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, 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.

In his free time, Varishth enjoys playing for 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 state of the refugee crisis in Europe and its global implications.

Nick spent summer 2017 as a management consulting intern for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in Chicago, IL.

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 Educational Ecosystem, a collaboration between several universities and the City of South Bend to solve environmental infrastructure problems faced by the city in a way that benefits 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.

In the fall of her sophomore year Margaret 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.  For her Global Inquiry summer, Margaret conducted mechanical engineering research at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Alcoy, Spain. Throughout her junior year, she was involved in additive manufacturing research with the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department. She is furthermore involved in interhall and intramural sports, McGlinn Hall Council, and the Society of Women Engineers on campus. 

Margaret spent her Professional Venture summer interning with Sherman + Reilly, Textron, in Chattanooga, TN.

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 microfinance 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 Studies 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. After his sophomore year, Nikhil worked as an intern at Accion International's venture capital fund in Washington D.C., where he analyzed financial technology startups promoting financial inclusion in emerging markets. Nikhil spent his Professional Venture summer interning at Bain Capital in their credit fund as a summer credit analyst. 

John Haley

John Haley

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

In high school, 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 the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota and kayaking on Lake Superior. He spent summer 2015 volunteering for Art Works Projects, an organization that uses art to raise awareness of human rights issues. John spent his Global Inquiry summer interning for Photojournalist Jake Price in New York City. John studied abroad in London as a London Kennedy Scholar during spring semster 2017.

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. John’s 2017 short documentary film Respectfully, Tony was a finalist in the 2017 Fine Cut Festival of Films. John interned with CBS News Washington during summer 2017. 

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.

Cassi 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. She spent the spring semester of her junior year studying Spanish in Toledo, Spain. For her Professional Venture summer, she interned with La Cocina, an organization that helps low-income food entrepreneurs grow their businesses, 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.

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 volunteers at the Center for the Homeless. During his junior year, Colin worked at the Notre Dame Investment Office and studied abroad during the spring semester in London

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, 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.

Aline is pursuing a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Science, Technology, and Values at Notre Dame. 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 in her junior year. Aline is also very involved in her dorm, where she has served as multicultural commissioner and Welcome Weekend co-captain.

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 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. 

Patrick LeBlanc

Patrick LeBlanc

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

Patrick spent his Wilderness Leadership summer backpacking in the Colorado Rockies, and wholeheartedly recommends the experience.  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 (MBI) at Ohio State University where he conducted research in mathematical neuroscience under the direction of Associate Director Janet Best.  

Patrick is also 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. 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. Outside of research, Patrick served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Math Reasoning – a course designed to introduce students to proof-based mathematics. He is also the vice-president of the Quiz Bowl Club, a member of the Kung Fu Club, and a periodic contributor to The Observer.  

Patrick plans to further his study of mathematics, philosophy, and theology during his senior year at Notre Dame. After graduation he intends to pursue a doctorate in applied mathematics.

Timothy Machasio

Timothy Machasio

  • Areas of Study: Economics
  • 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 for his Hesburgh-Yusko Wilderness Leadership Experience, an experience he found deeply rewarding.

At Notre Dame, Timothy serves as a peer advocate in Student Government, is an avid member of the Ultimate Frisbee and Actuarial Science Clubs, and served 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. For his Professional Venture summer, he served as an intern for Boston Consulting Group in Chicago.

Michael McRoskey

Michael McRoskey

  • Areas of Study: Computer Science
  • 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.

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. In 2017, Michael presented his documentary about this experience, Vis-a-Vis, at a student conference sponsored by the State Department in Washington D.C. On campus, he organized a flash panel on migration with Student Government after President Trump's executive orders were signed. He spent fall semester 2016 studying abroad in London. 

Michael spent his Professional Venture summer interning with Google in their headquarters in Mountain View, CA. 

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 microfinance and an understanding of the need for financial literacy in Rwanda. Elisa continues to explore the ways through which microfinance can be used to improve people’s living standards in Rwanda.

For her Professional Venture summer, Elisa interned for the African Leadership University's School of Business Pan-African MBA Program in Kigali, Rwanda. The previous summer, she also interned in Kigali, where she worked for the Rwandan Development Board. 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 Economics; Business Economics
  • Hometown: Oslo, Norway

At Notre Dame, Jens works with several entrepreneurship and financial inclusion programs, including ProMazo and Moneythink, where he serves as co-president. He 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 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. 

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

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 volunteers at the Robinson Community Learning Center.  She also serves as a project leader for Notre Dame's impact-investing club, Unleashed, vice president of Notre Dame's Club Field Hockey team, and community engagement officer for the World Hunger Coalition. She studied abroad in London during spring 2017.

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.

In 2016 she worked with a former UN and IMF Chief Ethics Officer to research and write a case study on ethical sourcing and business development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which will be published in the 2017 Journal of Business Ethics Education

She intered with Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York City for her Professional Venture summer, developing strategic advisory solutions for multi-asset class investors. 

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 and serves on the legal team for JIFFI. 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 and Alexis 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 U.S. Department of State Office of the Western Hemisphere Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor during summer 2017.

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 starting at Notre Dame, Julio has been involved in many activities on campus, including PrismND, BridgeND, Campus and Dorm Ministry, RecSports, and the Band of the Fighting Irish. He is the co-director of the Art of Manliness series in Morrissey Manor, his dorm. 

Julio spent the summer of 2015 volunteering 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. 

During Julio's sophomore year, he became more involved in the South Bend community. He researched St. Adalbert Catholic School, partnered with LaSalle Intermediate students at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, began to coach Girls on the Run at Holy Cross Catholic School (inaugural male coach in Michiana), and got involved in the South Bend West Side community.

Julio spent his Global Inquiry summer interning for the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) in Nashville, TN. There, he conducted education research and helped advise policy in the Tennessee General Assembly and the Governor's Office. 

Julio interned at CBS News while studying in Washington, D.C., during the fall 2016 semester. In the spring, he was named a manager for RecSports and a head coach of Girls on the Run. He spent his last Hesburgh-Yusko summer experience interning for the Tennessee Democratic Party in Nashville, TN, where Julio hopes to live after graduation.  

Julia  Szromba

Julia Szromba

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

Julia spent the spring 2017 semester studying abroad in London. For her Professional Venture summer, she worked for O'Malley-Creadon Productions in Los Angeles as a production assistant and editing intern for an upcoming documentary feature about Father Ted Hesburgh.

On campus, she is 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 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 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.

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

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. She returned to Chunmiao Little Flower Orphanage for her Social Justice summer to volunteer with their administrative team in Beijing. 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.

Emily received funding from the Glynn Family Honors Program to attend a conference at Princeton University during fall break of her junior year titled "How and Why Language Learning is Useful in China Careers." She studied abroad in Shanghai during the spring 2017 semester. 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. She was selected to participate on a student panel for 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.

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 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. 

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.