Society of Schmitt Fellows - 2010

Katie Ansaldi – Mathematics

Undergraduate Institution: Loyola College in Maryland
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Mathematical Sciences, 2006
Current Academic Program: Mathematics
Specific Research Area: Commutative Algebra
Advisor: Claudia Polini
Why did you choose Notre Dame: The research areas in the department fit well with my interests. The mathematics department is really supportive.

Erik Larsen

Undergraduate Institution: Alma College
Undergraduate Degree: BS in Chemistry, 2008
Current Academic Program: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Area: Organic and Computational Chemistry
Advisor: Richard E. Taylor
Why I chose Notre Dame: I was highly interested in the research being done by several professors and the campus was considerably closer to home than any of my other choices. The Schmitt stipend also played a part in my decision, the extra money combined with a relatively low cost of living makes a big difference.

Annie Legault

Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Aerospace Engineering, 2010
Current Academic Program: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Specific Research Area: Computational Fluid Dynamics
Advisor: Dr. Meng Wang
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose to pursue my PhD at Notre Dame because of the community oriented atmosphere. While my advisor is my main resource, I am also able to discuss my research with other professors and students inside my department as well as those in other programs at the university. This variety of learning sources helps link my research to real world problems and gives me a unique perspective that I would not have had at other universities.

Kerri Citterbart Martin

Undergraduate Institution: College of William and Mary
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Biology, 2008
Current Academic Program: Biological Sciences
Specific Research Area: Grassland Bird Predation
Advisor: Gary Belovsky
Why did you choose Notre Dame: The welcoming nature of the graduate student body, the quality of life possible in South Bend, and the beautiful campus.

A.J. Reisinger

Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Environmental Sciences 2008
Current Academic Program: Biological Sciences
Specific Research Area: Stream and River Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer L. Tank
Why did I choose Notre Dame: When asked this question I immediately state that although I loved my undergraduate experience here at Notre Dame, it had no bearing on my choosing to come back to pursue a Ph.D. in Biology. The main reason I chose Notre Dame was the opportunity to work with my advisor, a leading expert in the field and a mentor with a proven track record of placing her students in excellent positions following their time at Notre Dame. Additionally, Notre Dame offers tremendous support to graduate students, both in terms of financial support via stipends and internal fellowships to provide travel and research funds, but also in terms of facilities and equipment available. The level of support, coupled with the expertise of my advisor made Notre Dame an easy choice for graduate school.

Sheri Sanders

Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: B.S. in Zoology (2006), B.S. in Environmental Science and Management (2007)
Master’s Institution: University of Texas at Tyler
Master’s Degree & Year: M.S. in Biology (2010)
Current Academic Program: Biological Sciences
Specific Research Area: Genomics, Herpetology, Conservation Genetics, Bioinformatics
Advisor: Micheal Pfrender
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I grew up mostly in the midwest and fell in love with the campus during interview week. I love the history, beauty, and legacy that is so apparent just wandering through the buildings. I also liked the concept of a unified biology department that fosters a LOT of collaboration across different aspects of biology, the availability of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Cores to help with analysis (a miracle after my Master’s), the heavy involvement of undergraduates in research (again, a miracle), and the genuinely high morale of the graduate students and the faculty (possibly the biggest miracle!).

Danny Taller

Undergraduate Institution: Harvey Mudd College
Undergraduate Degree & Year: Harvey Mudd College, 2010
Current Academic Program: Aerospace and Mechanical
Specific Research Area: Fluid Dynamics (focus on Microfluidics)
Advisors: Hsueh-Chia Chang and David Go
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose Notre Dame on the basis of my future research advisers and
research project. I enjoy my current research and my project has been fruitful scientifically, which is important because graduate students spend the majority of their time doing research, and the publications produced are crucial from a professional standpoint.