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Ian Campbell, Ph.D. Student, Department of Psychology

  • 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • 2014 University Fellow

Ian Campbell is one of forty-two NSF GRFP Fellows currently enrolled in the Graduate School at Notre Dame. Ian’s research grant from the National Science Foundation comprises part of the record-breaking $138 million in total research awards the university earned collectively in fiscal year 2017.

Ian specializes in the Quantitative subdiscipline of the Psychology Department, and uses his fellowship to explore model selection uncertainty, model averaging, and instrumental variables for human behavior data. In addition, Ian won the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Psychology Department last year, was selected for the NSF-funded Ethical Leaders in STEM program, serves as a tutor in the South Bend area, and is a senior fellowship consultant for the Graduate School’s Office of Grants and Fellowships.


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Maria Gibbs, Ph.D. Graduate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

  • 2016 Regional Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) winner
  • 2015 New Faces of Civil Engineering (American Society of Civil Engineers) Award
  • 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Maria Gibbs graduated from Notre Dame with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2017. In 2015, she was recognized as one of the New Faces of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2016, she won Notre Dame’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, going on to win the regional 3MT Competition in Chicago, hosted by the Midwest Association of Graduate Students (MAGS). Maria’s 3MT presentation, “Dancing Bridges: A Human-Centered Approach to Prevent Flutter in Footbridges,” introduced her work on bridge areoelasticity, a focus she developed through her work with the international non-profit Bridges to Prosperity (B2P).

Upon graduation, Maria founded Invanti, a social venture startup dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs find opportunities for businesses that create impact and profit. Today she can be found overseeing Invanti with her business partner Dustin Mix, who holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering, as well as an M.S. in ESTEEM, all from Notre Dame.


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Dr. Tyvette Hilliard, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harper Cancer Research Institute

  • 2017 K01 Research Career Development Award, NIH/CCI
  • 2016 Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Postdoc Challenge Award

Dr. Tyvette Hilliard is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Sharon Stack, the Ann F. Dunne & Elizabeth Riley Director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute and Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Biochemistry. Tyvette joins the Notre Dame community by way of Illinois and Hawaii. She completed her doctoral work in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Illinois Chicago. She then served a three-year postdoctoral appointment at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. 

This year, Tyvette received the highly competitive 5-year K01 Research Career Development award from the NIH/NCI. She is using the funds towards a project entitled “The Impact of Maternal Obesity on the Reprogramming of the Metastatic Microenvironment.” Her research investigates how maternal obesity may influence the susceptibility of offspring to ovarian cancer metastasis.

Tyvette is the first ever K01 awardee from the University of Notre Dame.


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Jermaine Marhsall, Ph.D Student, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  • 2017 Code2040 Fellow
  • 2016 Code2040 Fellow
  • 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • 2016 Google Generation Scholar
  • 2016 Xerox Scholar
  • 2015 GEM Fellow

With funding from Code2040, the National Science Foundation, Google, Xerox, and the National GEM Consortium, Jermaine Marshall has completed extensive research on how individuals find reliable information within social network spaces. He is currently focusing specifically on online information regarding nutritional recommendations. He aims to understand how users find reliable nutritional information online, and ultimately to build an interface through which users can recommend healthy food options based on different cultures.

In recent years, Jermaine has shared his talents with Adobe (2015), Intel (2016), and eBay (2017) via internships. He has also co-authored six papers during his time as a doctoral student.


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César Soto, Ph.D. Student, Department of English

  • 2016 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow
  • 2012 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow
  • 2012 Joseph L. Gaia Distinguished Fellow

César Soto is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department who has been doubly funded by the Ford Foundation throughout his academic career. César uses his funding to work on how religion and revolution inform literary visions of the nation across the Atlantic (England, Ireland, and Mexico) during the middle interval of the Age of Revolutions (1789-1832). He is currently completing a dissertation entitled “My Kingdom is not of this World: Christianities, Revolution, and National Identity in Atlantic Writing Cultures (1792-1832).”

Like Ian, César is a senior fellowship consultant for the Graduate School’s Office of Grants and Fellowships. He is also founder and three-term president of the Latina/o Graduate Association at Notre Dame (LGAND).

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