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Graduate Research Symposium Award Winners Announced

Author: Mary Hendricksen

Graduate Research Symposium winners

Notre Dame’s third annual Graduate Research Symposium showcased the accomplishments of Notre Dame graduate students in the Graduate School’s four divisions: humanities, social science, engineering, and science.

Hosted by the Graduate Student Union, the goal of the February 4, 2011 event was to provide a scholarly but informal environment to facilitate conversations between graduate students and symposium guests, including undergraduate students, faculty, and community visitors.

The winners in each category:


First place: Patrick Mello, English
“Sir Charles Grandison and the Post-Jacobite Novel”
Second place: Brandon Cook, Medieval Studies
“Spiritually Sensuous Sojourns: Pilgrimage and the Senses in the Eulogiai of the St. Simeon the Stylite”

Social Sciences (two first-place awards):

Chadwick Curtis, Economics
“Economic Reform and Factors of Production in China”
Elizabeth Munnich, Economics
“The Labor Market Effects of California’s Minimum Nurse Staffing Law”


First place: Edit Varga, Electrical Engineering
“Experimental Demonstration of New Nanomagnetic Logic Devices”
Second place: Punit Bandi, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
“Design of Crashworthy Structures Using Compliant Mechanism Approach”


First place: John Engbers, Mathematics
“The Typical Structure of Propoer Colorings of the Discrete Hypercube”
Second place:. Patrick Shirey, Biological Sciences
“An Interdisciplinary Approach to Informing Ecological Restoration and Environmnental Management”

The symposium was supported by the College of Arts and Letters, the Graduate School, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science.

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