The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Announces 2022-2023 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Class

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The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) has selected 10 Notre Dame students for its 2022-2023 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. After a competitive process that assessed each applicant’s research potential, interdisciplinary interest, and commitment to collaboration, these students were selected to join the scholarly community of the NDIAS for the coming academic year.

The Undergraduate Research Fellows gain valuable insight into the day-to-day aspects of scholarly research by assisting the faculty and graduate fellows in the NDIAS on their ongoing research projects. During the 2022-2023 academic year, the NDIAS Fellows will be working on projects that explore the future of public life from a range of different disciplines.

“The new class of undergraduate research fellows has already shown a lot of promise through their scholarly engagement on and off campus,” said Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS and the Wilsey Family College Professor of Philosophy. “The URF program will help them learn to make their research findings accessible to researchers in other disciplines and broad, public audiences. Effective communication about scholarship is the root of putting research to work for the public good.”

In addition to building connections with faculty and graduate fellows as research assistants, undergraduate fellows take part in the NDIAS community by attending institute events and meeting in a weekly research seminar. The undergraduate seminar is designed to enhance the interdisciplinary literacy of the undergraduate fellows and help them develop their capacity to express complex research to broad audiences. This general communication training is paired with more targeted workshops about preparing applications for grants, fellowships, and graduate and professional schools. 

Undergraduate fellows receive a stipend of $1,100 each semester during their year of participation in the program.

The 2022-2023 NDIAS Undergraduate Research Fellows are:

Ana López Almánzar, sophomore majoring in psychology and education, schooling, and society
Michelle Cho, senior majoring in psychology and economics
Aidan Creeron, senior majoring in economics and history
Allan George, junior majoring in neuroscience and behavior
Jonathan Gilman, senior majoring in environmental science
Luisana Gonzalez, senior majoring in English
Doyup Kwon, junior majoring in civil engineering
Brigid Miller, sophomore majoring in neuroscience and behavior
Cerila Rapadas, junior majoring in psychology
Tianle Zhang, junior majoring in PLS and philosophy

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 on core issues that affect our ability to lead valuable, meaningful lives. To learn more, please visit


Jeff Tolly / Assistant Director of Educational Initiatives

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study / University of Notre Dame

Jeff Tolly / 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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