Class of 2018

Varishth Baluckram

Varishth Baluckram

  • Areas of Study: Aerospace Engineering
  • Hometown: New Grove, Mauritius

As a 2012 Bezos Scholar, Varishth had the opportunity to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival. He and his fellow Bezos Scholars at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) applied what they learned to organize the South African Ideas Festival, which helped 60 students develop their ideas for change through the use of think tanks. After representing the ALA at the 2012 Georgetown Model United Nations (MUN), Varishth became the secretary general of the MUN Club at ALA. He launched Adventures in the Tropics, a nonprofit that organizes leadership retreats for youngsters from across the world.

Varishth spent his Wilderness Leadership Experience mountaineering and rafting in Colorado. He traveled to Jamaica for his Social Justice summer to volunteer with Children First, the largest organization that educates children in Jamaica. For his Global Inquiry summer, Varishth interned at a local engineering initiative, Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem, in South Bend. He enriched his engineering skills by designing a real-time remote monitoring system to test the efficiency of the rain gardens his team built over the summer. Aside from his main task, Varishth worked on a personal enrichment project where he designed an infrared road temperature remote sensor to aid the city in de-icing the roads during winter. He spent his Professional Venture summer conducting supersonic flight research for the University of Notre Dame's Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

Upon graduation, Varishth will be joining Texas A&M where he was admitted for a fully funded PhD program in Aerospace Engineering.

 

Nicholas Courtney

Nicholas Courtney

  • Areas of Study: Accounting; Applied Mathematics
  • Hometown: Williamsville, NY

As a freshman, Nick and his brother conducted a research trip in Panama and Nicaragua to explore how the proposed construction of the Nicaragua Canal would have impacted local communities. Nick spent the summer after his freshman year volunteering at NewView Oklahoma, an organization that empowers blind and vision-impaired individuals to achieve their maximum potential through the Center for Social Concern's Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP). He has received grants through the Nanovic Institute for European Studies to conduct two independent research trips on the subject of refugees and migration. The first was to examine how governments, non-profits, and the private sector were receiving and integrating refugees in different European countries in the summer of 2016. He later conducted a second research trip in Finland to analyze the effectiveness of a startup which utilizes blockchain to provide digital identity and financial inclusion to asylum seekers. 

On campus, Nick served as a financial literacy mentor and has worked on multiple projects for Unleashed, Notre Dame's impact investing club, to analyze and recommend startups with positive social impacts to venture capital funds. During his Senior year, he joined Notre Dame’s Boxing Club and competed in the Bengal Bouts tournament.

Nick spent summer 2017 as a management consulting intern in the Financial Effectiveness group for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in Chicago, IL. He will be working full-time as a Data Science Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington DC.

Margaret Crawford

Margaret Crawford

  • Areas of Study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Decatur, Georgia

As a mechanical engineering major at Notre Dame, Margaret spent her undergraduate career learning what area of engineering she was most passionate about and how she could use engineering to make a positive impact on society.  She was also an active member of McGlinn Hall and the Society of Women Engineers. During her social justice summer, she worked as an engineering intern for the Bowman Creek Project, focusing on using technology to improve the infrastructure of underprivileged areas of South Bend in an environmentally friendly way. During her sophomore year, she received a CUSE grant to research similar projects in Dublin, Ireland. She also interned at South Bend’s Office of Innovation, continuing her impact on the city of South Bend with engineering. For her global inquiry summer, Margaret researched new manufacturing methods in Alcoy, Spain, which inspired her to get involved in research at Notre Dame as well. She began working in an additive manufacturing lab with applications in the aerospace and biomedical industries. It was there that she realized that her true passion lies in the aerospace industry and its applications for human advancement and national defense. She spent her professional venture summer as a mechanical engineering intern for Textron, and will be returning to Textron as a member of their rotational Engineering Leadership Development Program. Her first rotation will be as a mechanical engineer with Textron Aviation in Wichita, KS.

 

Nikhil Garg

Nikhil Garg

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Applied Mathematics
  • Hometown: Chantilly, VA

Nikhil Garg is a 2018 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he studied Finance and Computational Math. Following graduation, Nikhil moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he joined Bain Capital Credit as an Investments Analyst. Nikhil interned with Bain Capital over the summer of his junior year, and felt that the firm’s investment strategies aligned with his shared passion for financial markets and investing. 

During his four years at Notre Dame, Nikhil had the opportunity to work and volunteer for a variety of organizations including Project BEST, FairED, SIBC, and Moneythink. In his final year at Notre Dame, Nikhil started a company, called Centralix, which provides an alternative trading platform to help U.S. based retail investors trade digital assets. The company raised over $40,000 worth of pre-seed funding, and is currently beta testing its product with a focus group of users around the Boston and Bay Area.

Nikhil will be forever grateful for the time he was able to spend at Notre Dame with the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program. He got the opportunity to work with TechnoServe in Johannesburg, South Africa after his freshman year through the extensive HY network. He the worked for a venture capital fund promoting financial inclusion in emerging markets in Washington D.C. the next summer, which is something he also owes to the HY community. He welcomes any prospective, current, or graduated scholar to reach out to him if he can ever be of any service.

 

John Haley

John Haley

  • Areas of Study: Film, Television, and Theatre; International Peace Studies
  • Hometown: North Mankato, MN

John Haley studied Film, Television, and Theatre and International Peace Studies during his time at the University of Notre Dame. When he spent his social justice summer working with ART WORKS Projects, a media advocacy non-profit organization, John became interested in using visual arts to raise awareness about critical international issues. John has completed a variety of work in documentary film, including completing an internship with Sundance Award-winning production company Little Monster Films and assisting with the filming of a web-based documentary investigating oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico. During the summer of 2017, John interned with CBS News in Washington, D.C. as part of the CBS This Morning team. His most recent film project, a short documentary film about the death penalty in America, has been selected to five film festivals and debuted on television as part of KCET’s Festival of Films. John was recognized by Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre with the Broad Avenue Filmmakers Award, granted each year to a Notre Dame senior for the best work in film production. Following graduation, John joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest to work at New Avenues for Youth, a drop-in center for at-risk youth in Portland, Oregon.

Catherine Hayes

Catherine Hayes

  • Areas of Study: Political Science; Poverty Studies
  • Hometown: Bedford, MA

In high school, Catherine was a National Merit Finalist, member of the National Honor Society, Relay for Life participant, member of her parish youth group, and a tutor. For three years, she worked at the The Food Project, a Boston-area nonprofit centered on diversity, sustainable agriculture, and social justice. Each year, she traveled to Kentucky on a mission trip to work with H.O.M.E.S., a local organization that builds houses for residents in need.

Catherine spent Summer 2015 volunteering with HELP International in Piura, Peru and as a Crew Leader for The Food Project's Summer Youth Program. During Summer 2016, she served as an Education Intern at the Stone Barnes Center for Food and Agriculture in New York. She spent the spring semester of her junior year living with a host family and attending a local university in Toledo, Spain. She was the Communications and Development intern at La Cocina, an organization that helps low-income food entrepreneurs grow their businesses, during Summer 2017 in San Francisco, CA.

At Notre Dame, Cassi is a volunteer tutor and member of the Ski and Snowboarding Club. She enjoys photography, snowboarding, and cooking. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Poverty Studies, and wrote her senior thesis on urban food policy. After graduation, she will be joining the Teach For America corps in Oakland, CA.

Colin Humble

Colin Humble

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
  • Hometown: Marietta, GA

In high school, Colin co-founded My Brother’s Keeper, an outreach program that strives to provide homeless men, women, and children with basic necessities including food, clothing, personal hygiene items, and reconditioned bicycles. Based on his role there, he was awarded the Prudential Spirit of America Community Service Award for the state of Georgia. Through the organization kidz2leaders, inc., which aspires to break the cycle of incarceration by changing the lives of prisoners’ children, Colin served as a camp counselor and mentor at Camp Hope. His dedication to community and global service has resulted in numerous awards and accolades, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Princeton Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award. Colin, a cross-country, track, and basketball athlete, was awarded the Georgia State Wendy’s High School Heisman and the Vince J. Dooley Award.

At Notre Dame, Colin is a member of the Undergraduate Investment Club and Wall Street Club and volunteered at the Center for the Homeless. During his freshman and sophomore year, Colin worked at the Notre Dame Investment Office and studied abroad during the spring semester in London. After graduation, Colin will be joining Bain and Company as an Associate Consultant in the Chicago office.

Colin spent his Wilderness Leadership Experience in Colorado with Outward Bound. For his Social Justice summer, he volunteered in Tanzania with the micro-loan division of Glorious, a nonprofit that aims to break the cycle of poverty through education. He spent summer 2016 interning for Bridger Capital, a New York based investment firm, doing financial markets research focused on the Asian and European markets. Colin interned at Morgan Stanley's Equity Derivatives Sales & Trading desk within the Institutional Equity Division in the New York City office for his Professional Venture summer.

 

Aline Irihamye

Aline Irihamye

  • Areas of Study: Biochemistry; Science, Technology, and Values
  • Hometown: Lexington, KY

Aline has always been interested in the intersections between health, medicine, and society. Therefore, as a Biochemistry major, Aline has worked to connect her growing scientific understanding to improving the health and wellbeing of others.

She spent her first year at Notre Dame as a chair for the Africa Committee on the International Development Research Council and was involved in IDRC research for a rural clinic in Nicaragua. In the spring semester of 2015, Aline participated in the Center for Social Concerns’ U.S. Healthcare: Policy and Poverty Seminar in which she traveled to Washington, D.C. Aline joined the Student Union Board (SUB) her sophomore year as the lead programmer for the Ideas & Issues Committee and served as the director of programming for three committees during her junior year. Aline is also very involved in her dorm, where she served as the multicultural commissioner her sophomore year, Welcome Weekend co-captain her junior year, and as a Resident Assistant her senior year.

For her Global Inquiry summer, Aline researched how socioeconomic status affects treatment of chronic diseases with a European Public Health Association (EUPHA) professor in Kosice, Slovakia and attended the EUPHA Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Oslo, Norway. She also spent her Professional Venture summer working on a joint project between Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health and the St. Joseph County Health Department to prevent lead poisoning in the South Bend community.

Aline will continue working to improve the overall health and wellbeing of others by pursuing a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati this fall.

 

Patrick LeBlanc

Patrick LeBlanc

  • Areas of Study: Honors Mathematics; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Brielle, NJ

Patrick is interested in mathematics, philosophy, theology, and the social sciences and spent much of his undergraduate deciding between them. 

For his Social Justice Summer, Patrick worked in the Alexandria headquarters of Catholic Charities USA as a quantitative research and data analysis intern. There he created a model to explain and predict trends in the number of adoptions facilitated by Catholic Charities agencies in the U.S. In 2016, Patrick attended the Seminar for Undergraduate Research (SUMR) Program at Notre Dame to study theoretical mathematics. For his Professional Venture summer, Patrick attended an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at the Ohio State University where he conducted research in mathematical neuroscience under the direction of Associate Director Janet Best. 

Patrick was engaged in mathematics research at Notre Dame. He has participated in reading groups on topology, group theory, and convexity theory. While participating in the SUMR Program at Notre Dame in summer 2016, Patrick conducted research with Professor Dennis Snow on public key cryptography, which he presented at the 2016 Fall Undergraduate Research Fair (FURF). Through public key cryptography, Patrick became interested in elliptic curves and Riemann Surfaces, and pursued a directed reading on these subjects in the fall of 2016. After returning to Notre Dame in the fall of 2017, Patrick began work on his senior thesis with Professor Liviu Nicolaescu: the thesis was written on topics in Information Theory such as Shannon’s Coding Theorem and Huffman coding. 

After graduation, Patrick will pursue a Ph.D. in Statistical Sciences at Duke University.

 

Timothy Machasio

Timothy Machasio

  • Areas of Study: Economics
  • Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Timothy, a graduate of the African Leadership Academy, spent his Wilderness Leadership Summer canoeing at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine.

On campus, he served as a Peer Academic Advisor, International Student Ambassador, and a member of the Honor Code Committee. He was also a Peer Advocate for the Office of Community Standards and held additional leadership positions at the Junior Class Council, Student International Business Council, and the Notre Dame Consulting Consortium.

As a member of Kellogg Institute’s International Scholars Program, Timothy served as a research assistant for Professor Catherine Bolten, an Anthropologist studying intergenerational conflict in Sierra Leone, and Professor Joseph Kaboski, a renowned Development Economist and Frisch Medal Laureate studying financial access in rural Uganda. He received CUSE grants in 2015 and 2016 to explore constraints to technology entrepreneurship in Kenya and Tanzania, and a Kellogg-Kroc grant in 2017 to study the consumption behavior of welfare-dependent households in Kenya.

Timothy interned with Ashoka in India the summer after his freshman year, with Google in Kenya the summer after his sophomore year, and with The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago the summer after his junior year. He briefly served as SVP of Legal Affairs and Finance for FairED, an education nonprofit co-founded by his classmate, Nikhil Garg. In his senior year, he founded the Dunkirk Group - a Kenyan social enterprise aiming to improve financial market participation among middle-income Kenyans (Learn more: dunkirkgroup.co.ke).

Timothy was the first student admitted into Notre Dame’s five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Global Affairs track. He will be working at the Boston Consulting Group in the summer of 2018 before returning to complete his graduate degree.

Michael McRoskey

Michael McRoskey

  • Areas of Study: Computer Science
  • Hometown: Solana Beach, CA

Michael McRoskey is a Computer Science graduate of the University of Notre Dame. A Hesburgh-Yusko scholar and recipient of the Snider Family Endowment Award for Excellence in European Studies, Michael is working for Google full-time post-graduation as a Technical Program Manager. Michael is the president and founder of The Red Bag, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that empowers neighbors to help the homeless through care packages that cost $5. Since it’s inception in 2012, The Red Bag has helped more than 15,000 homeless men and women in the United States. While at Notre Dame, Michael has served as the Director of Campus Technology in Student Government, an intern in the Office of Information Technology, and video producer and photographer for several on-campus clubs. In 2016, Michael produced a documentary on European refugees after meeting with refugees in Italy, Greece, Germany and Sweden. "Vis-a-Vis" was unveiled at the No Lost Generation Student Conference, an event endorsed by the State Department, in Washington DC in March 2017. Since then, Michael has continued learning about refugees, traveling to Finland and Estonia to learn how new technologies like blockchain are making lives easier for migrants and the financially excluded. Michael has a strong dedication to creative fields, having worked as an illustrator, photographer, video editor, industrial designer, graphic design artist, and front end website developer in the past. In 2018, Michael and a team of three undergraduate students won the Equifund Best Undergraduate Venture Award in the Notre Dame McCloskey Business Plan Competition.

Elisabeth Mukayuhi

Elisabeth Mukayuhi

  • Areas of Study: Romance Languages
  • Hometown: Gisenyi, Rwanda

In high school, Elisa was the CFO of a student-run organization called EmoART (emotional art), a group aiming to empower teenage girls in the Zandspruit Township in South Africa by using art as a medium to teach needed life skills. In the summer of 2013, Elisa interned at Equity Bank, a financial services provider headquartered in Nairobi. There, she developed a strong interest in microfinance and an understanding of the need for financial literacy in Rwanda.

For her Professional Venture summer, Elisa interned for the African Leadership University's Pan-African School of Business in Kigali, Rwanda. This internship provided her with a platform to study and understand the role of the private sector in solving the most concerning development issues in Africa. The previous summer, she also interned in Kigali, where she worked for the Rwandan Development Board, the government agency in charge of promoting Foreign Direct Investment. She spent summer 2015 volunteering with child education programs in Urubamba, Peru, through Peru Volunteer and Travel.

On campus, Elisa serves as an international ambassador as well as a Diversity Council representative for the African Student Association. In her senior year, she volunteered at Riley High School as a Moneythink financial literacy mentor. She is a member of Pi Delta Phi and is one of the two undergraduate who received the Walter Langford Award for Excellence in the Romance Languages Department.

Upon graduation, Elisa is relocating to D.C to work as a paralegal as she considers going to Law School or working in International Development.

Jens Henrik Munthe-Kaas

Jens Henrik Munthe-Kaas

  • Areas of Study: Economics; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; Business Economics
  • Hometown: Oslo, Norway

Before college, Jens served two years as a sergeant and squad-leader in the Norwegian Panzer-Battalion (Assault Squadron 4), where he specialized in mechanized infantry warfare and leadership; he graduated with high distinction. Jens then moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he worked with the social project Karanba to study how marginalized children from the suburbs of Rio break out of structural, social immobility. While in Brazil, Jens also wrote three research papers that analyzed the relationship between sports and international development programs.

In the summer of 2015, Jens returned to Brazil to assist Karanba with new programs, specifically the implementation of vocational training programs, and later worked with a Luxembourgish bank. Jens spent the summer of 2016 working in a Norwegian private equity firm based in Oslo due to his interest in business development and entrepreneurship. He returned to Oslo for his Professional Venture summer to intern with Altor Equity Partners. After graduation, Jens will work in Allocation Strategies for Norges Bank Investment Management (the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund) in London and Oslo, as a part of their Investment Talent Programme, handling the macroeconomic exposure and strategic allocation of the fund.

Loren Park

Loren Park

  • Areas of Study: Political Science
  • Hometown: Cypress, CA

In high school, Loren served as the vice president of Oxford Academy’s speech and debate team, the 2013 policy captain, and the congress captain throughout her sophomore and junior years. She qualified to compete at the speech and debate state and national qualifiers. A piano player for more than twelve years, Loren received awards at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has also played the trumpet for seven years and was a member of the Symphony Orchestra & Wind Ensemble with whom she played at Carnegie Hall. In her high school’s band, she was the brass section leader in 2013 and the first chair trumpet from 2010-2013.

Loren, who is active with Notre Dame’s Right to Life Club, volunteered with New York State Right to Life for her Social Justice Summer Experience. She conducted independent research on Canada's K-12 education system for her Global Inquiry summer in Ottawa, Canada. In the summer of 2017, Loren interned at the Canadian Parliament under MP Cathay Wagantail (Conservative, Yorkton-Melville), where she spent time working on veteran affairs, women's rights in Canada, and comparing legislation in Canada to legislation in America.

On campus, Loren serves as a Diversity Council representative for the Chinese Culture and Society Club, the vice president of the Legue of Legends Club, and the treasurer for Mending Minds. She is also a member of Quiz Bowl Club and debate team and volunteers at the Center for the Homeless and Healthwin in South Bend.

Jennifer Prosser

Jennifer Prosser

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Political Science; International Business Certificate
  • Hometown: Oak Hill, VA

Jen was a finance and political science double major with an international business certificate and a passion for employing business solutions to social problems. At Notre Dame she led an impact investing group within Unleashed, was involved with Student International Business Council projects, mentored in an entrepreneurship class at the Robinson Community Learning Center, and co-authored an international business ethics case published in the 2017 Journal of Business Ethics Education. In her free time, Jen captained the club field hockey team and worked for Fighting Irish Media. She also served as the community engagement officer for the World Hunger Coalition.

For her social justice summer, Jen served as a social policy intern at Catholic Charities USA in Washington, D.C. For her global inquiry, she explored the relationship between public and private investment in community programs as a social enterprise analyst at The Difference Incubator in Melbourne, Australia. After spending her junior spring semester in London, Jen was a summer analyst in Goldman Sachs’ investment management division in New York City for her professional venture. She will be returning full-time after graduation.

Natasha Reifenberg

Natasha Reifenberg

  • Areas of Study: Philosophy; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE); Glynn Family Honors Program; Hesburgh Program in Public Service
  • Hometown: South Bend, IN

At Notre Dame, Natasha is the executive producer for Show Some Skin. In addition, Natasha is a member of the Kellogg International Scholars Program where she works as a research assistant for Professor Doug Cassel. In this role, she's researched the the peace process in Colombia, court cases for torture victims, and efforts to decrease impunity and corruption in El Salvador and Honduras. Natasha, who is fluent in Spanish, is an official interpreter for the National Immigrant Justice Center. Natasha is active in the South Bend community and created an educational program at the Youth Services Bureau with scholar Alexis Doyle focused on sexual health, mental health, and other areas of well-being. She also started an aerobic exercise program for females at the Juvenile Justice Center in South Bend. 

Natasha spent her Social Justice summer interning with the Global Fund for Women in San Francisco, California, and the fall semester of 2015 studying abroad in Santiago, Chile. For her Global Inquiry summer, Natasha worked as a research assistant for Professor Jocelyn Viterna in Harvard University's Sociology Department in Cambridge, MA. She still works for Professor Viterna researching gender biases in legal processes in El Salvador. She interned at the United Nations Development Program in DC during the summer of 2017.

Julio Salazar

Julio Salazar

  • Areas of Study: Political Science; Education, Schooling, and Society
  • Hometown: Morristown, TN

Julio Salazar has always been driven by his fierce passion for education and equitable access to high-level schooling for all students. At Notre Dame, Julio studied Political Science in order to understand policy and theory while also taking education courses to gain a deeper sense of the field in the United States.

Julio has been mainly concerned about equal access, diverse learning in spaces and populations, and defending public schools. To that end, he will enroll at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University to pursue a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education this summer. He will graduate the following year (June 2019) and begin teaching 2nd grade in the Metro Nashville Public School system. Julio will remain a lifelong educator and involved in education policy.

 

Julia  Szromba

Julia Szromba

  • Areas of Study: Philosophy; Film, Television, and Theatre; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

Julia is passionate about film's ability to promote social change in society. She spent her Social Justice summer in Atlanta, Georgia filming a documentary for Habitat for Humanity in celebration of the nonprofit’s 60th anniversary. She interviewed homeowners helped by Habitat’s mission of affordable housing and visited the farm in Americus, Georgia where the global organization was conceived.

After her sophomore year, Julia pursued her interest in criminal justice reform and spent a summer doing research with St. Leonard’s Ministries located on Chicago’s south side. St. Leonard’s is a rehabilitation center for previously incarcerated men that offers job training, substance abuse therapy, and GED certification. Julia created a short film exploring why St. Leonard’s has a recidivism rate over 50 percent lower than the national average.

During her junior year, Julia worked with fellow Hesburgh-Yusko scholar John Haley to create Respectfully, Tony, a documentary about a man who was released from prison after 40 years, 11 of which were spent on death row. The documentary screened at nearly a dozen film festivals around the country including the Fine Cut Film Festival and the Nevada City Film Festival. Julia also completed a senior thesis titled Calls From Home, a documentary about a radio station in rural Kentucky that connects incarcerated men with their loved ones on the outside. In 2018, Julia was awarded the Broad Avenue Nonfiction Filmmakers Award by the FTT department.

After graduation, Julia began working as Assistant Editor at O’Malley Creadon Productions, a documentary production company in Los Angeles, California.

 

Margaret Thomann

Margaret Thomann

  • Areas of Study: Computer Science
  • Hometown: Staten Island, NY

As a rising junior in high school, Maggie studied at MIT for four weeks taking classes in computer science, electrical engineering, and discrete mathematics. She has run an online graphic design business since her sophomore year in high school, designing web banners, business cards and profile pictures for shops specializing in handmade and vintage goods online. She continues to grow her business, which has made more than 900 sales.

For her Wilderness Leadership Experience, Maggie Spent 22 days backpacking, rock-climbing and whitewater canoeing in the Pisgah Forest in North Carolina with Outward Bound. Maggie spent her Social Justice summer in Chicago volunteering as a Teaching Assistant for Girls Who Code, a computer science education organization that empowers young women to enter the STEM field. During her sophomore year at Notre Dame, Maggie served as a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Engineering class. For her Global Inquiry Summer, she worked for Mxit Trust in Stellenbosch, South Africa, through a USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship.

Maggie studied abroad in London during the fall 2016 semester where she interned at PowerStation Studies, a graphic design firm. She spent her Professional Venture summer working as an application developer intern at Credit Suisse in New York City, NY.

Senay Tilahun

Senay Tilahun

  • Areas of Study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Senay helped to organize the first-ever African Leadership Academy (ALA) Model African Union (ALAMAU 2014) and served as financial director. As an ALA peer counselor, he provided guidance and support to first-year students, helping as they adapted to the ALA environment. At ALA, he was part of a team called Angaza, which was a student-run enterprise that created concept-based games to teach underprivileged children.

For his Social Justice summer, Senay learned more about how to empower youth to use their critical thinking skills as well as how to improve their learning environments through a placement with the Terrain for Interactive Pedagogy in Mauritius. He spent his Global Inquiry summer in Beijing, China, working on integrating a Virtual Reality system with medical images to help medical professionals view and interact with human anatomy, which resulted in the creation of prototype software. The project was a joint effort between the Notre Dame China Engineering Program at Tsinghua University and General Electric. 

Senay studied abroad in London during the fall semester of his junior year. He spent his Professional Venture summer working for the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem, which helps engineer solutions to environmental challenges in the South Bend community.

Emily  Vincent

Emily Vincent

  • Areas of Study: Anthropology; Chinese
  • Hometown: Morristown, NJ

For her Wilderness Leadership experience, Emily completed a 22-day mountaineering and rock-climbing trip in Colorado’s Gore Mountain Range. Following her freshman year, she volunteered with the administrative team of Chunmiao Little Flower, a private orphanage in Beijing that provides care for abandoned children with disabilities. For her Global Inquiry summer, Emily received a grant from the Roberts Endowment for Undergraduate Research in East Asia through CUSE to conduct independent research on the importance and function of foreign NGOs in China.

For her Professional Venture summer, Emily interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs’ Office of Public Diplomacy. Emily was chosen to serve as co-president of the World Hunger Coalition for the 2017-2018 academic year, an on-campus club that raises money to fight hunger.

Emily used the experiences from her HYSP summers to author her senior honors thesis, entitled: “Filling the Gap: Situating Abandonment, Disabilities, and Foreign NGOs in China’s Cultural Context.” She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society, and the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology. Emily was awarded The Liu Family Distinguished Achievement Award in Asian Studies upon her graduation.

After graduation, Emily will be pursuing a Master’s in China Studies at the Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing, China.

Yuchen Zou

Yuchen Zou

  • Areas of Study: Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS); Economics; Political Science; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Shenyang, China

Yuchen Zou is an ACMS (Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics) and Economics double major at the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, the Greater China Scholars Program, and the Glynn Family Honors Program. In 2014, Yuchen was selected as the only full-scholarship recipient of the University’s Li Ka Shing Foundation Greater China Scholarship. She is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon national honor societies.

On campus, Yuchen is actively involved in activities that address pressing social concerns. During her final semester at Notre Dame, she participated in the Center for Social Concern's L' Arche community program, where she advocated for people with intellectual disabilities and spent her spring break in a group-home organization for people with and without intellectual disabilities in Arlington, Virginia. During her semester abroad in Dublin, Yuchen volunteered at Special Olympics Ireland, where she assisted the Special Olympics athletes in weekly training sessions. In addition, she also interned for the St. Joseph County's Prosecutor's Office, where she helped fight against domestic violence and child abuse, served as an after-school tutor for the children with limited study resources in South Bend,  and participated in the Appalachia service seminar.

At Notre Dame, Yuchen is involved with the Student International Business Council (SIBC), and was selected as one of two students to represent Notre Dame as an intern with the Social Entrepreneur Corps in Ecuador during summer 2015. As part of the program, Yuchen spent eight weeks traveling in rural Ecuador, offering economic empowerment tools for grassroots social entrepreneurs. Yuchen spent summer 2016 working in public finance at Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee, WI. She studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, during the spring 2017 semester. For her final Hesburgh-Yusko summer experience she interned for J.P. Morgan in New York City. After graduation, Yuchen will be working full-time as an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan in New York.