Class of 2025
Nathan An, also known as Yi An, is a history and economics double major with intended minors in peace studies and linguistics. Born and raised in China, Nathan is passionate about studying Chinese ethnic minorities and various Chinese affairs. Previously, he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork and directed a documentary film for Wa ethnic minority. Nathan is also interested in integrating his multimedia communication skills, such as video and infographic making, and language skills into his research and actions. On campus, he serves as the communication chair of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association, International Ambassador, and travel team member of SIBC international. He also volunteers as a Latin teacher for the Aequora program. In his free time, Nathan enjoys swimming with the Club Swim, hiking, and sailing tallships. In the future, Nathan hopes to travel extensively while documenting his observations through writing and filming.
Colin A. Chalk is a Finance major and plans to minor in Data Science. Colin is a sophomore analyst within the Investment Club and a participant in the Student International Business Council; he has successfully pitched investment ideas within both organizations. On campus, he currently works as a research assistant for Professor Peter Kelly studying behavioral finance and economics. His recent work with Professor Kelly relates to the intersection between behavioral finance and cryptocurrency markets, an area commanding a relatively small body of research. Additionally, he is currently developing a thesis regarding new SEC universal proxy card rules effective September 2022, particularly the effect the rules will have on dissident proxy solicitations.
Rylan Chromy is an Architecture major with a minor in European Studies. He is interested in the restoration of structures of European antiquity. He served as the Morrissey representative in the First-Year Class Council and served on the QuestBridge Executive Board as a media intern. In his sophomore year, he is serving on the Student Union Board as well as representing Morrissey Hall as a member of the St. André’s Committee. Rylan can be found participating in dorm sports like football and basketball, but his true passion lies in performing. He can often be found on stage doing improv with The Humor Artists or singing and dancing with PEMCo. After graduation, he hopes to take his architecture career to either Europe or a traveling firm. His architecture dream, however, would be designing sports stadiums and facilities or theatrical theaters and stages.
Ella Maria Griffith is majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior (College of Science), as well as in German. Her interests include foreign languages and cultures, medicine, and music. She is an avid singer and piano player, passionate about uniting her interests within projects or research. For instance, Ella Maria has researched the cognitive advantages of music training upon non-native language acquisition. She also founded Ella Sings for Le Pretre, a fundraising project that affords critical aid to villagers in Le Pretre, Haiti through benefit concert proceeds and album sales. Ella Maria intends to pursue both on-campus and international research in the biological sciences or neuroscience. On campus, Ella Maria sings in the Liturgical Choir, participates in the Musician’s Network, takes voice lessons, and is President of the German Club. Next semester, she will begin volunteering at St. Joseph’s County Family Justice Center. After graduation, she plans to apply for a DAAD or Fulbright Scholarship in Germany, to later pursue medical school and a career as a dermatologist. Ella Maria is excited and grateful to be a part of the Sorin Scholars!
Katherine Huang is majoring in Accounting and Economics in the Business Honors Program with a minor in Data Science. She is passionate about harnessing the influence of big business to address social issues, and is interested in applying economic analysis to research how ESG accounting regulations shape corporate impact. On campus, Katherine enjoys serving as a Band Ambassador and playing piccolo in the marching band. She is also involved with the Federal Reserve and Fiscal Challenge, works for Campus Dining's sustainability and social media divisions, and has done a few Student International Business Council (SIBC) projects. Katherine is excited about the potential within ESG and hopes to further the practice after graduation, whether through research or professional work.
Amir Khouzam is a Neuroscience and Arabic double major, with a plan to pursue medical school after college. He is involved in research on campus, having worked with Perkins Lab on Respiratory Syncytial Virus trends and its recent connections with COVID-19 through statistical analysis. He is also a member of the God and the Good Life Fellows program, where he leads students in weekly philosophical dialogues. Amir is a member of the Student Government Department of Health and Wellbeing, working on projects related with mental and physical health on campus. Amir has also published work alongside the University of Tennessee Health Science Group regarding certain cardiac diseases such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias. He is also a member of Keough Hall, in which he plays guitar for the Keough Liturgical Choir. In his free time, Amir loves playing piano and guitar, cooking/experimenting in his kitchen, and watching critically acclaimed movies. Amir hopes to continue research at Notre Dame, particularly within the field of epidemics and pandemics.
Kabir Madan is a Mechanical Engineering major. He spent his Summer researching in IRIS Lab with Dr. Margaret Coad, where he worked to evaluate the accuracy of existing remote orientation mapping methods for everting vine robots, as well as design and fabricate reusable molds for fiber optic cable assemblies. In his free time, he enjoys reading and listening to music, in addition to tinkering with technology and learning about its limitless potential. On campus, he is involved with the Notre Dame Formula SAE Hybrid Club and the Notre Dame Rocketry Team. He hopes to pursue further research into robotics after graduating from Notre Dame.
Jeff Mwathi is an Electrical Engineering major looking to pursue the MBA/Engineering dual degree. Jeff is passionate about sustainability and hopes to use his time at Notre Dame to gain a profound insight into energy practices so as to implement them in his home country, Kenya post-graduation. Jeff is currently a research assistant for the Materials Characterization Facility funded by ND Energy. At Notre Dame, Jeff is involved with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), WallStreet Club and is also a member of the African Students Association (ASA). Jeff is also a published author for Fresh Writing after crafting an award winning narrative argument in his Writing and Rhetoric Class. After graduation, Jeff would like to attend graduate school to pursue further studies in Electrical Engineering.
Emma Powers is a Biochemistry major and a Data Science minor. Her research interests lie in the comprehension and treatment development for cancer and other diseases. She hopes to improve patient outcomes and quality of life following diagnosis. Emma is currently working under the guidance of Dr. Laurie Littlepage to analyze breast cancer metastasis in mouse models. On-campus, Emma is part of the Biochemistry Club and the Harper Cancer Research Institute Society, and she is a manager for the varsity volleyball team. After her time at Notre Dame, Emma plans to pursue her Ph.D. and work in a research-based position.
Bennett Schmitt is a Chemistry major with a supplementary major in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics and a minor in Sustainability. He currently works under Dr. Adam Jaffe to synthesize novel hybrid organic-inorganic material platforms with the hope of addressing challenges related to a cleaner energy future. On campus, Bennett is a member of Student Government’s Department of Sustainability, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club, and tutors students in calculus through the Learning Resource Center. He is interested in the intersection of chemistry and environmentalism and hopes to conduct independent research on the sequestration of anthropogenic carbon dioxide during his undergraduate career. Following
his time at Notre Dame, Bennett plans to pursue graduate studies in green chemistry and ultimately a career in research.
Gracie Simoncic is an American Studies major with minors in Digital Marketing and Collaborative Innovation. She has many interests, but she is particularly passionate about fashion design, cultural studies, and intersectional feminism. At Notre Dame, Gracie is involved in Strike fashion magazine, Americana student research journal, Farley hall council, and works for ND Listens. One of her previous research projects compared the fast and slow fashion supply chains to demonstrate the industry's environmental impact. During her time at Notre Dame, Gracie would love to research the intersection of fashion, cultural sociology and social media. Following her time at Notre Dame, she wants to attend fashion school to pursue a design degree. Afterward, she plans on entering the fashion industry in New York City.
Jane Stallman is a Psychology major with a minor in Data Science. She works under Dr. Gerald Haeffel in the Cognition and Emotion Lab, researching how to best conceptualize, quantify, and alter cognitive vulnerabilities that underlie depression. She worked on grant-writing and fundraising for, and is now the Outreach Chair of Active Minds, a mental health advocacy club on campus. She is also an active member of the Club Swim Team, and is their Apparel Chair, so you can catch them dripping in and out of the pool. She lives in Flaherty Hall, is their Signature Events Commissioner, and lectors for hall Mass. Jane is also a member of CS for Good and Engineers Without Borders. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a research-based career that helps understand and assist those suffering from mood and anxiety disorders.
Grace Steffen is a Biological Sciences major in the College of Science with an Accounting minor and a Compassionate Care in Medicine minor. Her research interests lie in global diseases and the way in which measures can be taken to prevent further spread of such pathogens. She is currently working in Dr. Jason Rohr’s lab, where she is studying the effects of a vaccine on amphibians through methods of both DNA extraction work and hands-on experience with live specimens. In addition, she is working in Dr. Nicole Achee’s lab, where she plays a role in gathering data on the trajectory of arthropod-borne diseases. On campus, Grace is involved with Student Union Board, Baraka Bouts Boxing Club, and a myriad of medical related clubs such as Harper Cancer Research Society, American Medical Women’s Association, and Preprofessional Society. In her free time, Grace works as an ND tour guide. After graduation, she plans to go to medical school.
Hananiah Tangpuz, also known as Niah, is an Aerospace Engineering major with an intended minor in innovation and entrepreneurship. Currently, she is working in Dr. Sakaue’s Aerospace laboratory to study Pressure-Sensitive Paint (PSP). This optical measurement method provides a pressure measurement without introducing disturbing flow probes on surfaces. In addition to this, it also helps measure pressure without affecting the model's surface. She hopes to use her experience in research to come up with an invention in the Aerospace industry that can help conserve the ozone layer and lessen the risk of worsening global warming. On-campus, she is part of the ND rocketry club and the production team of the annual Show-Some Skin series. For next year’s Show Some Skin cast, Niah will be one of the acting coaches who will be helping during workshops. She enjoys giving back to her community by taking part in numerous volunteer activities such as being an Associate Director of Mentorship in CAUSE Philipines and the President of her own established non-profit organization. At CAUSE she mentors low-income achieving Filipino students who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies in the United States of America. Last year they were able to help multiple students and were able to accumulate $15 million in scholarships and financial aid for underprivileged students from the Philippines. On the other hand, during the pandemic despite the limitations, Niah’s NGO was able to accumulate 1500+ donated subject book materials to be given to a local orphanage in their community. After graduation, Hananiah plans to work in the US for a short while to improve her innovative skills. Later on, she temporarily plans to go back to the Philippines and help improve their newly developed space agency PhilSA. After two to three years of working she plans to pursue her graduate studies in Aerospace and Nuclear Physics where she wishes to publish her original research which would be focusing on creating advanced aerospace technologies which can benefit the environment. After all, Hananiah’s ultimate goal is to make a breakthrough in the Aerospace Industry.