Three A&L students awarded Naughton Fellowships to study in Ireland

Author: Brett Beasley

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The University of Notre Dame’s Naughton Fellowship program has announced 31 faculty members and students — three of whom are connected with the College of Arts and Letters — as awardees in its 2023-2024 cohort.

Funded by a gift from the Naughton family in 2008, Naughton Fellowships foster leadership through international partnerships and stimulate collaborative research efforts. Fellows from Ireland have the opportunity to study and conduct research at the University of Notre Dame. Fellows from Notre Dame complete their fellowship at a leading Irish research university.

“We are delighted to see the growth of the Naughton Fellowship Program," said Brian M. Baker, the Coleman Professor of Life Sciences at Notre Dame. "By bringing deeper levels of collaboration and exchange between our University and Ireland’s finest research institutions, it is having a greater impact each year.

“We are grateful to the Naughton family for the ability to offer such a transformative opportunity to our students and faculty members, both at Notre Dame and in Ireland,” added Baker, the Naughton Fellowship Committee Chair.

Faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers from the University of Notre Dame, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Technological University Dublin, and the University of Galway are among the awardees.


From Notre Dame

Julia McKenna, a sociology major, will complete a master’s degree in smart and sustainable cities at Trinity College Dublin.


Sixteen undergraduate students — two of whom are affiliated with Arts and Letters — have been awarded summer Naughton Fellowships as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

From Notre Dame

Lauren Beede, a psychology and statistics major, will study at Trinity College Dublin with Vinny Cahill, a professor and chair in the Department of Computer Science. Beede’s project is titled “The ClearWay Project.”

Emma Laboe, a physics and gender studies major, will study at Trinity College Dublin with Michael Coey, a professor in the Department of Physics. Laboe’s project focuses on the influence of magnetic fields on the evaporation of water.

Applications for the Naughton Fellowships, including undergraduate, masters, and faculty fellowships, will open for submissions in fall 2023. To learn more, visit


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Originally published by Brett Beasley at on July 13, 2023.