“I’ve always been intrigued with the study of the human person and the way that we interact with others in society,” says Catherine Reidy ’13, a psychology major and anthropology minor from Greenwood Village, Colo.
Throughout her time in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, Reidy focused her academic work on international research. “Undergraduate research has really allowed me to really pursue my individual interests. I’ve received a number of grants to travel to Sierra Leone in west Africa pursuing psychological research for two summers and traveling to Croatia over spring break to do more data collection. They are investing a lot into their undergraduates and giving us a lot of responsibility. That kind of investment gives you a greater sense of integrity in your research.”
Reidy, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, was awarded a Clarendon Scholarship for graduate work at the University of Oxford. She will use the highly selective award—covering full tuition, fees, and living expenses—to study for a master’s degree in African studies beginning in October 2013.
“My Notre Dame education has prepared me incredibly well for the future,” she says.
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