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Three Notre Dame Scholars awarded Fulbright grants to teach, study or research abroad

Author: Erin Blasko

Fulbright New Feature

Twenty-six University of Notre Dame students and alumni, including three Notre Dame Scholars, have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to teach or study abroad during the 2021-22 academic year, while another 11 have been selected as alternates for the award.

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Through economics, political science, and Latino studies, senior Diego Reynoso seeks to empower marginalized communities

Author: Sophia Lauber

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After growing up in a neighborhood where many of his friends didn’t make it to college, senior Diego Reynoso knows firsthand the challenges facing students in low-income communities. Now, as the second person in his family to graduate from college, Reynoso hopes to use his Notre Dame education to empower Latino communities and marginalized individuals. His time in the College of Arts & Letters and the Institute for Latino Studies, he said, have given him the skills, resources, and support to do so. “I do this for my family because they never had the opportunities that I have right now,” he said. “Just doing the most I can to help those who come from similar situations means the world to my family.”

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Senior Devin Diggs Serves as President of The Shirt Committee

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

On the walls of Lafortune Student Center, twenty-six evenly spaced frames hang, with imagery of helmets, jerseys, gridirons, and the Golden Dome. Each frame, beginning in 1990, showcases a Notre Dame football t-shirt design. While Notre Dame football is known for its merchandise – our bookstore is the largest in the country – these shirts push fandom to a whole new level. In a year where outside fans were not even allowed into the stadium, The Shirt 2020 made $400,000. …

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Senior Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar Relies on Design Thinking and Computer Science to Help Improve Lives

Author: Sophia Lauber

With majors in design and computer science through the Reilly Center Dual Degree Program, Hesburgh-Yusko and Kellogg International Scholar Hind Zahour knew very little about DNA – but she didn’t let that stop her from joining a COVID-19 research team last summer. 

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Notre Dame Scholars serve as student body president and vice president

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

In a school year unlike any other, two senior scholars have been leading the way at the helm of the student body. Rachel Ingal (Brennan ‘21) and Sarah Galbenski (Scott ‘21) were elected student body president and vice president last February after an election filled with far more candidates than usual, four ticket sanctions, a postponement, and ultimately a runoff. The two seniors were excited to start implementing the platform positions on which they had run; instead, they were thrown one curveball after another from the very start of their term.

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Francie Shaft, Scott '22, thought her theology and Japanese majors would never intersect — until she went abroad. Now the connections keep appearing. 

Author: Carrie Gates

Francie Shaft, Scott Scholar, '22

Francie Shaft has discovered intersections between her theology and Japanese majors through her classes and research — both on campus and in Japan. Those opportunities would not have been possible, she said, without the support she found at Notre Dame. “Notre Dame wants you to start pursuing what you’re passionate about, even as a freshman. If I didn’t have these people who have believed in me from the start, I don’t think I would be as creative and as bold in the sorts of experiences I want to have.”

 

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Across three continents, research and languages are the keys to Trevor Lwere's, HYSP '22, success in economics and global affairs

Author: Sophia Lauber

Trevor Lwere In Africa

Whether he’s studying in Uganda or France, South Africa or South Bend — or speaking English, Luganda, French, or Swahili — Trevor Lwere has one topic at the forefront of his mind. No matter where he is, the economics and global affairs major is driven to investigate what different cultures and perspectives can teach each other about forming the best society. “Every time I move to a different place, I get curious about how different societies imagine how they should be organized and how they approach life,” he said.

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Summer Experiences and COVID-19: Scholars Pursue Virtual Opportunities to Advance Post-grad Plans

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

For many Notre Dame students, the idea of summer “vacation” is a relic of the past, even during a pandemic. June, July, and August provide a valuable chance for students to pursue research opportunities, volunteer at nonprofits, or work relationship-building internships. COVID-19 challenged many scholars to take these opportunities online or coordinate new arrangements altogether; however, they still found unique ways to put their talents to use and continue molding their future careers through summer experiences.

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ND Scholars share passion for Notre Dame as members of Cheerleading Team

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

Senior leprechaun and Hesburgh-Yusko scholar Conal Fagan treats every game as though it is his last and someone else’s first. Conal has been wearing the famed Notre Dame leprechaun mascot’s green suit since his sophomore year and has defined many fans’ experiences along the way. After meeting one family from New Mexico visiting for their first game, he kept in close touch with them and has watched their children grow up. At another game, he fulfilled one lifelong fan’s wish of meeting the Notre Dame leprechaun before he passed away. 

The leprechauns are always at the center of football game days, as well as other athletic events. This year more than ever, though, all eyes have been on them as public examples of mask-wearing, social-distancing, and keeping a positive attitude in the ever-changing campus environment. What hasn’t changed is their commitment to the position and their passion for representing Notre Dame. 

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Devine Scholar MacKenzie Isaac '20 Studies Culture of Skin Bleaching in the Caribbean

Author: Ashley Rowland

Through the Kellogg International Scholars Program (ISP), MacKenzie Isaac (Devine Scholar, '20) has focused her undergraduate research on the issues of culture, identity, and race that first caught her attention as a teenager. Working for two years with Faculty Fellow Karen Richman, a cultural anthropologist at the Institute for Latino Studies and her ISP advisor, Isaac studied migration patterns of Afro Latinos from Haiti and other parts of the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean.

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