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 trains and educates homeless and underprivileged children in Jamaica. For his Global Inquiry summer, he worked for the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem in South Bend.

In his free time, Varishth enjoys playing for the Soccer Club 2.0 and working on expanding his company, Adventures in the Tropics.

Nicholas Courtney

Nicholas Courtney

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

Nick, the valedictorian of his graduating high school class, co-founded International Micro-Loans of Buffalo, a nonprofit organization that has distributed more than $40,000 in loans to impoverished small business owners around the world. At Notre Dame, Nick served as a financial literacy mentor and helped develop a marketing program for the Ronald McDonald House Charity in South Bend with the BaseND Club. Nick has also 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.

As a freshman, he and his brother conducted a research trip in Panama and Nicaragua to explore how the construction of the Nicaragua Canal will impact local communities. Nick spent his Social Justice summer 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). For his Global Inquiry summer, he received a grant through the Nanovic Institute's Snider Family Endowment for Excellence in European Studies to explore the current state of the refugee crisis in Europe and its global implications.


Margaret Crawford

Margaret Crawford

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

Margaret spent her Wilderness Leadership summer in Maine sailing along the coast and backpacking. For her Social Justice summer, she worked as an intern and project manager for the Bowman Creek Project, a collaboration between several universities and the City of South Bend to solve environmental infrastructure problems faced by the city in a way that benefitted the neighborhood in which the project operates. Through this project, she was able to help engineer solutions to her community's problems in innovative ways.

This fall, she was awarded a Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) grant in order to research smart city infrastructure in Dublin, Ireland, in a interdisciplinary project with an international economics major and a psychology major. She also continued her work with the city of South Bend by interning for South Bend's Office of Innovation for most of the year. She is furthermore involved in interhall and intermural sports, McGlinn Hall Council, and the Society of Women Engineers on campus. For her Global Inquiry summer, Margaret conducted mechanical engineering research at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Alcoy, Spain.

Nikhil Garg

Nikhil Garg

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

Passionate about civic engagement through enterprise solutions, Nikhil enjoys applying his quantitatively inclined mind to different programs in and around the South Bend community. Continuing to serve on the board of Project BEST, a STEM education nonprofit he co-founded in high school, and FairED, a university-student led startup that provides college mentoring services to socioeconomically disadvantaged students, Nikhil enjoys working with businesses that directly benefit his community. 

At Notre Dame, Nikhil serves as the CFO for the Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion, a campus micro finance institution that provides low interest consumer loans as an alternative to predatory payday lending in the South Bend community. He is also involved with an independent research project sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement and the Nanovic Institute for European students on the Eurozone Crisis and the identity issues associated with the European Union. 

For his Social Justice Summer, Nikhil traveled to South Africa where he interned with TechnoServe in their Enterprise Development division. There, he worked on technical research reports and developed financial models for a consumer fashion retail outlet that serves as a market access point for TechnoServe’s in-housed fashion entrepreneurs. For the summer after his sophomore year, Nikhil worked as a venture capital intern with Accion International in Washington D.C., where he analyzed financial inclusion technology startups.  

At Notre Dame, Nikhil is also involved with the Moneythink, Unleashed, Swing Dancing, and Table Tennis clubs. 

John Haley

John Haley

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

John, an AP Scholar with Distinction, was the two-time captain of the Mankato Debate Team and two-time qualifier for the National History Day Competition for his research on Shays’ Rebellion and Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense.” As a representative on his hometown’s student advisory board, he voiced the interests of students to the district school board. As the co-president of DECA, a business education program that offers students the opportunity to participate in competitive events designed to replicate real-life business scenarios, John and his team qualified for the International Career Development Conference. Throughout high school, John volunteered with Project 4 Teens, where he educated elementary and middle school students on the importance of making healthy decisions and overcoming peer pressure.

For his Wilderness Leadership Experience, John spent three weeks backpacking Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota and kayaking on Lake Superior. He spent summer 2015 volunteering for Art Works Projects, an organization that uses arts to raise awareness of human rights issues. John spent his Global Inquiry summer interning for Photojournalist Jake Price in New York City.

On campus, he is involved in the International Scholars Program, the Human Development Conference, Scholastic Magazine, and the Dean's Fellows of the College of Arts and Letters. 

Catherine Hayes

Catherine Hayes

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

In high school, Cassi 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.

At Notre Dame, Cassi is a volunteer tutor and member of the Ski and Snowboarding Club. Cassi enjoys photography, snowboarding, and cooking. She spent summer 2015 volunteering with HELP international in Piura, Peru.

During her Global Inquiry summer, Cassi served as an education intern at the Stone Barnes Center for Food and Agriculture in New York. 

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 varsity 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 works at the Notre Dame Investment Office in addition to being a member of the Undergraduate Investment Club and Wall Street Club. Colin also volunteers at the Center for the Homeless. He spent his Wilderness Leadership Experience in Colorado with Outward Bound. For his Social Justice summer, he volunteered with Glorious, a nonprofit that aims to break the cycle of poverty through education. Colin worked with the micro-loan arm of the organization in Arusha, Tanzania.

Colin spent summer 2016 working for Bridger Capital, a New York based investment firm, doing financial markets research focused on the Asian and European markets.

Aline Irihamye

Aline Irihamye

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

Aline, a National Achievement Finalist, was the recipient of the 2013 William H. Ramsey Award for Academics, Leadership, and Cooperation at the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science at MIT. At the Gatton Academy she served as a peer mentor to first-year students, helping to provide them with a smooth transition both academically and socially.

During her first two years at Notre Dame, Aline has been pursuing a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Science, Technology, and Values. 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 will serve as a Director of Programming for three committees in her junior year. Aline is also very involved in her dorm serving as a Multicultural Commissioner last year and she will be a Welcome Weekend co-captain this August.

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.

Patrick LeBlanc

Patrick LeBlanc

  • Areas of Study: Mathematics
  • Hometown: Brielle, NJ

In high school, Patrick, a National Merit Finalist, worked as a counselor and special presenter for the Positive for Life Foundation, where he taught goal setting and life management skills to middle school students.  He has researched limited diffraction beams in the quantum information sciences at The MITRE Corporation, and during the summer of 2013 he interned at NJIT to mathematically model the motion of superparamagnetic particles in magnetic drug targeting.  The Captain of the High Tech Quizbowl team, the fifth best in the country, he participated in two National All Star Academic Tournaments.  As an Eagle Scout, Patrick renovated the children’s section of the Brielle Public Library, served as a senior patrol leader, and aided in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. 

At Notre Dame, Patrick volunteers at the Center for the Homeless and is a member of the Quizbowl Club. He spent his Social Justice summer conducting research for the policy division at Catholic Charities USA. For his Global Inquiry summer, he served as a researcher for the Seminar of Undergraduate Mathmateical Research at the University of Notre Dame.

Timothy Machasio

Timothy Machasio

  • Areas of Study: Economics; Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics; Actuarial Science
  • Hometown: Nairobi, KY

Timothy, an African Leadership Academy graduate and a 2014 Global Teen Leader, spent his summer before reporting to Notre Dame running and mentoring participants in the second edition of the Teen Entrepreneurship Summit, a summer school for young Kenyan entrepreneurs for which he is director. He then spent three weeks in the Maine North Woods as his Hesburgh-Yusko Wilderness Leadership Experience, an experience he found deeply rewarding.

He has already found his niche in the Notre Dame campus – he serves as a peer advocate in the Student Government, is an avid member of the Ultimate Frisbee and Actuarial Science Clubs, and was recently appointed as the senior vice president for legal affairs and finance at FairED, a 501c(3) organization co-founded by one of his HYSP colleagues. In spring 2015, an article he authored, “Africa Needs Your Faith, Not Your Pity,” was published in The World Post, a partnership of the Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute.

Timothy continues to work with Oyama, a Pan-African crowd-sourcing platform that he co-founded to identify and fund social entrepreneurs from around the continent. For his Social Justice summer, he split his time working for ITN America in Portland, ME, and eKutir in Bhunbaneswar, India, where he learned how social entrepreneurship and impact investing can be used as tools to eradicate penury. Timothy spent summer 2016 interning with Google-Kenya in Nairobi.

Michael McRoskey

Michael McRoskey

  • Areas of Study: Computer Science; Digital Media Concentration; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Hometown: Solana Beach, CA

Michael is the president and founder of The Red Bag, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that empowers consumers to help the homeless through care packages that cost $5. Since it’s inception in 2012, The Red Bag has helped more than 10,000 homeless men and women across the nation. During summer 2015, Michael traveled across the United States expanding The Red Bag to new markets.

At St. Augustine High School, Michael served as student body executive president, student retreat director, editor of the school newspaper, and five-sport athlete. Michael attended the International Boys’ School Coalition, a consortium of thirty-three domestic and international students focused on service and global politics.

While at Notre Dame, Michael pitched The Red Bag to Kevin O’Leary from the ABC show “Shark Tank” and won a team pitch competition for the impact-investing club Unleashed. Michael has also served as the Director of Campus Technology in Student Government, an intern in the Office of Information Technology, and video producer/photographer for several on-campus clubs. He continues to develop, a platform for his upcoming documentary on the children of the refugee crisis. 

For his Global Inquiry summer, he and scholar Nick Courtney received a grant through the Nanovic Institute's Snider Family Endowment for Excellence in European Studies to explore the current state of the refugee crisis in Europe and its global implications.

Elisabeth Mukayuhi

Elisabeth Mukayuhi

  • Areas of Study: International Economics
  • Hometown: Rubavu, 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. The group earned enough money selling bracelets to fund the first-ever EmoART summer camp. In the summer of 2013, Elisa interned at Equity Bank, a financial services provider headquartered in Nairobi. There, she developed a strong interest in micro-finance and an understanding of the need for financial literacy in Rwanda. During her time at Notre Dame, she hopes to explore the ways through which micro-finance can be used to improve people’s living standards in Rwanda.

For her Global Inquiry summer, Elisa interned for the Rwandan Development Board in Kigali, Rwanda. She spent summer 2015 volunteering with child education programs and sustainable farming initiatives in Urubamba, Peru through Peru Volunteer and Travel. For her Wilderness Leadership Experience, Elisa took a sailing course in Maine.

On campus, Elisa serves as an International Ambassador as well as a Diversity Council representative for the African Student Association.

Jens Henrik Munthe-Kaas

Jens Henrik Munthe-Kaas

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

At Notre Dame, Jens works with several entrepreneurship and financial inclusion programs, including ProMazo and Moneythink, and wants to use these experiences to initiate a shift towards entrepreneurship at Notre Dame. 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 completed a study on social mobility and constructed 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. 

Loren Park

Loren Park

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

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.

On campus, Loren serves as a Diversity Council representative for the Chinese Culture and Society 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 in South Bend.

Jennifer Prosser

Jennifer Prosser

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

In high school, Jen was on the management team of her high school’s writing center, she was the founder and president of Oakton Tutors, a program that sends high school students to tutor at local elementary schools, and she developed lesson plans and taught English and life skills at a village school in the Dominican Republic with OutReach 360.

At Notre Dame, Jen works in the Athletic Media Relations Office and is involved with the International Research Development Council and the Student International Business Council. She also volunteers at the Robinson Community Learning Center and serves as a project leader for Notre Dame's impact-investing club, Unleashed, and vice president of Notre Dame's Club Field Hockey team. 

Jen volunteered as a Policy Intern with Catholic Charities USA for her Social Justice summer. For her Global Inquiry summer, she traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to intern at a social enterprise incubator and research how public policy supports impact investing.

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

Natasha, the salutatorian of her graduating class, received the 2014 Literary and Spanish Achievement Award for her high school and successfully completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma track. During her Mock Trial career she won the Best Witness Award and a nomination for Best Attorney at State Finals. She also got involved in local politics while campaigning for the current South Bend Mayor. Subsequently, she served as the unofficial Hispanic liaison for his office, translating documents and assisting in communications with the city’s Hispanic population.

While interning with three other high school leaders at the Partners In Health headquarters in Boston, she co-authored a guide for effective involvement centered on creating a tangible medium to mobilize and motivate teenage students. She then founded John Adams High School for Partners in Health to fundraise and raise awareness for the organization.

At Notre Dame, Natasha is the executive producer for Show Some Skin, serves on the legal team for JIFFI, and is a student leader for the Gender Relations Center. She is also on the executive board for Stage for Change, a non-profit organization aimed at expanding the Show Some Skin model to other universities. In addition, Natasha is a member of the Kellogg International Scholars Program, where she works as a research assistant for Professor Doug Cassel, researching the peace process in Colombia and court cases for torture victims.

Natasha spent her Social Justice summer interning with the Global Fund for Women in San Francisco, California, and spent fall semester 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.

Julio Salazar

Julio Salazar

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

In 2013, Julio served as the president of both the Tennessee Beta Club and Tennessee’s Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE). He also served as the 2013-14 steering committee student representative for the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education, an organization that supports reform efforts throughout the state of Tennessee, aimed at enhancing student achievement and equipping students to succeed in college and beyond.

Since matriculating at Notre Dame, Julio has continued his work with SCOPE and was named an Exemplary Member of 2014. Julio is involved in many activities on campus, including PrismND, BridgeND, Campus and Dorm Ministry, Latino Student Alliance, and the Band of the Fighting Irish. In the band, Julio has traveled to Tallahassee, Death Valley, and the 2014 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. He also plays in the concert and commencement bands.

Julio spent the summer of 2015 at Casa Nicolas, a mission of the Archdiocese of Monterrey, Mexico, which takes in Central American refugees. He recorded stories about immigrant journeys and documented the real life struggles of undocumented migrants. 

Julio's sophomore year saw him become more involved in the South Bend community. He now has researched St. Adalbert Catholic School, partnered with LaSalle Intermediate students at the NDCAC, began to coach Girls on the Run at Holy Cross Catholic School (inaugural male coach in Michiana), and has begun to hold community in West South Bend.

He spent his Global Inquiry summer interning for the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) in Nashville, TN.

Julio aspires to study with the Alliance for Catholic Education and hopes to advance public school mission in Tennessee and across the nation.

Julia  Szromba

Julia Szromba

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

Julia, a National Merit Finalist, served as the social justice leader in her parish youth group, and spent three summers as a work tour volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. She was the 2013-14 head chair for the Model United Nations club at her high school. In 2012, Julia received fifth place in the National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C., for her documentary detailing the Federal Art Project, the first federally-sponsored public arts program in the nation’s history. She also designed an independent study program the following year, which allowed her to create another documentary examining the lives of a group of artists working in New York City at the turn of the century.

Julia worked with Habitat for Humanity’s marketing team during summer 2015 to create a new documentary for the organization. For her Global Inquiry summer, she created a short documentary on St. Leonard's Ministry, a halfway house located on the south side of Chicago that serves formerly incarcerated men and women with rehabilitation programs and job training. 

On campus, she is co-president of Notre Dame's chapter of Building Tomorrow, which is a global education club that raises money to build primary schools in Uganda. 

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 800 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. At Notre Dame, Maggie is majoring in Computer Science and is considering the five year MBA/Engineering program.

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 assitant 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.

Senay Tilahun

Senay Tilahun

  • Areas of Study: Aerospace 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, conducting research for the Notre Dame China Engineering Program at Tsinghua University.

Emily  Vincent

Emily Vincent

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

In high school, Emily was the recipient of the Presidential Service Award for her more than 100 hours of service at the China Little Flower Orphanage in Beijing. During her time there, she provided general infant care, assisted in physical therapy, and taught English.  She was also the recipient of the Yale Book Award, an honor granted to a student who displays “outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.”

For her Wilderness Leadership experience, Emily completed a 22-day mountaineering and rock-climbing trip in Colorado’s Gore Mountain Range. For her Social Justice summer, she worked with the Chunmiao Little Flower Orphanage’s administrative team in Beijing. 

Emily was chosen to serve on the executive board of the World Hunger Coalition, an on-campus club that raised over $30,000 during the past academic year to fight hunger. She was also selected to present on a student panel to authors of the Chinese language textbook series Integrated Chinese and leading Chinese language pedagogues from across the country during the Chinese Pedagogical Workshop hosted on campus. Emily works as an online content specialist for Undergraduate Admissions. For her Global Inquiry summer, Emily received a grant from the Roberts Undergraduate Research Endowment in East Asian Studies through CUSE to conduct independent research on the importance and function of foreign NGOs in 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 was the founder and president of the Northeast Yucai School French Society, founded the school’s first Mathematical Modeling Club, and organized discussions centered on the use of mathematics to address real-life issues and how to introduce mathematics into local communities through various outreach programs. An avid pianist for 12 years, Yuchen was the piano accompanist for her high school choir. She also volunteered at the Shenyang Children Welfare Center where she initiated donation campaigns, mentored children who were abandoned at birth, and developed close bonds with them.

Yuchen Zou was selected as the University of Notre Dame’s 2014 Li Ka Shing Foundation Greater China Scholar.  Yuchen is involved with Notre Dame’s 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 her Social Justice summer in Ecuador, offering pro bono consulting services for local grassroots organizations. She spent summer 2016 working in public finance at Robert W. Baird.

On campus, Yuchen is actively involved in the Student International Business Council and the Worker's Participation Committee. She also interns for the St. Joseph County's Prosecutor's Office, where she helps fight against domestic violence and child abuse.