2008-09 Notebaert Fellows


Peter Greene, History

Undergraduate Institution:
Westmont College (2003)
Graduate Training:
London School of Economics and Political Science (M.A. in History of International Relations, 2005)

Peter Greene was drawn to Notre Dame to pursue his Ph.D. in history by the opportunity to work with such leading scholars in American religion and society as Profs. Mark Noll, John McGreevy and Scott Appleby. He has greatly appreciated Notre Dame for its openness to integrating the study of religion with the social, political, and intellectual history of the United States.

Peter is now working on his dissertation under the guidance of Prof. Noll. He is exploring the history of Jewish-Christian relations and how American attitudes towards the State of Israel have been formed throughout the 20th century.


Thomas “Ryan” Hoens, Computer Science & Engineering

Undergraduate Institution:
Rochester Institute of Technology (2008)
Graduate Training:
Rochester Institute of Technology (M.S. in Computer Science 2008)
University of Notre Dame (Ph.D. in Computer Science 2012)

Ryan Hoens is the first Notebaert Fellow to earn his Ph.D. Advised by Prof. Nitesh Chawla, Ryan is interested in data mining and machine learning, specifically classification in (highly) imbalanced datasets, and evaluation of classification methods. His work has been presented at top-tier data mining conferences and published in high-impact journals. It has also found applications in the work of scientists at the Sandia National Laboratories. Ryan is joining SAS, Inc as a data scientist.

Ryan chose Notre Dame for the quality of the faculty in his area of interest, particularly such notable scholars as Prof. Chawla and Prof. Marina Blanton. He was also impressed with Notre Dame’s strong commitment to excellence and the atmosphere surrounding the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, especially faculty members’ desire to participate in interdisciplinary work. Ryan was a member of the Data Inference Analytics and Learning Lab (DIAL) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), both under the direction of Prof. Chawla.


Timothy S. Miller, English

Undergraduate Institution:
Kenyon College (2008)

Timothy S. Miller is currently completing his dissertation on Geoffrey Chaucer and the reception of his works in various historical contexts after the end of what we usually define as the Middle Ages. In particular, his work examines the endings of Chaucer’s poems as key sites of mediation in the poet’s reception history, applying diverse theoretical approaches like narratology and memetics. His secondary field of interest in literary studies is the relationship between genre science fiction and contemporary developments in mainstream literature, including the genre-crossing work of such authors as Junot Díaz, Jonathan Lethem, and Michael Chabon.

Tim’s adviser is Notre Dame Professor of English Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, one of the University’s preeminent faculty members. He chose to attend the University for its international reputation as a center for research in medieval studies—a reputation due to the unparalleled faculty of both the Medieval Institute and the Department of English. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in The Chaucer Review, Style, The Year’s Work in Medievalism, and Science Fiction Studies.


John Sehorn, Theology

Undergraduate Institution:
Arizona State University (2005)
Graduate Training:
University of Notre Dame (M.A., Early Christian Studies, 2008)

John Sehorn’s introduction to early Christian history and theology came through his undergraduate studies of classics and of “the historical Jesus.” Two years at Notre Dame for a master’s degree allowed him to form and confirm the impression that the Notre Dame Theology Department is an unsurpassed context for studying the history of Christianity. John maintains research interests in biblical studies, patristic theology, and medieval theology, but his primary focus is on the theory and practice of scriptural exegesis according to Origen of Alexandria. He is currently writing his dissertation on that topic under the direction of Prof. John Cavadini. The dissertation takes the form of an original translation of a series of Origen’s homilies, along with a lengthy, synthetic introduction and a detailed commentary on the text itself.


Jason Tomko, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Pittsburgh (2008)

Jason Tomko, a Notebaert Fellow earning his doctorate in aerospace and mechanical engineering, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s mechanical engineering department. He chose the University of Notre Dame because of its long list of well-known and accomplished researchers associated with the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering along with its cutting-edge research facilities.

Advised by Prof. Scott Morris, Jason’s research focuses on the coupling of fluid flow, structural vibration, and acoustic radiation.

Jason is a co-author of “Analysis of Sound Measurements Inside a Finite Length Ducted Rotor,” presented at the ASME Noise Control and Engineering conference held in Baltimore in April 2010.