Society of Schmitt Fellows - 2012

Robert Bixler

Undergraduate Institution: Alma College
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Computer Science and English, 2012
Current Academic Program: Computer Science
Specific Research Area: Emotive Computing
Advisor: Sidney D’Mello
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Because of their strong values, wide renown, and proximity to home (4 hours)

Peter Feist

Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Biochemistry, 2012
Current Academic Program: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Specific Research Area: IBMS Program, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor: Undecided
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Research climate has greatly improved over past four years. Looking forward, I think the research climate and thus the quality of research will increase as I pursue my Ph. D.

Lawrence Funke

Undergraduate Institution: University of Dayton
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BME (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering), 2012
Current Academic Program: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Specific Research Area: Kinematics and Robotics
Advisor: James Schmiedeler
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Notre Dame allowed me to have the opportunity to do research that interested me, with an advisor that I think very highly of, and I believe will allow me to be successful. The reputation of Notre Dame being a top university made the decision even easier.

Maria Gibbs

Undergraduate Institution: Duke University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BSE in Civil Engineering, 2012
Current Academic Program: Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Specific Research Area: Bridge Aeroelasticity
Advisor: Dr. Ahsan Kareem
Why did you choose Notre Dame: The opportunity to work with one of the top researchers in my field.

Bobby Habig

Undergraduate Institution: City University of New York, Queens College
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Biology, 2012
Current Academic Program: Biological Sciences
Specific Research Area: Ecology, Evolution, and Social Behavior
Advisor: Dr. Beth Archie
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Academic Reputation

Michael Harter

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Electrical Engineering, 2011
Current Academic Program: Electrical Engineering
Specific Research Area: Quantum Cascade Lasers
Advisor: Anthony Hoffman
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Notre Dame is an excellent research institution with unique goals for giving back to the world.

Kevin Jacobs

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Biochemistry, 2012
Current Academic Program: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Specific Research Area: Surface enhanced Raman scattering detection
Advisor: Zachary Schultz
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Having grown up in Indiana my whole life, I wanted to remain in the state for my graduate studies. Notre Dame was an easy choice as it is a premier research institution with great faculty and resources and a graduate student community that is very friendly and welcoming.

Julie Kessler

Undergraduate Institution: Hartwick College
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Chemistry, 2012
Current Academic Program: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Specific Research Area: Inorganic Chemistry
Advisor: Vlad Iluc
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I love the facilities and instruments available to the department, there was a handful of research I was interested in, the campus is beautiful, and I just felt at home

Vincent Killion

Undergraduate Institution: Valparaiso University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Electrical Engineering, 2012
Current Academic Program: Computer Science and Engineering
Specific Research Area: I have not yet begun research, but I am hoping to work in computer architecture.
Advisor: None yet
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose to attend Notre Dame because of its well respected Engineering department, especially in the field of computer architecture. Notre Dame also has a reputation of producing great professors, some of which taught me at Valparaiso.

Landon Lehman

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Physics, 2012
Current Academic Program: Physics
Specific Research Area: Astrophysics
Advisor: undecided
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I liked the general atmosphere and specifically the friendliness of people in the physics department.

Benjamin Lewis

Undergraduate Institution: Calvin College
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science, 2012
Current Academic Program: Ph.D. Mathematics
Specific Research Area: Analysis
Advisor: Undecided
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Notre Dame has a huge support community. Furthermore Notre Dame academics is top notch. Notre Dame also provides very good funding.

Kayla Lewis

Undergraduate Institution: Aquinas College
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS Chemistry/Math, 2012
Current Academic Program: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Specific Research Area: Inorganic Chemistry
Advisor: Dr. Ken Henderson
Why did you choose Notre Dame: ND had labs that I was interested in, and all the faculty was friendly and passionate about their work. The interactions between graduate students in the department was also a draw.

Andrew McNally

Undergraduate Institution: Minnesota State University – Mankato
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Engineering, 2011
Current Academic Program: Bioengineering
Specific Research Area: Cardiovascular mechanics (computational)
Advisor: Dr. Philippe Sucosky
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose Notre Dame because the research interests and philosophy of
the bioengineering program lined up with mine, and the funding offer from the Schmitt fellowship was my best opportunity.

Alicia Specht

Undergraduate Institution: Hamilton College
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BA in Mathematics and Studio Art, 2011
Current Academic Program: Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
Specific Research Area: Statistics
Advisor: Jun Li
Why did you choose Notre Dame: In addition to the quality of the university, the ACMS department consists of professors that care just as deeply about their research as they do about passing on their knowledge. I knew that at Notre Dame I would truly make the most of my graduate school experience.

Christine Wallace

Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Geological Sciences, 2005
Current Academic Program: Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Specific Research Area: Actinide chemistry, post-detonation nuclear forensics
Advisor: Peter C. Burns
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose Notre Dame because of the unique research program offered by my advisor.

Jennifer Wiegand

Undergraduate Institution: West Virginia University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Chemical Engineering, 2011
Current Academic Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Specific Research Area: Gas Separation Membranes
Advisor: Dr. Rulian Guo
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I loved the atmosphere.