casey Byrne is a Sociology major and Hesburgh Program in Public Service minor within the College of Arts and Letters. Casey is currently researching with the Sociology department on how school choice practices affect the non-cognitive abilities of middle schoolers. Casey is passionate about learning about the inter workings of the criminal justice system and ways to make it better. On campus she is very involved in Notre Dame's Mock Trial Team. Casey has plans to attend law school after graduation.
Abby Campbell is a Political Science and Africana Studies double major and International Development Studies minor in the College of Arts and Letters. She is interested in looking at migratory patterns from Sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean, particularly Rome and Southern Italy. She feels as if migration has an integral place in the intersection of her majors and pursuits outside of the classroom because she believes it combines democracy and the human experience in a holistic way. Outside of the classroom, Abby engages in Student Government and College Democrats. She also is an Associate for the Financial Empowerment Program in JIFFI, a student-run nonprofit, where she teaches literacy classes to children and adults in South Bend in the hopes of alleviating poverty in her own community.
Danica Crowley is a Finance major with a supplementary major in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. She aims to research how finance, economics, and social justice intersect. She is particularly interested in researching the differences between charitable giving and impact investing. On campus, Danica currently serves as the Membership Outreach officer for the Asian American Association and the Public Relations officer for the Japan Club. She also plays for the Club Softball team. Danica has been actively involved with the Center for Social Concerns, taking part in the Appalachia service seminars and volunteering as a community tutor. In the future, Danica hopes to use her degree for the betterment of the greater global community by working in the non-profit sector or impact investing.
Brandon Davis is an Architecture major pursuing minors in Sustainability and Poverty Studies. He is interested in studying the intersections between the three and ultimately doing research on climate change migration and how dignified, affordable, and environmentally-friendly housing can be developed for those who emigrate from environmental disasters. On campus, Brandon is also the Show Commissioner for Project Fresh Hip-Hop, the Commissioner of Campaigns on the Student Government Gender Relations department, and a member of the Orientation Steering Committee for Welcome Weekends.
Ian Erkkila is a Science Preprofessional Studies major in the College of Science. Ian has conducted Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research at Case Western Reserve University, studying the impact of the gut microbiome on gender disparity in a mouse model of Crohn’s disease-like ileitis. He has also performed research at the Cleveland Clinic, analyzing the risk factors associated with increased prevalence of surgical site infections (SSI’s) following reconstruction operations. On campus, Ian is an officer of Notre Dame’s Mending Minds club and an active member of Aging with Grace. He also enjoys competing in Interhall and Intramural sports teams with his dormmates. After graduating from Notre Dame, Ian plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in the medical field.
Zhaoyuan “Andy” Fang is an Electrical Engineering major in the College of Engineering. His research interests include Nanotechnology and Virtual Reality. He is currently working for the Center for Civil and Human Rights, as a programming assistant. During the summer, he will do research as part of the NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Andy has been practicing Kung Fu for thirteen years and he will be the president of Kung Fu Club in Fall 2017.
Alice Felker is pursuing dual majors in Psychology and ACMS, and also working toward double minors in Education, Society, and Schooling, and Business Economics. She plans to study the mathematical cognition of students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Alice intends to research best practices in Inclusive Education, specifically focusing on differentiating math curricula to fit the needs of students with diverse ability levels. Alice is involved in Notre Dame's Best Buddies club, where she is an officer and peer buddy. She also volunteers with ACE, where she has assisted the Program for Inclusive Education in preparation for its inaugural year in the Summer of 2018. She is also a tutor at the Robinson Community Learning Center.
Melissa Malia Gozun is a Biological Sciences Major and a Japanese Minor within the College of Science. Following her internship at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, she has gained special interest in the inheritance and manifestation of diseases prevalent in ethnic minorities, particularly in the Filipino and Pacific Island communities, and hopes to pursue research in this area. On campus, Melissa is an active member of the Asian American Association, the Filipino American Student Association, and Hawai’i Club.
Sarah Harper is majoring in Art History and French. As a member of the Snite Advisor group, Sarah helps create events which encourages people to visit the museum’s collections and exhibits. Sarah is a designer for the Dome yearbook, and works as a research assistant for Professor Elyse Speaks. Sarah will be studying in Rome, Italy this summer as a part of the Notre Dame summer program at the Global Gateway in Rome and plans to study in France during her junior year. Sarah is also a member of the Ryan Hall church choir, and an avid quilter in her spare time.
Mary Hilliard is a Business and English double major. Over the summer, she conducted archival research at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland on the Evian Conference of 1938. The United States called this meeting of over 30 countries to address the growing Jewish refugee crisis after Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria. Although many representatives convened upon the resort town with sympathetic sentiments and calls for action, the conference failed to deliver tangible results and aid to the thousands of Jewish refugees trying to escape growing persecution in Germany and Austria. Through her research, Mary drew parallels between the attempts to ameliorate the refugee crisis in the 1930s and actions taken to address the Syrian refugee crisis in contemporary times. She hopes to continue to explore forced human migration and its place in literature, as well as conduct more archival research in the future. In particular, she appreciates the ability to conduct research as a way to independently design and plan academic exploration, and to direct her own learning.
Haley Kempf is a Neuroscience Major in the College of Science. After attending the Appalachia and Urban Plunge experiences through the Center for Social Concerns, she is now considering minoring in Poverty Studies. She is currently shadowing Dr. Achee’s lab on vector transmitted viruses with a special focus on prevention of rare diseases. Her interests include a wide variety of topics ranging from infectious disease to pediatrics to oncology to geriatrics to spinal cord injury. Therefore, this summer she plans to work as an intern at Children’s Hospital of LA, as well as, a research assistant at the Reeve Spinal Cord Institute in California. At Notre Dame, Haley is the Pathos Coordinator of the Compassionate Care and Medicine Club, and an active member of the Neuroscience club. In her free time, she enjoys intermural sports, kickboxing, Zumba, and baking cupcakes. Haley’s lifelong dream is to combine her diverse interests in rural poverty and medicine to innovatively address the needs of people in developing countries.
Michael Kurkowski is a Physics major with an interest in Astrophysics. He is also a member of the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir and the Knights of Columbus. He is a member of various teams of research, one of which involves Carbon-14 dating potential African art samples to be displayed by the Snite Museum. On another project, he is using various physical techniques to analyze the chemical contents of colonial currency on loan from the Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) department at the Hesburgh Library to identify counterfeits among the samples, and to confirm supposed socioeconomic trends during the time which these artifacts were circulating. He is an avid soccer and piano player, and loves puzzles and board games.
Dayonni Phillips is an Anthropology major with a supplementary major in Africana Studies and a minor in International Development Studies. Last summer, she conducted research in Ireland alongside her professor, Dr. Chesson, and she attended a bioarcheological field school in Poland. Currently, she is a research assistant for Dr. Chesson to help her with a grant that deals with materials excavated from a 5,000-year- old cemetery in Jordan. She is the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator for Shades of Ebony and a Diversity Ambassador through the Multicultural Student Programs. This summer, she hopes to do research that revolves around the African Diaspora. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school.
Chris Wittig is a business major and actuarial science minor with a finance concentration, hoping to explore the motives behind small businesses and their reluctancy to adapt to the data-driven, analytical world. Back home (Rochester, NY), Chris runs a lawncare service which serves as the origin of his passion for small-businesses. On campus, he works for the admissions office as a campus tour guide, and serves as a GM for the club, College Mentors for Kids. Chris is excited to further explore his interests in business analytics and mathematics by working with a Notre Dame faculty mentor in the future, and has a long-term goal of traveling to Denmark to learn more about entrepreneurship and the global economy.
Not currently pictured: John Meyer