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Psychology: Finding Solutions to Real-Life Problems

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, and Faculty News

Daniel Lapsley

A famous psychological test asks children to sit in a room with a marshmallow or cookie for 15 minutes. Those who can delay gratification and endure the torture of temptation get a second sweet treat as reward. Their self-discipline is also likely to lead to success later in life. The Notre Dame Department of Psychology turns 50 next year, and its patience and growth will soon generate a significant reward —a new building attached to Notre Dame Stadium to call its home. The East building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge for the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 33 months.

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VIDEO: History Major Studies “Great Telescope” in Ireland

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, and Internationalism

Anastasia Wright

During the summer of 2014, University of Notre Dame senior Anastasia Wright spent three weeks in Ireland studying the 19th-century astronomer William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse. Lord Rosse is best known for building a 72-inch telescope, the largest in the world until the early 20th century. “He trained his own workers. He built his own forge. I found that really fascinating and that got me wondering why someone like him would be building such a thing at the time,” said Wright, a history major in the College of Arts and Letters.

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Campus Crossroads Construction to Begin in November

Author: Dennis Brown

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Faculty News

Campus Crossroads Project

Construction on Campus Crossroads, a $400 million project that will use the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium as a hub for new facilities supporting academic and student life initiatives, will begin in November, after the final home game of the season. “We announced this project in January with the hope—though not necessarily the expectation—that we could begin in November,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said. “Thanks to the tireless work of many, plans have been finalized and funds have been raised so that we can, indeed, commence construction on facilities that will unite and inspire every member of our campus community for decades to come.”

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Video: Meet Russian Major Kellie Travis

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Internationalism

Kellie Travis

“To be able to read some of the very famous poems by Alexander Pushkin and other Russian poets and writers—and speak about it in Russian—is very challenging but also very rewarding,” said Kellie Travis ’14, a Russian major in the College of Arts and Letters. Russian majors at Notre Dame take a full complement of courses covering language, literature, and culture. As a student in the Russian Honors track, Travis completed a senior thesis on the Soviet Gulag forced labor camps, specifically methods of resistance in the camps.

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Video: Meet Gender Studies Major Natalie Perez

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Alumni

Natalie Perez

“Being in gender studies helps you really understand how to be an advocate for yourself and an advocate for other people as well,” said Natalie Perez ’14, a gender studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. Gender studies at Notre Dame is an interdisciplinary academic program which analyzes the significance of gender in all aspects of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions. “We live in a culture that’s very permissive about these [gender] stereotypes … and I don’t think it’s OK to sit back and accept things for the way they are,” said Perez.

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Three Graduates Win Inaugural International Development Fellowships

International Development Fellow Olivia Schneider

Class of 2014 College of Arts and Letters graduates Patrick Salemme and Olivia Schneider and 2014 College of Engineering graduate Maria Krug are the first recipients of the new International Development Fellowships established by the the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The competitive one-year awards place the recipients in field partnerships with three international development organizations.

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Outstanding Undergraduate Research Honored

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, and Centers and Institutes

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College of Arts and Letters students made a strong showing at Notre Dame’s 7th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference, which showcased more than 250 research, scholarship, and creative projects from across the University. At the May 2, 2014, event, history major Mia Counts ’14 won the Undergraduate Library Research Award for best senior thesis.

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Arts and Letters Students Explore Industries Through Career Trek Program

Author: Ben Horvath and Carrie Gates

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

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One of the best ways to explore career interests is to talk to people who are actually working in that field, whether it is public relations, design, museums, nonprofits, politics, or the sports and entertainment industries. The Career Trek program offered by The Career Center at Notre Dame helps students gain these important insights and meet potential mentors, including many within the powerful Notre Dame alumni network.

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Fourteen Seniors Receive National Fellowships and Scholarships

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: National Fellowships, General News, Undergraduate News, Alumni, and Internationalism

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program and other national and international organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 14 members of the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2014, including 11 who majored in the College of Arts and Letters. In addition, three Arts and Letters graduates from earlier classes received prestigious awards this year, including a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and a George Mitchell Scholarship.

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Video: Psychology Major Interns with the National Institutes of Health

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Research

Ashley Lawrence

“This internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot of skills that are really valuable,” said Ashley Lawrence ‘14, a psychology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, Lawrence interned in Baltimore at the Laboratory for Behavioral Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

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Graduating Seniors Honored for Commitment to Postgraduate Service

Jenna Ahn

One hundred fifty-two University of Notre Dame graduating seniors—many of them from the College of Arts and Letters—are embarking on a year or more of service in locations around the globe. They were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on Saturday, May 17 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

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Video: English and Design Major Interns with HarperCollins

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

Katie Heit

“I feel like I’ve been learning so much all the time, especially what it takes to be in the publishing industry,” says senior English and design major Katie Heit. Thanks to the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program, Heit spent last summer working as an editorial and design intern with Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in New York.

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English Major Awarded Prestigious Beinecke Scholarship

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Junior Vienna Wagner, an English major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has won a 2014 Beinecke Scholarship. Awarded to students who show “exceptional promise” to become leading scholars, the scholarship supports graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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Video: English Major Thrives in Marketing Internship

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

“I’ve definitely learned a lot about the publishing industry and what it’s like to put together a book,” says Meghan Thomassen, a senior English major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, Thomassen interned at Sheffield Marketing Partners, a boutique agency based in Downers Grove, Illinois, specializing in narrative message development and visual storytelling.

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Anthropology Major Studies Social Mobility in Guatemala

Author: Ben Horvath and Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, and Internationalism

Last summer, Notre Dame senior Marianinna Villavicencio brought the perspective and research skills she gained as an anthropology major to her home country of Guatemala, exploring issues facing the country’s ethnic minority for her senior thesis project. With the help of a grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Villavicencio focused on the governmental policies geared toward indigenous populations in Guatemala and the cultural factors that prevent their upward mobility.

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Notre Dame Student Researches Medical Partnerships in Rwanda

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, Centers and Institutes, and Internationalism

Rwanda is one of the few countries to have met the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—which include reducing childhood mortality, improving maternal health, and combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. In her research, Notre Dame senior Catherine Cichon explores how Rwanda’s success may be repeated in other developing countries.

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Sociology Alumni Bring Liberal Arts Perspective to Medical School

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, and Alumni

What would make a patient withhold information from his or her doctor? How do class, race, and ethnicity affect the quality of health care a patient receives? What social factors help determine the illnesses we contract and the best treatment plan for them? A growing number of Notre Dame students who pursue a career in medicine are finding the answers to these questions through a combination of sociology and Arts and Letters Pre-Health coursework.

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Junior Samantha Lessen Awarded 2014 Monteverdi Prize

Author: Jonathan Warren

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, Alumni, and Internationalism

Samantha Lessen, a junior in the College of Arts and Letters, has been awarded the second annual Monteverdi Prize through Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). The Monteverdi Prize, a scholarship created by the Cioffi family for PLS juniors, will provide Lessen with funding to conduct research this summer for her senior thesis. As part of the prize, she will live at Monteverdi Tuscany, a hotel and center for the liberal arts in Italy, founded by PLS alumnus Michael Cioffi ’75.

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Senior Peter Woo Receives Community Commitment Award

Author: John Guimond

Categories: General News and Undergraduate News

Senior Peter Woo, a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a philosophy and finance major with a minor in Chinese at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) 2014 Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award. The annual award recognizes the efforts of students from an Indiana college or university for the impact they have in their communities and on the citizens of Indiana.

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English Major wins Brennan Prize for Critical Essay

Author: Ben Horvath

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, and Research

When senior Michelle Werner wrote an essay analyzing playwright Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, she did not imagine that the class assignment would later win her a prestigious departmental award. “It felt a bit like winning the lottery without having bought a ticket,” she says. “I am incredibly grateful to the Department of English for selecting my essay.”

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Senior Focuses Thesis on International Students’ Notre Dame Experience

Author: Ben Horvath

Categories: General News, Undergraduate News, Research, and Internationalism

Notre Dame senior Margaret Pickard understands the challenges of integrating into a culture different from her own. The sociology and Japanese double major studied abroad last year in Nagoya, Japan, where she gained a fresh perspective on the difficulties of being a college student in a foreign setting.

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