The University of Notre Dame’s Graduate School recognized 389 master’s and 209 doctoral degree recipients and presented several awards during Commencement ceremonies Saturday (May 19) in the Compton Family Ice Arena.
Thomas Quinn, M.D., gave the commencement speech to the 270 graduates who attended the 2012 University of Notre Dame Graduate School commencement ceremony on Saturday, March 19. The text of Dr. Quinn’s speech can be found here.
Dr. James VanderKam and Dr. John Van Engen have been selected as co-recipients of the James A. Burns Award, with Dr. Brian Baker being selected as the recipient of the Director of Graduate Studies Award. Additionally, Ms. Tracy Cabello was named the recipient of the Graduate Administrative Assistant Award.
The Notre Dame Graduate School is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Awards, the highest honors bestowed on Notre Dame graduate students.
Christopher B. Roberts, department chair and the George E. and Dorothy Stafford Uthlaut Professor of Chemical Engineering in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been named dean of the college effective July 1, 2012. Roberts earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Notre Dame in 1994 and a master’s in the same program two years earlier.
Thomas Quinn, MD (B.S. Notre Dame 1969, MSc Notre Dame 1970), professor and director, Johns Hopkins’ Center for Global Health, has been named the Graduate School’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus and Commencement speaker for 2012.
Over spring break, the 11 members of the Notre Dame graduate seminar on the transmission of the classical text traveled to Milan, Italy, inspecting and reading manuscripts from the fifth century through the 15th century A.D.
Fifth-year Notre Dame Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Marcos Perez-Blanco and his advisor, Prof. Edward Maginn, have authored an article that is the most-read article in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry B for the year 2011.
Betsy Cornwell, a master’s student in Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program, has sold her first two novels to Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Both books, written for a young adult audience, have their roots in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
Joseph S. Khalil, a Ph.D. student in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, has won the 2011-12 Word & World Essay Prize for Doctoral Candidates. Khalil’s essay, “Qoheleth and the Overconfident Preacher,” will be published in the journal’s summer 2012 issue.
The Graduate Student Union (GSU) hosted Notre Dame’s fourth annual Graduate Research Symposium on Friday, February 24, in the Great Hall of the Jordan Hall of Science. Winners were selected in each of the four divisions of the Graduate School.
Notre Dame’s graduate students are a critical part of the University’s research agenda. Not only do graduate students assist faculty with research, they make important discoveries of their own. Katherine Ward, a third-year student in Notre Dame’s doctoral program in Chemistry and Biochemistry who, last year, won a major fellowship from the American Heart Association, is a perfect case in point.
The symposium, hosted by the Graduate Student Union and supported by the Graduate School and the Colleges of Engineering, Science and Arts and Letters, showcases the accomplishments of the Graduate School’s four divisions in Engineering, Humanities, Science and Social Science.
A unique departmental approach to graduate students’ professional development is paying dividends for Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology. Over the past two years, more than 18 students have published a book, article, or book review in a peer-reviewed journal—for a combined total of 26 articles, three books and two book reviews. Nearly half of the publications have appeared in top-ranked journals.
Joan F. Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for her innovation in the use of ionic liquids and supercritical fluids for environmentally benign chemical processing.
A new graduate program designed to fill the need for registered patent agents will admit its first class this fall after gaining approval in late January. The one-year program, a Master of Science in Patent Law, will train students with a science or engineering background with the additional skills necessary to pass the Patent Bar exam.
Jean-Baptiste Thibault, who received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2006, was one of seven General Electric scientists and engineers to be named a recipient of the Edison Pioneer Award in 2011.
Post-doctoral fellow Errol Philip made history this fall when he became the first two-time winner of a prestigious American Psychological Association graduate student award—just the latest in a long list of accolades.
Notre Dame psychologist Nicole McNeil recently received a three-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences for her research in factors affecting children’s understanding of mathematics.
In July 2012, scholar, conductor and interdisciplinary artist Carmen-Helena Tellez will join the University of Notre Dame as a professor in the Department of Music and in the Master of Sacred Music program in the Department of Theology.