Class of 2022
- Areas of Study: Political Science, American Politics or Political Theory
- Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Patrick Aimone is a Political Science major from Long Beach, CA who is passionate about immigration policy and promoting political engagement. He developed a passion for politics and civic engagement in high school, when he served as the Southern California governor of the Junior State of America, a student-run nonpartisan political activism organization. As governor, he made programs such as Spanish-language debate resources and matching opportunities with local advocacy organizations available to over 2,000 students. A nationally successful high school Lincoln-Douglas debater, Patrick established a debate program at a local middle school to expand the availability of similar opportunities. He graduated from Servite High School as valedictorian of his class and a National Merit Scholar.
At Notre Dame, Patrick is active in the political scene, with leadership positions in BridgeND, NDVotes, and College Democrats, and is currently leading an initiative to enhance collaboration between Notre Dame's political clubs and provide policy research project opportunities to students. He has also worked on several local campaigns, including as Field Director for a successful first-time candidate for an at-large city council seat. His academic interests include constitutional law and American political thought, and he is also active on the ACC-championship-winning parliamentary debate team.
Due to his passion for immigration justice issues, Patrick spent his Social Justice summer in Nogales, Arizona, working with Kino Border Initiative, a transnational Jesuit humanitarian organization that provides direct assistance to migrants and educational programming to students across the U.S.
Camila Antelo Iriarte
- Areas of Study: Political Science
- Hometown: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Camila is a Political Science and Economics double major with a minor in Computing and Digital Technologies. As a first-year student, she began volunteering with the National Immigration Justice Center (NIJC). She conducted her own research on asylum with the support of Dr. Brian Collier. This work empowered her to co-organize and contribute to a conference series in Antigua, Guatemala, and Washington D.C. with the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development. The series facilitated relationships among ambassadors, representatives, scholars, and experts and resulted in the production of a policy brief that will be presented on Capitol Hill. Camila has also served as board of the Student International Business Council and member of Catholic Relief Services Ambassador and the Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion. As part of the Kellogg International Scholars Program, Camila continues to dig into big questions concerning Latin America by conducting research on immigration with Fr. Daniel Groody and supporting Fr. Timothy Scully’s research on education.
A graduate of a German school in her home country of Bolivia, Camila served six years as its class president and on the student board, with her final year as student body president. She held multiple roles nationally and internationally in Model UN—including Secretary General in High School and University level while still in school. She also spent seven months working at a social entrepreneurship organization that empowers women by giving them a sustainable source of income.
Camila spent her Social Justice summer volunteering at the Karnes Detention Center in Karnes, Texas. She provided legal assistance to around 120 detained asylum seekers and preparation for credible fear interviews. For her Global Inquiry summer, Camila was selected to be a Sophomore Diversity Leaders Intern at McKinsey & Company in New York, NY.
- Areas of Study: Economics, Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
- Hometown: La Canada, CA
A Financial Economics and Applied Mathematics and Statistics double major, Alessandro hopes to learn about the incentives which guide economic interaction, to gain a deeper understanding for corporate finance and financial markets, and to apply knowledge of computational modeling and programming to the world of finance.
As a result of his deep familial connection and devotion toward the disabled community, Alessandro founded Buddy Beads inc. in 2017. Buddy Beads inc. is a non-profit organization which manufactures merchandise and organizes fundraising campaigns for organizations that benefit individuals with Down Syndrome. In its first contract, Alessandro and his associates raised over twenty-five thousand dollars for RAD camp, a summer camp in Southern California that serves adults and children with disabilities. Alessandro volunteers there every summer.
At Loyola High School, Alessandro was captain of the debate team, three-time recipient of the presidential volunteer service award, an avid pianist, a skilled automotive enthusiast and member of the auto-restoration club.
For his Social Justice summer, Alessandro returned to the Southern California area to work with a young non-profit organization called Down Syndrome Rocks based out of Orange County. The organization’s primary mission is to improve the status of people with Down Syndrome. Alessandro assisted in the development of products to be rolled out on a large scale in order to raise funds while increasing awareness of the organization.
Despite Covid-19 complications, Alessandro will be spending his Global Inquiry summer working remotely for the Vatican Patrons Endowment Council where he will be advising on financing plans for upcoming projects and renovations within Vatican City. For his professional venture summer, Alessandro will be working at Baird in Chicago as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst.
- Areas of Study: Neuroscience and Behavior, Preprofessional Studies
- Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
For the majority of her life, Sarah has been fascinated by the power of medicine and research. After making discoveries based on her own experience, Sarah invented a device called the ViEx™ to help people with debilitating hand conditions. She holds two patents, founded the company Betts Hand Technologies, and started a community outreach program which provides ViEx™ services to those who are homebound or cannot afford to go to a clinic. She is one of seven inventors worldwide chosen to represent the company Patient Innovation in 29 European countries to extend the impact of her device. Wanting to pursue her love of neuroscience, Sarah is currently researching Kabuki Syndrome in Dr. Haldar’s lab at Notre Dame’s Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases.
Sarah is also passionate about violin, which she has been playing since age three. Excited about the universality of music, she won a scholarship to perform and conduct musical workshops in Cuba with local musicians. She is currently a first violinist in the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra and enjoys playing at dorm mass. Sarah was a dedicated alpine ski racer in high school and is now on the Notre Dame Waterski Team.
For her social justice summer, Sarah served young students with neurological disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy. For her global inquiry summer, she will be conducting neuroscience research with Nobel laureates Dr. May-Britt Moser and Dr. Edvard Moser in Norway.
- Areas of Study: Neuroscience & Behavior
- Hometown: Olathe, KS
A graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Devin’s extracurricular activities included serving as Student Body President, peer tutoring, and playing on the varsity soccer and track and field teams. He organized a canned food drive that raised 118,000 items in one week and regularly volunteered with T.E.A.M. Soccer, teaching fundamental soccer skills to children with disabilities. Devin was named a National Merit Scholar and Kansas Governor’s Scholar.
Devin has continued to be involved with student government and education. He served as a freshman class council representative and Sophomore Class Vice President, is an undergraduate teaching fellow for the God and the Good Life philosophy course, and has been involved with The Shirt Project since his freshman year. Devin will lead the project as President during the 2020-2021 school year.
Devin’s research experiences have led him to be interested in early childhood development. During his Social Justice summer, Devin worked with a local non-profit in Accra, Ghana to investigate treatment options for children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. After taking a course focused on the neurobiological consequences of childhood adversity with psychiatrist Dr. Martin Teicher, Devin will be working remotely in his research lab at McLean Hospital to learn neuroimaging analysis techniques for his Global Inquiry summer. On campus, Devin is a research assistant in a cognitive neuroscience lab that studies the effects of sleep and stress on memory. He intends to conduct a senior research project examining the stress response of students with adverse childhood experiences within educational settings. After graduation, Devin hopes to attend medical school to serve underserved communities as a physician-researcher.
- Areas of Study: Computer Science
- Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Ahmed is a Computer Science major at the University of Notre Dame and an African Leadership Academy (ALA) graduate. He was featured as the "Youngest Entrepreneur in Egypt" in Al-Tahrir Journal for creating Awraq, a brainstorming toolkit for business planning, and also won the "Leadership Award" at ALA for developing Kampasi, an online platform to manage student elections and tutoring, among other tasks.
In his undergraduate research with Prof. Chaoli Wang, Ahmed developed, among a team of undergraduate students, GraphVisual, an online tool that helps students in a data visualization class to manipulate graphs and examine them closer. In his work with OIT, he helped build a tool that allows professors to have easier access to their Academic Calendar.
Over the summer of 2019, Ahmed interned with Berkeley Community Media, an NGO that promotes free speech and social justice through the use of media. He also interviewed academics, authors, lawyers, and anthropologists about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the US role in facilitating it through an anti-zionist lens.
- Areas of Study: Neuroscience and Behavior
- Hometown: Valencia, CA
Mithara Kaluarachchi is a Neuroscience and Behavior Pre-Med major and plans on additionally minoring in Gender Studies with a concentration in Science. Mithara currently serves as a student leader for the Students Demand Action Chapter at Notre Dame, is vice president of the Active Minds mental health group on campus, and is Thrive Global’s campus-editor-at-large for Notre Dame. Her primary area of academic focus is understanding the disparities in mental illness and psychiatric healthcare in developing nations and low income communities. She works in Dr. Yoon’s Depression and Emotional Disorders Lab to conduct studies to monitor how major depressive disorders and social anxiety disorders may be problematic in how individuals process the emotional facial expressions of other people.
In high school, Mithara did service heavily focused on women’s rights, and she founded From Their First Breaths (FTFB), an organization that worked on a multitude of projects ranging from developing a comprehensive English toolkit for acid attack survivors to acting as an ambassador for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. Mithara also participated in competitive ballet for ten years during which she struggled with body image issues; after leaving ballet, she founded Transparent Mirrors, an organization that works to bring awareness to eating disorders by clearing up misconceptions and educating others. At Notre Dame, Mithara serves as one of the student leaders organizing Notre Dame's second annual Women's March trip to Washington, D.C.
During summer 2019, Mithara traveled to Liverpool, United Kingdom, where she worked directly with minority women who have experienced domestic violence to better understand how gender-based violence and racial disparities play a role in long-term trauma-rooted mental health issues
- Areas of Study: Architecture
- Hometown: Chicago, IL
Angelica is an Architecture major from Chicago, with an Italian minor, Glynn minor, and intent to pursue a concentration in Furniture Design.
In high school, Angelica spent her time composing music, receiving awards from the CCPA Young Composer’s Competition, CPS Rising Star Honor Roll for Achievement in the Arts, and ILMEA All-State Competition. An avid writer, she received a NCTE Achievement Award, and has been working on a variety of novel, essay, and poetry projects for the past several years; last year, she came in first place in the Snite Museum of Art’s essay competition, and was published in Notre Dame’s “Fresh Writing,” “Re: Visions,” and “The Juggler.” Angelica also serves as the Creative Editor for the student-led journal “Arcadian Dialogues.”
Angelica has enjoyed improving her drawing and painting skills through both the architecture program and her presidency of the Frank Montana Sketching Club. Her architectural activities have also included a library and 3D Makerspace position, the Student Association for Women in Architecture, and the D.H.A.R.M.A. Research Team.
An advocate for gender justice, Angelica works with the Gender Relations Center on campus, through which she implemented an allyship training program. She studied the intersection between architecture and social justice while volunteering with the Y2Y youth homeless shelter this past summer, an experience which has inspired several essays. Angelica hopes to apply this interest to research that explores the social and psychological aspects of design, striving towards her belief that everyone deserves to live somewhere beautiful.
- Areas of Study: Physics
- Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Growing up in major cities around Asia exposed Nicole to various cultures, viewpoints and experiences from a young age. It taught her to be practical yet inquisitive, leading her to pursue a Physics major with a concentration in Applied Physics, and intended minors in Journalism and the Glynn Family Honors Program. Her professional goal is to be a journalist or documentarian with a specific focus on science journalism.
An International Baccalaureate graduate from the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong, Nicole speaks five languages: English, German, French, Cantonese and Mandarin. She was Class Representative for three years before being elected Head Prefect by faculty during her senior year. Outside the classroom, Nicole captained her school’s underwater robotics team and competed twice in the HK Regionals of the IET MATE International ROV Competition. In addition, Nicole was Alto Section Leader of the GSIS Vocalis Chamber choir, performing with them at the International School Choral Music Society (ISCMS) Festival in 2014 and 2015. Nicole was also active in the rink, playing ball hockey, and on the court, playing basketball for the school team throughout middle and high school, and coaching the junior team during her final three.
On campus, Nicole is a basketball official, where she both plays and officiates intramural and interhall basketball games. Additionally, she is a storytelling contributor at Notre Dame International, sharing her insight and experiences at Notre Dame from an international perspective. Nicole was also selected to be a Class of 2022 Greater China Scholar.
During her Social Justice Summer, Nicole was in Namibia, volunteering with the Naankuse Wildlife Foundation and learning about wildlife conservation whilst assisting with their Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation research.
- Areas of Study: Civil Engineering
- Hometown: Boulder, CO
Meredith (Mia) is a Civil Engineering major and is interested in how structural engineering can be applied to global service, particularly how sustainable and resilient development can happen in post-disaster environments. At Notre Dame, Mia has pursued this interest though the Kellogg International Scholars Program, in which she has worked with Dr. Kijewski-Correa to develop a model that will be able to predict structural failures in cities, in the hopes of making preemptive work and disaster response more efficient.
During her Social Justice summer, Mia volunteered in San José, Costa Rica working to build a primary school, which further developed her interest in the crossover between structural engineering and service. Her experience with the Spanish language while in Costa Rica enabled her to work alongside a team at the Pulte Institute for Global Development on a needs assessment project in Piura, Peru this spring. Outside of that project, Mia is a member of the Engineering Leadership Council, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and works as a tour guide on campus.
For her Global Inquiry summer, Mia conducted research on how perceptions of structural safety compare with the actual structural safety of buildings in post-disaster communities. Through this research and into the future, she hopes to continue to develop her knowledge on how resilient structural engineering can be used in the context of global service.
- Areas of Study: Economics, Global Affairs
- Hometown: Kampala, Uganda,
Trevor is a rising junior from Kampala, Uganda. He is an Economics major with a supplementary major in Global (African Studies concentration) and a minor in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE). He is the author of Visions at Dusk, a handbook for Ugandan youth to lead social change. He co-founded Chronix Junior Achievement Co., a waste management firm, to repurpose household waste to charcoal as a cheaper and sustainable alternative to conventional wood fuel. Trevor graduated from the African Leadership Academy in South Africa.
At Notre Dame, Trevor has previously volunteered with the Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion, a student-run organization that works to eliminate predatory loaning by providing affordable credit to members of the South Bend community. He co-chairs the African Students Association’s inaugural Pan-African Youth Conference that is an opportunity for students of African descent across the United States to engage in deliberation critical to understanding Africa. He currently serves as President of the Notre Dame African Students Association.
Trevor is an advocate of economic justice. During summer 2019, Trevor returned to Uganda and volunteered as a Research Assistant with Kulika Uganda to study the effects of market structure on the prices received by smallholder farmers in Uganda. Courtesy of a Glynn Honors Family grant, Trevor is expanding the study to include smallholder coffee farmers in Kenya. Trevor is also part of the Kellogg International Scholars Program where he works with Prof. Jaimie Bleck to study the political participation of African youth.
- Areas of Study: Business Analytics & Film, Television & Theatre
- Hometown: Bangalore, India
Vaibhav Mopidevi, who goes by his nickname Mopi, is an avid Formula 1 follower and adventure enthusiast. He's driven by his desire to learn more about the world of business and film at Notre Dame. Mopi took an unconventional route of a gap year after high school to pursue his interest in travel, film-making, and endurance events. He is the youngest Indian to have taken part in the world's toughest single-day triathlon event - the IRONMAN triathlon, a certified P2 paragliding pilot licensed to take off from any site in the world, and a master rescue scuba diver who enjoys diving with sharks.
In high school, Mopi was elected to student government five years in a row and graduated as school captain, the highest post of honor in his institution. He also co-founded an organization named Umang Bengaluru that assisted in providing sanitary packages to women in rural villages around Bangalore. Mopi was heavily involved in Model UN and debate, captaining his high school team for two years. By the time he graduated, he had competed in over 30 conferences and won an award in every one of them. Some of his major achievements were awards at Harvard Model UN, India, and Ivy League Model UN India. He also served as an Assistant Director alongside students from Harvard University at a conference in Beijing.
On campus he is actively involved in an array of activities, including serving as an associate on the Loan team where his role is to provide micro-loans to those in need from the south bend community, General Partner in the Venture Capital club where he works directly with VC firms and leads teams to analyze live deals, and also serves as the lead videographer for The Shirt Committee and created the official 2020 Virtual Unveiling video. Mopi also has an exciting YouTube channel where he documents his college and travel experiences.
For his Social Justice summer, he interned for a joint project between Macquarie University and The Sydney Institute of Marine Science in Sydney, Australia, called The Living Sea Walls Projects. The project is aimed at conserving and enhancing the habitat of the Harbour walls in Sydney. Mopi worked along with renowned scientists from across Australia. He assisted in bringing Sydney Science Week to life and also spoke at the event which brought together over 400 high school students from across the city to learn about the conservation activities at The Great Barrier Reef and its future.
- Areas of Study: Computer Science
- Hometown: Walpole, MA
When Billy was just sixteen years old, he quit club soccer and abandoned his aspirations to play professionally in order to research cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital. After two years of commuting three hours to the heart of Boston each day, Billy's breakthrough occurred. He solved a 65-year old problem by creating the MAD-Score: a statistical comparison metric for identifying significant cell populations in cancer data that is >25% more accurate than the industry standard and for outlier detection with >95% accuracy.
At Walpole High School he served as junior class president, starred as the main actor for the short film The Gossip Loop, and captained the soccer team after being a member of the varsity team for four years. Over the summer of 2017, Billy created an iOS application for a machine-learning startup that uses IBM Watson to analyze customer behavior in call-centers.
As both a deep learning researcher and a cancer researcher, Billy primarily heads CyTOF data analysis (CyTOF) and discovered why the combination treatment of ICB and epigenetic-modulator drugs is effective at treating resistant prostate tumors when previous methods failed.
Billy was the first-author of the research paper “A Deep Learning Approach to Selecting Representative Time-Steps for Time-Varying Multivariate Data” that was accepted to IEEE Vis 2019, the #1 conference in data visualization. He presented his paper at the conference in Vancouver, Canada this past October. He also was selected for Honorable Mention for the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for 2020.
For his Social Justice summer, Billy volunteered at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) in Sydney, Australia working on Living Seawall, an initiative that installs eco-friendly seawall plates to increase the biodiversity harbor. He created high-dimensional network analysis graphs analyzing the impact of the seawall sites. He also gave a 15-minute TED-Style Presentation at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders of 10,000 people last June.
This summer he will be interning Google as a software engineer using machine learning to optimize targeted advertisements as part of the Google Ads Team.
- Areas of Study: Philosophy, Mathematics
- Hometown: Santiago, Chile; South Bend, IN
Luke is a Philosophy and Mathematics major at the University of Notre Dame and is Trinity School at Greenlawn graduate. He has acted with ND Theatre Now, the Not So Royal Shakespeare Company, and Show Some Skin, and volunteers as a Spanish interpreter with the National Immigration Justice Center. Currently, Luke is a part of the International Kellogg Scholars Program and conducts research regarding French Renaissance literature.
Luke spent his Social justice summer volunteering with refugee charities in Calais, France.
- Areas of Study: Economics; Global Affairs
- Hometown: Dakar, Senegal
Diana Spencer is an international student from Senegal and Cape Verde. She is passionate about economics, development, and gender studies. From 2015 to 2016, Diana volunteered at the SOS Village d’Enfants, where she taught French and math to a class of twenty students. This experience revealed her passion for youth empowerment and development, which she is planning on exploring through her summer experiences.
In 2016, Diana joined the African Leadership Academy, in Johannesburg, South Africa. At ALA, she was involved in the International Relations Council and served as the chairperson of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Committee during the ALA Model African Union 2018. The topic she chose for her committee was “Strengthening Gender Policies for Employment Equality in Africa.” With a team of four students, she also organized the South African Festival 2018, an entrepreneurial event for the Southern African youth.
At Notre Dame, Diana majors in Economics, Global Affairs, and minors in Gender Studies. She believes that her college experience will give her the opportunity to align her interest in development economics with her interest in promoting gender equality. During the summer of 2019, Diana volunteered with Ashoka Brazil in their Young Changemakers Program. In the summer of 2020, she will pursue a virtual internship with Social Entrepreneur Corps, a social venture focused on grassroots consulting for small organizations and enterprises of rural Guatemala. She will also intern with Baobab Consulting, an Africa-focused social impact consulting firm.
- Areas of Study: Political Science
- Hometown: Machakos, Kenya
After graduating from the African Leadership Academy, where she served as the chairlady of Student Government, Hope took a gap year to explore the creative arts scene in Nairobi, Kenya. Through this immersion experience, she discovered how greatly the informal sector contributes to economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. As such, this created her deep interest in business development within emerging markets.
At Notre Dame, Hope is majoring in Political Science with intended minors in Business Economics and International Development. She serves as the vice president of the African Students Association. She also independently runs an online business that gives her a platform to refine her management, administrative, and innovation skills.
For her Social Justice summer, Hope volunteered at Kibera Creative Arts, where she designed a creative entrepreneurship program that aims to couple creative skills with an entrepreneurial mindset. During her sophomore year, Hope looks forward to serving as the director of employer relations at the First Generation Career Initiative.
- Areas of Study: Economics
- Hometown: Mason, OH
Ashton has always been interested in the ways that multiple facets combine to make us individuals. In high school, she found that she was surrounded by a homogeneity of thought, so she devoted herself to bringing new ideas, issues, and perspectives to her community. Ashton founded SPEAK, a club focused on recognizing problems in the world, becoming educated about their root causes, and using this newfound knowledge to develop a more nuanced worldview.
She attended the United Nations 61st and 62nd Commissions on the Status of Women and was introduced to women from all over the world. After meeting these women and representatives of the NGOs that work to serve them at the grassroots level, she developed a passion for community organizing and dialogue. She began work as a counselor for Kids4Peace Cincinnati, an interfaith peace organization which hosts summer day camps for kids from various faith backgrounds. Her work with Kids4Peace taught her about the importance of dialogue and sharing stories and she spent her Social Justice summer as an intern for Kids4Peace’s office in Seattle, WA, where she documented the story of the program and its attendees.
On campus, Ashton serves as the Gender Relations Commissioner for Flaherty Hall and runs a program called Flaherty Feminism. She is involved in several storytelling initiatives on campus, including Show Some Skin, ND Ignite and the independent, student-run newspaper, The Observer. As a columnist and podcast co-host for The Observer’s viewpoint section, Ashton writes pieces twice a month and produces a podcast episode weekly. Her column, ‘The self-regulated spiritual upper-class,’ won the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s Best Opinion Column award for 2019-2020. Her work has also been published in the gender studies honor society’s journal, Through Gendered Lenses, twice.