2009-10 Notebaert Fellows


Katie Bugyis, Medieval Studies

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Notre Dame (2005)
Graduate Training:
Yale Institute of Sacred Music (M.S.M., 2009)

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis is a Notebaert Fellow who earned her bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and is now pursuing her doctorate in medieval studies. She chose to return to Notre Dame because of the outstanding faculty members affiliated with the Medieval Institute, the resources and support for research offered to graduate students, and the unparalleled community of medievalists at the University. Advised by Profs. Margot Fassler and Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Katie’s dissertation explores the liturgical roles of women religious in high medieval England.

Katie has presented at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally, most notably in Leuven, Belgium; Belfast, Northern Ireland, and London and York, England. She has written two articles that will be published in the coming academic year and, in 2011, was awarded the Kaneb Center Excellence in Teaching Award. Funded by a Nanovic Travel and Research Grant, she will spend Summer 2012 in England, conducting manuscript and archival research in London, Lincoln, Cambridge, and Oxford.


John Dillon, English

Undergraduate Institution:
Harvard University (2009)

John Dillon is a Notebaert Fellow in the Department of English. His dissertation, which is advised by Profs. Declan Kiberd and Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, focuses on the intersection of folklore and European modernism in European countries such as Ireland and Spain.

This year he has organized an international conference titled Hybrid Irelands, which contributed to the project of locating Ireland in a global literary context. He speaks Irish fluently and has presented papers in Irish and English. An edited translation of Seán Ó Ríordáin’s important preface to Eireaball Spideoige is forthcoming in a collection published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta and edited by Frank Sewell. John is the recipient of a Field Day Fellowship and is working with Seamus Deane and Field Day Press in Dublin.
John chose to study European literature at Notre Dame because the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is a place where research occurs between, and among, different disciplines. It is this kind of interdisciplinarity that leads to real, original work, and shifts Irish Studies into other narratives and approaches. He has benefited immeasurably from the Institute’s resources, specifically the three-week Irish Seminar which occurs each summer and brings leading lights from around the world together with burgeoning scholars.


Dane Grismer, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Undergraduate Institution:
North Carolina State University (2009)
Work in Industry:
Technology & Product Development Intern, National Gypsum Company (2006, 2007)
Oil & Gas Technologies Intern, Hercules, Inc. (2007)

It was the balance of cutting-edge research and a rich Catholic tradition that led Dane Grismer to Notre Dame. A Notebaert Fellow seeking a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering, Dane works in the emerging field of nanofluidics, saying, “We’re pushing the limits of knowledge, striving to understand the dynamics of molecular motion and how it can be manipulated at the nanoscale.” Dane’s adviser is Prof. Paul Bohn. Together, they collaborate with both chemists and other engineers to develop lab-on-a-chip technologies to more easily detect bacteria, viruses, and contaminants.

Dane is also working on a collaboration of another kind—an important new initiative with Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering, to drive a resurgence of Catholic scholars within engineering and, in particular, the Graduate School. Dane helped to cofound the Catholic Graduate Community and currently serves as its president. The group seeks to provide a spiritual community for graduate students in all disciplines.