Class of 2017

Zhixing Zhang
Tianyue Li
Jinggang (Jenny) Ng
Xinyi Wang
Xinhe Wu
Shao-ming Yang
Siyu Zhao
 

Zhixing Zhang

Zhixing Zhang 17

Beijing No. 4 High School, Beijing
Li Ka Shing Foundation Full Scholarship Recipient

I am from Beijing, China and I graduated magna cum laude in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and history.

As a mathematics major, I enjoyed and benefited tremendously from exploring fundamental and analytical mathematical principles. As a member of the Notre Dame History Honors Program, I won the 2016 Monsignor Francis A. O’Brien Award for best history paper by a history major. I also completed an honors thesis on Medieval/Early Modern East Asian History under the supervision of Professor Julia Adeney Thomas.

In my junior year summer, I received generous research funding from the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement to travel to Japan and Korea to conduct archival and field research towards my thesis, which won the department’s 2017 Best Senior Honors Thesis Award.

In terms of extracurricular activities, I served as vice president of the Notre Dame History Club for two years, was an international ambassador for International Student and Scholars Affairs, an officer in the Notre Dame Chinese Student and Scholar Association, and a tutor at the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures from my sophomore year through senior year.

I am currently studying at Stanford Law School, where I hope to continue researching the divergence and balance between the East and the West.

Tianyue Li

Tianyue Li

Jiangsu Tianyi High School, Wuxi

I am from Wuxi, China. I studied at Jiangsu Tianyi High School before attending Notre Dame. Currently, I am a senior double majoring in Finance and Mathematics.

Back in high school, I participated in Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps people in need renovate their homes. My friends and I raised 30,000 RMB for the program and spent two weeks helping people in the Yunnan Province rebuild their houses.

At Notre Dame, I am an active member of the Student International Business Council. My group members and I compiled pitch books and built valuation models for potential IPO and M&A deals. During the past year, I have presented company pitches to professionals in the Credit Suisse Chicago office, Morgan Stanley New York office and Goldman Sachs New York office. Outside of SIBC, I have attended several diversity/pre-internship programs held by some bulge bracket banks in their New York offices to network with alumni and learn more about the financial service industry. I will be working in the commodities group at Goldman Sachs, New York, after my graduation.

Jinggang (Jenny) Ng

Jenny Ng

King George V School, Hong Kong

I am from Hong Kong, China and I graduated from Notre Dame in 2017. I am currently a master’s student at Peking University's Yenching Academy. My time at Notre Dame enabled me to fully explore my interests and better understand myself.

At Notre Dame, I studied political science and wrote my senior thesis on Chinese-Latin American relations. Through the Greater China Scholars Program and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, I conducted research in Beijing, Turkey, Iceland, Morocco and England. I also worked with Education Bridge to build a school in South Sudan, which now serves 220 students. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing.

I am grateful for the support of the Notre Dame community and for the many opportunities I had to explore my interests.

Xinyi Wang

High School Affiliated with Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an

I am currently a senior majoring in Computer Science. I am extremely lucky to spend my college life at Notre Dame, and the four years at Notre Dame is definitely a transformational experience. I am able to freely explore my academic interest with the help of the resources and supportive professors. Moreover, Notre Dame also greatly shaped me as a person. As a Computer Science major, I also need to take core requirements like philosophy, theology, and literature etc. These classes expose me to many important problems outside of my field of studies, and this makes me a more well-rounded person and a more informed citizen.

People at Notre Dame are extremely helpful and kind- I could never have become who I am now without the help from my professors and friends. I never coded before college, so I was really scared when I started taking Computer Science classes my sophomore year. My professors gave me a lot of encouragement and support. Many professors in the CS department were willing to allow me to participate in their research project as a sophomore new in CS. Their patient mentorship improved my skills as a computer science student; their work ethics and kind encouragement greatly influenced me as a person. I worked in two labs, and one of our results got published this year. I was also able to intern at Google and LinkedIn during two summers in college.

The environment at Notre Dame is very supportive and accepting. People love to help each other, and we are encouraged to be socially responsible. One distinct character of a Notre Dame student is that they do not simply pursue success as defined by money and status, but also think about the meaning of their work to the society. The experience at Notre Dame will always encourage me to keep improving myself.
 

Xinhe Wu

Xinhe Wu

Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing

I am from Nanjing, China. I spent six years studying at the Nanjing Foreign Language School. I am currently a senior in the college of Arts and Letters, with a double major in Philosophy and Mathematics.

My fascination with philosophy began at a young age when I constantly asked questions about ordinary life. The profound world of philosophy encourages me to always pursue truth in its raw form. Notre Dame enables me to pursue my love of philosophy and I am blessed with the chance to have stimulating discussions on topics of great interest to me, with distinguished scholars in the field. In the process, I have developed an enthusiasm for mathematical logic, philosophical logic, and the philosophy of language.

During the summer following my sophomore year, I conducted an independent research in philosophy of language, focusing on the role of demonstratives in general semantic theory. My research was supervised by Professor Jeff Speaks and kindly funded by GCS Summer Enrichment Awards. In my junior year, I was an exchange student at the University of Oxford, New College. At Oxford, I worked on axiomatic truth theories with Professor Volker Halbach. I am now writing a senior thesis on the Sorites Paradox, and am applying for PHD programs in philosophy.

Shao-ming Yang

Taipei Municipal 1st Girls’ Senior High School, Taipei

I am currently a senior Science-Business major in the Glynn Family Honors Program.

The past three years at Notre Dame have been quite busy, but I’m happy to say that with the help of friends and faculty, I have accomplished many academic and personal life goals!  As an active member of the Student International Business Council, I am always fascinated by the various interesting projects to work on and the idea of promoting peace through commerce. I have also pursued my interest in the natural sciences through volunteering as a judge for the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

During the summer following my sophomore year, I interned with the British Chamber of Commerce. It was an amazing experience that gave me the opportunity to learn about several industries such as railroads, cosmetics, and healthcare. I have also worked as a business development intern at a medical device startup. There’s nothing like getting in on the ground floor! The Science-Business major is incredibly versatile and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

I’m currently working on my senior year thesis, which will be focused on how electronic CRM systems are used in a life sciences capacity. During this year’s Asia Leadership Forum, I was fortunate enough to meet the Former President of the Republic of China during a student dinner and serve as the co-master of ceremonies. I can honestly say this would never have happened without the recommendation of the Greater China Scholars Program’s recommendation and the Liu Institute’s support!
 

Siyu Zhao

Siyu Zhao

Wuhan Foreign Language High School, Wuhan

I am from Wuhan China. I am currently a fifth year student majoring in architecture. I am interested in architecture because it is a combination of geometry and art. It can manifest my artistic talents in a practical sense. The School of Architecture at Notre Dame focuses on classical architecture and stresses the importance of hand drawing. This suits my own pursuits in this field. Just recently, one of my architecture professors told us about how architectural designs could affect the ways people live in them, creating a type of community. The fact that architects can influence other people’s life styles through their designs, fascinates me and took my interests in architecture to another level.

In the summer of 2016, I did an internship with an architecture firm in Paris, through a Notre Dame alumnus who graduated from the architecture school a few years ago. It was a very helpful experience for me because I want to work in Europe after I graduate, and this job showed me the possibilities. I also volunteered at the 53rd International Making Cities Livable Conference in Rome. My professor in Rome recommended this event to me. It was a great opportunity to learn about the various ways of approaching urbanism from experts of different fields. I was able to obtain insights about my major from people who are not just architects. With the help of an internship grant I received from the Nanovic Institute, in the summer 2017, I worked with an Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi, who won the Driehaus prize in 2015.

This is my last year as an architecture undergraduate at Notre Dame. I look forward to gaining more knowledge and skills to help ready me for this profession.