The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study announces 2021-2022 Undergraduate Research Fellowship class

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The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) has selected 16 Notre Dame students for its 2021-2022 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. The students were chosen through a competitive application process and were selected on the basis of their research experience, collaborative potential, and interdisciplinary commitment.

The Undergraduate Research Fellows will serve as research assistants for the institute’s incoming faculty and graduate fellows, who are conducting research projects on the theme of resilience. Undergraduate fellows receive work-study compensation for their contribution to the program.

“The undergraduate fellows bring creativity, talent, and boundless energy to our institute community,” said Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS and the Wilsey Family College Professor of Philosophy. “Through their work, they help our faculty and graduate fellows grow their projects and extend the breadth and relevance of their research. We have high hopes for this 2021-2022 cohort, and we are certain they’ll leave the year with new skills, strong mentors, and an ambition to go after questions in search of answers.”

In addition to supporting the research projects of the institute’s faculty and graduate scholars, the undergraduates regularly attend institute events and meet in weekly research seminars. Led by J’Nese Williams, NDIAS Assistant Director of Educational Initiatives, these seminars are designed to develop the undergraduates’ research and communications skills and expand their scholarly and professional networks.

“On a campus teeming with research opportunities, the NDIAS offers undergraduate fellows a uniquely interdisciplinary experience,” Williams said. “Our seminars help students learn to clearly express concepts from their home disciplines to people from a range of fields. These flexible communication skills will allow students to meaningfully contribute to the 21st century marketplace of ideas. I look forward to working with our impressive class of incoming students.” 

The 2021-2022 NDIAS Undergraduate Research Fellows are:

Minha Ansari, sophomore majoring in economics
Bennett Dye, sophomore majoring in political science
MyKayla Geary, junior majoring in economics and sociology
Jonathan Gilman, junior majoring in environmental science
Brigid Harrington, senior majoring in political science and film, television, and theatre
David Haungs, junior majoring in chemistry and political science
Alexis Kelly, junior majoring in art history and psychology
María Camila León, senior majoring in psychology and Latino studies
Kendra Lyimo, sophomore majoring in art history
Lyric Medeiros, junior majoring in English, journalism, and film, television, and theatre
Christian Morrison, junior majoring in classics and economics
Carlos Benito Murga, junior majoring in psychology
Charlotte Probst, senior majoring in biological sciences and philosophy
Emma Ryan, sophomore majoring in political science and global affairs
Lillian Witte, senior majoring in anthropology and gender studies
Felicity Wong, sophomore majoring in English

The NDIAS convenes an interdisciplinary group of faculty fellows, top doctoral candidates, and undergraduate scholars to study questions that require a joint focus, benefit from sustained research and discussion, and advance our understanding of core issues that affect our ability to lead valuable, meaningful lives. To learn more, please visit


J'Nese Williams / Assistant Director of Educational Initiatives

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study / University of Notre Dame

J'Nese Williams / 574.631.4838 / @NotreDameIAS

About Notre Dame Research:

The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world. For more information, please visit or @UNDResearch.

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