Class of 2027
- Areas of Study: Economics
- Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Tami Alli is an undergraduate at The University of Notre Dame from Charlotte, NC, hoping to study Economics on the pre-med track. Tami is passionate about the intersection between economics, creative mediums, global affairs, and healthcare.
In 2023, Tami graduated from Providence Day School with a dual diploma in Global Studies. While there, she served as the Co-President of the Global Studies Diploma program and was awarded The Round Square King Constantine Medal for her global affairs and service work. Additionally, Tami was an intern for The Echo Foundation, a local non-profit in Charlotte, where she created a curriculum surrounding environmental activism and climate change and traveled to The Galapagos Islands to research microplastics and water insecurity.
In her free time, Tami enjoys playing tennis, photography, and traveling to new places. Tami plans to continue these pursuits at Notre Dame and looks forward to deepening her academic curiosity.
- Areas of Study: Electrical Engineering
- Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Riley has always been fascinated by the why questions. His curiosity was apparent from a very young age when he became interested in Lego, Rubik’s Cubes, and puzzles. This innate curiosity to understand and discover everything happening in the world led Riley to explore his interests both in the classroom and in an extracurricular manner. He joined Scholar Bowl and Astronomy Club and after a few years in each became a captain and president of each, respectively. During the past few summers, Riley has pursued his science interests by studying electrical engineering through the Notre Dame Summer Scholars program and Einstein’s theory of relativity at a Harvard Pre-College Program. Additionally, Riley has found a love for giving back to his community through service. Over the last two years, he volunteered helping teenagers with mental disabilities and helped develop a website for a non-profit organization that focuses on helping Afghan refugees. As Riley analyzes his possible career paths, he aims to be an engineer and concentrate on entrepreneurship. Riley’s ultimate goal is to take advantage of his professors and mentors' knowledge and advice while making great connections with them in order to one day use his engineering abilities to cure Parkinson’s.
- Areas of Study: Finance
- Hometown: Miami Shores, Florida
Max is a driven individual who has always been passionate about topics of finance and entrepreneurship. He was born and raised in Miami and recently graduate from the International Baccalaureate program at Miami Beach Senior High. At the start of high school Max created his own business, String Theory, and gained valuable experience interning at a global hedge fund in New York City. During his time at Notre Dame he is eager to pursue a degree in finance.
Alongside this, Max is deeply committed to giving back to his community and empowering the youth. This led him to co-found FinancED which aims to teach the youth varying topics of financial literacy to prepare them for their future. In addition to his work with FinancED, Max is an active supporter of The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. With his creation of his nonprofit The Miami Giving Tree, he has taken on various leadership roles as an advocate and fundraiser, inspiring others to join the cause. Due to his dedication to service, Max's advocacy project was nominated for the Miami Herald's Silver Knight Award in which he received the runner up distinction in the social science category. At Notre Dame Max looks forward to exploring his academic interests and keeping his commitment to serving the community.
- Areas of Study: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa, Kaza-Zack Kazirukanyo aspires to resolutely reshape the trajectory of Africa through ethical, entrepreneurial leadership. Enrolled as a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, and a prospective Engineering-Economics dual major, Kaza-Zack's academic pursuits harmonize with his ambition. His formative years at the African Leadership Academy, culminating in his tenure as the Secretary and subsequently the Chairman of the Student Government, have indelibly marked his journey. Notably, he secured the African Leadership Academy Leadership Award, a testament to his pragmatic and impactful leadership in the Continent's premier high school.
Kaza-Zack attained academic distinction in 2021 by clinching the foremost nationwide accolades for his exceptional performance in IGCSE Mathematics and Economics. Beyond academic milestones, his devotion to Christianity animates his commitment to achieving excellence in every endeavor. Personally, this South African's faith in Christ motivates him to strive to do all things with a spirit of excellence. One of his favourite songs typifies how he has led his life: "If we believe and stand on His Word all things are possible".
- Areas of Study: Program of Liberal Studies
- Hometown: Avon, Indiana
Katherine is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar from Avon, Indiana majoring in Program of Liberal Studies and Political Science.
Katherine was active on her high school speech and debate team. She helped start “Speak Up,” a public speaking workshop for middle school. Katherine is a two-time state champion and national semi-finalist in Congressional debate.
Katherine served as Indiana’s DECA State President, representing a 2,000-student business leaders across Indiana. She also placed 9th internationally in Marketing Management.
She founded the community program Rise Empowering Girls through Reading, a social-emotional health program that reached 210 middle school girls in 5 schools in Hendricks County, IN to empower at-risk adolescent girls through reading and community. She also researched with the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation on the effects of the Rise program to understand and improve the outcomes of at-risk adolescent girls nationwide.
Katherine founded the Hendricks County Speakers Bureau to build connections in the community while also expanding knowledge and encouraging an understanding of others’ perspectives.
She is an Indiana Academic All-Star and Lilly Endowment Scholar.
Last summer, Katherine worked as a trip co-leader at Camp Manito-wish YMCA. At Notre Dame, Katherine is excited to pursue her passion for government and effective policy making.
- Areas of Study: English & Economics
- Hometown: North Edison, New Jersey
Naischa Puri was born in Singapore; moved to Bronxville, New York when she was six; and now lives in North Edison, New Jersey. Naischa is very passionate about all things performing arts and community service. She has been a competitive Bollywood dancer since the age of six (beginning training when she was three), having participated in national competitions and performed in MetLife Stadium and Lincoln Center; was a winner in the National YoungArts Competition for singing; and has performed in over 10 musical and play productions in roles such as Jan in Grease, Mulan in Mulan, and the Baker's Wife in Into The Woods.
After founding and leading her school's first ever service leadership team, Naischa continues to seek ways in which she can make literacy and education more accessible and equitable. She looks forward to channeling her studies in English and economics to help her towards this goal. She also was Editor-In-Chief of her school newspaper, published her own poetry book, and conducted poetry workshops for nearly 100 students across the United States, showcasing the power behind the art of writing and self-expression.
Naischa also believes in the value of culture and identity, having organized several events (garba, Holi, Diwali) as Co-President of her school's Desi Club (South Asian Student Association), raising over $4000 for club resources.
In her spare time, Naischa loves to cook, read, play tennis, write / sing music and play the piano and ukulele.
Maya Sabine Tuviera
- Areas of Study: Political Science
- Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Maya Tuviera is a Hesburgh-Yusko and Glynn Honors scholar intending to double-major in Political Science and Economics.
In high school, Maya graduated ranked first in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, earning a trilingual high school diploma. Outside the classroom, Maya captained her high school debate team and won multiple awards, including the grand champion title at the Philippine World Schools Debating Championship. She also served as the Managing Editor of the school newspaper, copy editor for the senior yearbook, and peer mentor for younger students.
Maya is a passionate leader who firmly believes that her success is a result of the opportunities she was given and those who fought for people like her. Hence, she has directed four non-profits with advocacies centered around youth empowerment, feminism, public speaking education for low-income students, and university opportunities abroad for Filipino students (which she continues to lead today). Maya loves to talk– it is evident in her endless capacity for vibrant conversation and her love for writing. In addition to winning essay competitions such as Harvard GlobalWE, she is a journalist for The Philippine STAR. At Notre Dame, she hopes to find fellow “everything enthusiasts” with whom she can actualize a shared vision for a better world.
- Areas of Study: Economics
- Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Growing up as a Taiwanese-American in Taipei, Taiwan, Chloe had the opportunity to immerse herself in multicultural environments through Taipei American School and IASAS, an extracurricular exchange program with five other international schools in Southeast Asia. In high school, Chloe was a four-year varsity athlete on the volleyball and touch rugby teams, while holding leadership positions in multiple community service clubs.
Additionally, Chloe dedicated much of her time to scientific research on potential treatments to combat diabetes, one of the most prominent health issues in Taiwan. Through her research, Chloe discovered a new perspective on social determinants of health as she began to unpack how different confounding variables, such as culture and race, can influence health outcomes and disparities.
Chloe is excited to continue exploring her academic and personal interests, including but not limited to fitness and socioeconomic solutions in healthcare, at Notre Dame as an economics and pre-med major.