Class of 2020
Madeleine (Mady) Andreas is a senior Biological Sciences and Anthropology major. She has researched various types of cancer both at home and at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Currently, Mady is working towards her senior thesis in the Honors Biological Sciences program, focusing on chemoresistance in triple-negative metastatic breast cancers. When not in the lab, she is a Co-President for the Compassionate Care in Medicine Club, a volunteer for a local children’s hospital, a News Section Editor for Scientia, part of the Biology Senior Leadership Committee, and a second violinist in the ND Symphony Orchestra. Mady is currently applying to medical school and hopes to pursue a career in neonatology, which will enable her to combine a love of science and a love of humanity.
Emily Black is an Environmental Engineering major with a minor in Energy Studies. Her past three years at Notre Dame, she was an assistant researcher in Notre Dame’s environmental engineering lab specializing in sustainable water treatment. Her past summer experiences were primarily spent abroad, in Alcoy, Spain, and Auckland, New Zealand. In New Zealand, she worked with Auckland's local government to research the benefits behind a progressive installation of hybrid turf. Her governmental work continued this past summer with technology consulting work on healthcare eligibility systems. Outside of the classroom and her beloved Cavanaugh Hall, Emily is involved in the Student Energy Board, Engineering Leadership Council, and the Club Golf Team. Her future beyond Notre Dame will likely include a year of service before entering into the workforce to continue the betterment of the world around her.
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 with a minor in Anthropology. In the past, Ian has performed research at the Cleveland Clinic to analyze risk factors associated with increased prevalence of surgical site infections (SSI’s) following reconstruction operations. He currently studies Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at Case Western Reserve University, specifically researching how the intestinal microbiome influences the gender disparity in a mouse model of Crohn’s disease-like ileitis. This past summer, Ian worked at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to research how the absence of sphingolipids in the plasma membranes of Bacteroides (a common gut bacterium) affects the host's inflammatory response. On campus, Ian is an officer of Mending Minds, a club that works with Alzheimer and dementia patients at Healthwin Specialized Care, and is president of MC3 Mentors, a club that tutors grade-school students in the South Bend area. After graduating from Notre Dame, Ian plans to attend medical school to become a surgeon.
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 with a minor in Theology. As a member of the Snite Advisor group, Sarah helps create events which encourage people to visit the museum’s collections and exhibits. Sarah was an assistant design editor for the 2018 Dome yearbook, and works as a research assistant for Professor Elyse Speaks. Sarah studied in Rome, Italy during the summer after her freshman year as a part of the Notre Dame summer program at the Global Gateway in Rome. During that same summer, Sarah won a First Year of Studies Ignition Grant which she used to visit New York City to research contemporary women artists in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art. Sarah was part of the Berlin Sonar class which enabled students to travel to Berlin over Spring break 2018 and create individual artworks which were then presented in an exhibition held at the Snite Museum of Art in April. Sarah will be studying abroad in Angers, France during the Fall of 2018. Sarah is also a member of the Ryan Hall church choir, and an avid quilter in her spare time.
Mary Hilliard is a Business Analytics and English double major. During the summer of 2017, 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. During the 2017-2018 school year, she worked with the non-profit Sosua 75 to raise awareness about the Evian Conference and fundraise for a ceremony commemorating the conference at the Royal Evian Hotel to take place in July 2018. Additionally, during the summer of 2018 she received the American Dream Grant and will be exploring the importance of independent bookstores in their local communities.
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