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Notre Dame student wins national mathematics prize

Author: Marissa Gebhard

MurphyKate Montee

MurphyKate Montee, a senior honors mathematics and music double major at the University of Notre Dame, has received the 2013 Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, an honor awarded to only one undergraduate woman in the U.S. each year.

Montee is a member of the Seminar for Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR), a program designed for the most talented mathematics students at Notre Dame. Montee is completing a senior honors thesis, titled “On the Construction of the Chern Classes of Complex Vector Bundles.” Montee has already authored or co-authored three research articles, two of which have been submitted for publication and have appeared on the Mathematics ArXiv.

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Nanotechnology competition brings top undergraduate researchers from across U.S. to Notre Dame

Author: Arnie Phifer


Elisabeth Bianco, a senior chemistry major at Ohio State University, received the $3,000 first place award at the second annual Notre Dame Competition in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and Campus Tour (NDConnect).

Bianco won for her exploration of the properties of a one-atom-thick layer of the semiconductor germanium, which she synthesized for the first time and then characterized.

“Only a couple of years ago, the Nobel Prize was awarded to the researchers who developed graphene, a two-dimensional material made of carbon atoms,” says Ken Kuno, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame.

“Elisabeth’s work moves beyond graphene by looking at a two-dimensional layer of germanium, which has many interesting properties, including advantages in the development of new transistors for computers.”

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Senior Kevin McDermott spends summer at CERN

Author: Stephanie Healey

Kevin McDermott

Kevin McDermott, a senior physics major at the University of Notre Dame, recently returned from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spent nine weeks as a summer researcher. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), most powerful particle accelerator in the world. McDermott was one of 10 students selected from the United States to work at CERN for the summer.

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Notre Dame REU program hosts annual intercollegiate Physics Olympics

Author: Stephanie Healey


On July 9,  the Department of Physics and Notre Dame’s Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program hosted the annual Physics Olympics in the Jordan Hall of Science. REU students from Michigan State, Purdue and Notre Dame participated in the events.

This year’s Physics Olympics included three group events designed to draw upon the students’ knowledge of basic physics principles.  Each event was timed and utilized everyday household items that needed to be used to complete a task.

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2012 College of Science Joint Annual Meeting showcases undergraduate research to over 400 attendees

Author: Stephanie Healey


The College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) attracted over 400 hundred student attendees to the Jordan Hall of Science on Friday, May 4.  Undergraduate students presented their original research in the areas of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Biological Sciences.  Twenty five students gave oral presentations and 102 students showcased their research through poster presentations. In addition, five guest presenters from the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair for elementary and high school students exhibited their research in the Galleria. The attendance at this year’s event was the largest in the six year history of COS-JAM.

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Undergraduate researchers contribute to new discovery in superconductor metastability

Author: Gene Stowe


Researchers in the laboratory of Professor Morten Ring Eskildsen have recently published the first findings on metastability in the superconductor magnesium diboride (MgB2). The paper, “Observation of Well-Ordered Metastable Vortex Lattice Phases in Superconducting MgB2 Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering,” appeared in the April 20 issue of Physical Review Letters. Two of its authors, Tommy O'Brien '10 and Kim Schlesinger '11, were undergraduate researchers who had received support from the Glynn Family Honors Program and the summer REU program at Notre Dame.

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Patrick O’Hayer wins Goldwater Scholarship

Author: Stephanie Healey

Patrick O'Hayer

University of Notre Dame junior Patrick O’Hayer has been named a 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.  He was selected from thousands of applicants to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

O’Hayer is a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and is majoring in biology, with a minor in philosophy.  He plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. dual degree program and wants to conduct translational medical research, likely in the field of molecular genetics.

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