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Philosophy Major Wins Naughton Fellowship to Conduct Research in Ireland

Author: Joanne Fahey

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Michelle Kim, a philosophy major, has won a 2016 Naughton Fellowship, which allows students with a background in, or aptitude for, STEM fields to experience international research and educational opportunities through a funded exchange program involving the University of Notre Dame and some of Ireland’s leading research universities.

With the award, Kim will complete undergraduate research at Trinity College Dublin.

Irish undergraduates, master’s degree students, and Ph.D. candidates can come to Notre Dame on the fellowship, while Notre Dame undergraduates, master’s degree students, and Ph.D. candidates can travel to Ireland to study and complete research.

“I congratulate each and every one of the 2016 Naughton Fellows. Each year the applicant pool is impressive and this year was no different," said Richard Taylor, associate vice president for research and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and director of the Naughton Fellowship program. “I look forward to seeing how the fellows utilize their experience to advance both their education and their careers in the STEM disciplines.”

Now in its seventh year, the Naughton Fellowship program has provided numerous students with support for international study, collaborative research, and impactful exchange between Notre Dame and Ireland.

A total of 21 students were named Naughton Fellows for 2016. Other winners include:

  • Rick Cressall, a Ph.D. student at Notre Dame in aerospace and mechanical engineering, will go to Trinity College Dublin to complete research in mechanical and manufacturing engineering.
  • Emma McGrath, a Ph.D. student in biochemistry and immunology at Trinity College Dublin, will come to Notre Dame to complete research in chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Andres Gutierrez, a civil engineering graduate from Notre Dame, will complete a master’s degree in structural and geotechnical engineering at Trinity College Dublin. 
  • Michael O’Connor, a mechanical engineering graduate from Notre Dame, will complete a master’s degree in bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin.
  • Edwin Onattu, a computer science graduate from Notre Dame, will complete a master’s degree in electronic commerce at Dublin City University.
  • Niall Grogan, Zachary Hickey, and Aaron Molloy of the National University of Ireland, Galway and Eoghan Martin of Trinity College Dublin will join the Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) Program at Notre Dame.
  • Matthew Onders, a chemistry and biochemistry major will complete undergraduate research at Trinity College Dublin.
  • Patrick Colley, a Notre Dame Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering major, and Eric Lee, a Science-Business major, will complete their undergraduate research experience at Dublin City University.
  • Paulina Eberts, a Notre Dame undergraduate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Maxwell Kennard, a Notre Dame undergraduate in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering with a Japanese minor, will both undertake research at University College Dublin.
  • Dublin City University’s Rachel Hanley and Frances Ryan, Trinity College Dublin’s Eoin O’Sullivan and Brian Tyrrell, and University College Dublin’s Peter Hanly and Charles Marchant will all travel to Notre Dame for their undergraduate research experience.

    In addition, one Clark Fellowship, which is a grant provided by the Clark family for an undergraduate student to undertake nanotechnology research in Ireland, was awarded to Emily Zion. Zion, a biochemistry major, will complete her undergraduate research experience at Dublin City University.


    For more information, including how to apply, please see naughton.nd.edu.

Originally published at naughton.nd.edu.