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2017 Naughton Fellows Announced: More than 20 Students to Participate in Stem Exchange Program

Nina Welding • DATE: May 2, 2017

Twenty-four students have been named recipients of the Naughton Fellowships for 2017. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. students from the University of Notre Dame and from five universities in Ireland. This year’s winners from Notre Dame represent three Notre Dame colleges and schools, including the colleges of arts and letters, engineering and science.

Speaking about this year’s awardees, Brian Baker, the Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Structural Biology and Director of the Naughton Fellowships, said, “I wholeheartedly welcome and congratulate our newest Naughton Fellows. This year’s awardees are exceptional young scholars and researchers from diverse fields. I thank the Naughton Family for their generous support of this program and look forward to witnessing what these bright, young minds from Notre Dame and the Irish universities experience, learn, create and discover as a result of this opportunity.”

The 2017 Naughton Fellowship awardees are as follows:

Ph.D. Candidates
Sarah Bliese, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, will go to Dublin City University to develop a scalable system for monitoring air pollutants in low resource settings at the National Centre for Sensor Research in the School of Chemical Sciences.

Oisín Murtagh, a Ph.D. student in the Applied Physics Research Group at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Physics, will go to the University of Notre Dame to complete research in non-conventional computing devices at Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano)..

Masters Students
Seán Bolton, an electronic and computer engineering graduate from the National University of Ireland, Galway, will complete the Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) program at the University of Notre Dame.

Tessa Clarizio, an environmental engineering major and energy studies minor from the University of Notre Dame, will complete a masters in water, waste and environmental engineering at University College Dublin.

Rosie Giglia, a neuroscience and behavior and Irish language and literature graduate from the University of Notre Dame, will complete a masters in neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin.

Alison Hennessy, a nanoscience graduate from Trinity College Dublin, will complete the ESTEEM program at the University of Notre Dame.

Sean Keenan, a chemical and biomolecular engineering graduate from the University of Notre Dame, will complete a masters in biopharmaceutical engineering at University College Dublin next year.

Khaoula Morchid, a civil engineering graduate from the University of Notre Dame, will complete a masters in transport engineering, policy and planning at Trinity College Dublin.

Cian O’Donnell, a biochemistry graduate from University College Cork, will complete a masters through the ESTEEM program at Notre Dame.

Tyron Pretorius, a graduate of the masters of mechanical and manufacturing engineering at Trinity College Dublin, will pursue a masters through Notre Dame's ESTEEM program.

Undergraduate Students
Bronwyn Berkeley, a human genetics student at Trinity College Dublin, will complete her undergraduate research experience in cancer biology at the University of Notre Dame.

Benjamin MacCurtain, a Dublin City University biomedical engineering student, will complete his undergraduate research experience in finite element analysis at Notre Dame.

William McCarthy, a Trinity College Dublin chemistry major, will complete his undergraduate research experience in nanoscience at Notre Dame.

Andrew McEllistrim, a University College Cork physics and mathematics major, will complete his undergraduate research experience in biophysics at the University of Notre Dame this summer.

Ryan Mackey, a computer science major from the University of Notre Dame, will conduct STEM research at Trinity College Dublin.

Adam Mallette, a Notre Dame chemical engineering major, will complete his undergraduate research experience in engineering at University College Dublin.

Kate Mockler, a University College Dublin biomedical engineering student, will complete her undergraduate research experience in nano science and technology at Notre Dame.

Frances Nally, a biochemistry and bolecular biology student at University College Dublin, will take part in biology research at the University of Notre Dame.

Phillip Petrasko, a Notre Dame science-business major, will complete his undergraduate research experience in biomaterials at Dublin City University.

Tim Pierret, a Notre Dame mechanical engineering major, will complete his undergraduate research experience in engineering at Trinity College Dublin.

Nicholas Wilt, a Notre Dame mechanical engineering student, will complete his undergraduate research experience in tissue biomechanics at Dublin City University this summer.

Cian Roche, a University College Cork physics student, will complete his undergraduate research experience in astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame.

Michael Sinanian, a Notre Dame mechanical engineering major and energy studies minor, will complete his undergraduate research experience in the 3D printing of medical devices at University College Dublin.

Darren Walsh, a Dublin City University genetics and cell biology major, will complete his undergraduate research experience in biology at the University of Notre Dame.

Additionally, one Clark Fellowship was awarded to Christian Femrite from Notre Dame, who will undertake his undergraduate research experience in sustainable energy at University College Cork.

The Naughton Fellowship program allows students with a background in, or aptitude for, STEM fields to experience international research and educational opportunities through a funded exchange program involving the University of Notre Dame and some of Ireland’s leading research universities. Irish undergraduates, Masters students and Ph.D. candidates can come to Notre Dame on the Fellowship, while Notre Dame undergraduates, Masters students and Ph.D. candidates can travel to Ireland to study and complete research.

For more information, including how to apply, please see naughton.nd.edu.

— Joanne Fahey, Office of Research