Class of 2019

Yutong Liu
Ce Liang
Lillian Claire Mason
Jiaying Qian
Rouchen Sun
Kwan Ho Herman Tong
Minyan Wang
Kaiwen Wei
Kangxin Wu
Zihao Xiong
Jonathan Xu
Qing Yuan
Chong Zhang
Yiling Zhou
 

Yutong Liu

Liu Yutong

Li Ka Shing Foundation Full Scholarship Recipient
High school affiliated with Beijing Normal University, Beijing

I am originally from Beijing, China, and am currently a junior at the University of Notre Dame studying biological science, philosophy, and philosophy political science and economics (PPE).

The last two years I have spent here at Notre Dame have been inspiring and exciting. During my freshman year, I was able to conduct research on zebra fish renal-regeneration and facilitate the construction of a smart phone based palliative care data collection system in Uganda. Over my sophomore year, I studied childhood lead poisoning in the communities of South Bend, Indiana. Working with different stakeholders including the St. Joseph County Health Department and local community organizations, a small team made up of faculty and students across different disciplines tackled problems surrounding lead source testing, reporting, and abatement. Partnering with the local community of South Bend has taught me the importance of community involvement in public health research/intervention and allowed me to recognize the vitality of South Bend as a developing city.

Today, I serve as a student manager and team leader for the Take Ten program, which endeavors to empower children and adults with resolution skills. I am also a member of the Senior Leadership Committee of the biology department, serving to improve the biology major.

At Notre Dame, I am not only inspired intellectually in the classroom, I am also challenged to engage with communities and real life problems. I am very grateful for the opportunities Notre Dame has offered me.

Ce Liang

Ce Liang

Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing

I am currently a junior student studying international economics, Japanese, and ACMS.

At Notre Dame, I have been offered many great opportunities to explore my academic interests, as well as to prepare for my future career. Through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, I was able to participate in the Hokkaido International Foundation summer language and culture program that included a homestay experience. In the summer of my freshman year, I was in Hakodate, Japan for eight studying the Japanese language and experiencing authentic local culture. During the spring semester 2017, I participated in the Notre Dame - Keio University exchange program, where I studied the Japanese language, culture and history, as well as East Asian trade and monetary policies at Keio University in Tokyo. Through the Notre Dame alumni network, I also had the opportunity to work as an associate consultant at the headquarters of Oracle Corporation in Japan. Because of these experiences I was able to refine my skills in strategic thinking, addressing inefficient process (specifically marketing and sales process), help clients build up new strategies, and of course operate in a multilingual environment.

In the summer of 2016, funded by the GCS Summer Enrichment Award, I was able to serve as a full-time volunteer at the China-Dolls Center for Rare Disorders Beijing Office, where I helped children with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) and conducted independent research. This research project was largely inspired by the Catholic spirit I have been immersed in at Notre Dame for the past three years.

I am so grateful for the experience, skills, and fond memories I have been granted so far as a member of the Notre Dame community. This has been, without a doubt, the most significant personal development experience I have been through.

Lillian Claire Mason

Lillian Mason

Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong

I am from Charlotte, North Carolina, though I graduated from Hong Kong International School. While in high school, I was an accomplished bassoonist as well as a black belt in Taekwondo, a skill I put to use by starting a program that taught women simple but effective methods of self-defense. Academically, I was a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program as well as the “Student of the Year” for my high school’s science department.

I am currently a junior Neuroscience & Behavior major here at Notre Dame. Upon graduating, I intend to go to medical school and pursue a career in neurosurgery. Each week, I volunteer in the pediatric outpatient therapy ward at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where I gain valuable clinical experience and never fail to have my day made by a goofy young patient. Throughout my time as an undergrad, I have had the great privilege of conducting memory research under Dr. G.A. Radvansky, which prepared me for my internship with Northwestern University’s Department of Neuroscience last summer.

In addition to these more academic pursuits, I have also been able to maintain my interests in music and Taekwondo through various university ensembles and clubs. The Greater China Scholars Program has also made it possible for me to further broaden my worldview as I traveled in 2016 to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan to learn about the abundance of culture, spirituality, and conflict that exists in that region. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to both GCS and the University for their help and support throughout my time here at Notre Dame.

Jiaying Qian

Jiaying Qian 19

Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing

I am from Nanjing, China. I am currently a junior, studying business analytics, Portuguese & Brazilian studies.

Last summer, I took intensive Portuguese language courses in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and was awarded with the Intermediate Proficiency Certificate. In addition, I conducted my independent research project on Brazil’s bamboo industry and presented my research findings at academic conferences. None of this would have been possible without the generous help from the Greater China Scholarship (GCS), a Summer Language Abroad (SLA) grant, and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

On campus, I serve as the vice president of the Brazil Club and officer of the IT Club. Making new friends who share my passion has been a great pleasure. In the summer after my junior year, I will join Deloitte as an intern in cyber risk advisory, where I look forward to utilizing my passion and skills in the workplace.

My appreciation goes beyond words for the professors and amazing friends I have met and the generous resources and networks I enjoy at Notre Dame. Next semester I will continue my study at one of Brazil’s top business schools - Fundação Getulio Vargas.

Ruochen Sun

Rouchen Sun

High School Affiliated to Anhui Normal University, Wuhu

I am from Wuhu, China. My current majors are computer science and honor math.

Here at Notre Dame, I have done broad explorations in different disciplines and made several transformations in my academic plan. During the first three semesters, I aspired to be an automobile engineer in the top European automobile manufacturers or Motorsport teams in F1, Le Mans. I joined a student led formula motorsports club at Notre Dame and have started an internship in the industry. I have discovered that I do not really enjoy working as an automobile engineer, since the daily job in the internship or the club is selecting the right sized screws. I miss the pure intellectual experience that mathematics, arts, and literature provide me. All these experiences have helped me decide what I really like or do not like.  At the same time, the community of Notre Dame, including outstanding and easily accessible professors as well as creative and courageous students with diverse experiences, have constantly encouraged me to insist on things I am passionate about, to be confident about my uniqueness, and not to confine myself within a boundary or existed ideas. While, sometimes hitting me with frustrations and floundering, they also constantly challenge my old perceptions and ideas giving me opportunities to generate new ones.

Currently, I am a computer science major, which is a new challenge for me. In this major, there are more opportunities to collaborate with my talented and innovative peers on complicated engineering projects. I am constantly stunned by the knowledge and mechanisms behind computers, software, and the internet, while at the same time quite strange and mythical to us.

Kwan Ho Herman Tong

Herman Tong

Island School, Hong Kong

I am from Hong Kong and am currently a sophomore in the University of Notre Dame. I am pursuing a degree in computer science with a concentration in distributed computing.

When I was in Island School, I was part of two organizations that did fundraising for New Sight Congo. I led a student-based charity organization, I2Eye, and organized a variety of fundraising events. Additionally, I was the head of finance for the Rainbow Trek Committee, which organizes a 25/50km hike every year for the juniors to raise funds.

Currently, I am a teaching assistant for the discrete mathematics course in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. I am also working as a research assistant in the Social Sensing Lab, where a graduate student and I are working on developing a distributed system to analyze Youtube live streams to detect copyright infringement. In this coming summer, I will be interning at Microsoft as a software development engineer.

So far, Notre Dame has given me a tremendous college experience in which I will thrive and cherish every moment. I hope that by the end of my four years, I will not only be equipped with engineering skills but also have developed as a well-rounded person.

Minyan Wang

Minyan Wang

Shenyang No.27 High School, Shenyang

I am from Shenyang, Liaoning and graduated from Shenyang No.27 High School. I am currently a junior studying psychology and economics.

In high school, I was a member of the China Wildlife Conservation Association, and helped to promote its connection with several local wild bird shelter houses in Shenyang. The mission of CWCA is to protect endangered species in urban and suburb area. To achieve this goal, we organized Bird Weeks annually for publicizing and arousing social concerns. Later we established a new project where we rescued fledglings who lost parents due to illegal hunting or other human activities.  We helped them develop their survival abilities to live in the wild before releasing them.

Here at Notre Dame, I am an associate of the student organization Social Justice in American Medical Society in which students interested in controversial topics in medical and psychiatric fields contribute their creative ideas to discussion. I have also continued my pursuit in finding a balance between urban development and the preservation of natural ecosystems. Last summer I studied in Germany through the Notre Dame Berlin program, to further understand how Germans maintain a green economy while facilitating tech developments.

Kaiwen Wei

Kaiwen Wei

Zhenjiang International School, Zhenhai

I am from Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province and am majoring in finance and minoring in studio art.

During high school, while I concentrated in the study of math and physics, my real interests were music and graffiti. As the co-founder and violinist of my high school’s chamber orchestra, I successfully organized several mini concerts both on and off campus. At the same time, I also turned myself into a graffiti artist by constantly improving my skills, which is also the reason that I chose studio art as a minor in my sophomore year. I really wish to study modern art more seriously, not just as a hobby. In my first year at Notre Dame, I was fortunate enough to have my artwork exhibited in O’Shaughnessy Hall.

My second year in high school was when I discovered business management. Since then, I have worked as a restaurant manager over two summer vacations, which also helped me make up my mind to study at the Mendoza College of Business. At Notre Dame, I have joined different business clubs, where I am able to obtain more finance related knowledge and meet more people. During summer vacations, I have interned with different financial institutions, where I get the opportunity to learn what is not in textbooks. Besides focusing on my business studies, I joined a GCS activity-organizing group.  We organized a welcome party for new members and the lantern festival gala, which brought together every GCS member and helped to create the feeling of being home.

During the two years I have spent at Notre Dame, I have further decided the career path that I am going to follow. I really appreciate the help and encouragement from my teachers and friends, who changed my perspective for life and pushed me to take more responsibility for family and society. As a junior, I constantly remind myself that all the achievements I have earned are not due to my ability alone, but to the collaborative efforts of all the people supporting me. Thanks so much to the University of Notre Dame and GCS, I have grown a lot since day one.

Kangxin Wu

Kangxin Wu 19

Ningbo Xiaoshi High School, Ningbo

I am a sophomore at Notre Dame studying architecture. I came from Ningbo Xiaoshi High School in Zhejiang.

Notre Dame has offered me many opportunities to dive into my major. Last summer, with the help of GCS summer enrichment funding, I did independent research about the influence of Daoism on Chinese Garden and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. With the foundation of computer consultant student work in Bond Hall's computer lab my freshman year, I received the opportunity to work in Bond Hall's library. I also joined in the Building South Bend and Campus Tactile Mapping architecture library projects. From these tasks I improved my skill of architectural computer programs, learned about 3D printing technique and got to know the surrounding environment of my university better. In addition, I participated in a weekly volunteer activity called Habitat for Humanity, an organization that constructs affordable housing for those in need. I feel my life in Notre Dame is interesting and fulfilling.

Aside from my major, I also kept my old hobby and explored new interests in Notre Dame. I was able to continue learning drum set, one of my hobbies for over seven years, with the professor of school Jazz band. Furthermore, I am taking Japanese class in sophomore year. I am planning to visit Japan next summer and enjoy the beautiful culture and architecture design there.

Zihao Xiong

Zihao Xiong

Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing

I came from Nanjing Nanjing Foreign Language School. I am currently a finance, applied math and Japanese major junior at the Mendoza College of Business.

Notre Dame offers a wide range of exciting academic choices and has been guiding me in exploring my passion since my freshman year. I can always feel mentally and intellectually motivated in and out of the classroom. Through the Student International Business Council I was able to apply the skills we learned in simulated business cases, during school. With Notre Dame International’s assistance, I studied abroad in Italy during my freshman summer, where I volunteered at Italy Missionary of Charity and researched the Ancient Rome inflation. Thanks to my Japanese major as well as the Liu Institute's sponsorship, I had the opportunity to work with Oracle Japan in Tokyo for six weeks during my sophomore summer, where I explored the multinational tech giant's Japanese business branch and the fantastic cultural and modern life of Tokyo. I am excited to come back and start my second to last year here to further my academic pursuits and potential career passions.

I believe ND will lead me to explore more in the coming years and leave an everlasting positive influence on my life.

Jonathan Xu

Jonathan Xu

Taipei American School, Taipei

I am a member of the Notre Dame class of 2019 majoring in computer science.

In high school, I was an executive officer in the Student Government, where I worked to organize events such as Field Day and Spirit Week. In addition, I worked with my fellow officers to tackle environmental and nutrition-related problems within our school. As the captain of the varsity track and field team, I competed at competitions in Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia. I was also a member of the varsity rugby team and the Spanish honor society.

This year I am a junior at Notre Dame. I am a member of the leadership team in the club Design for America, a nationwide network of design studios that uses design to solve local and social problems. Through the club I built digidorm, a website that allows current and incoming college students to learn about and experience their future dorm rooms through virtual reality. This semester I am working on a design project in partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to design interiors for cars that will allow for a safe transition to autonomous vehicles. I also spend my time during the semester participating in intramural sports, Student Government, and mentoring freshman in the Greater China Scholars Program. In spring 2018, I will be spending a semester in Silicon Valley through the Notre Dame Silicon Valley semester program. While there I will be interning at Thryve, a venture backed start-up in the healthcare technology industry.

During my past two summers, I interned at General Electric as a software engineering intern. I am especially thankful for the support I have received from Ms. Miranda Ma, Dr. Jonathan Noble, my professor’s, peers, and the Greater China Scholarship supporters in contributing to my transformative Notre Dame experience.

Qing Yuan

Yuan Qing

Shanghai Shixi High School, Shanghai

I am currently a sophomore from Shanghai, China. My major is economics with a concentration in politics, philosophy and economics. I also plan to major in philosophy.

Last summer, I studied abroad in Brazil. While there, I did a case study with a local cosmetics company, Natura, on updating its distributional channels as well as conducted research about the influence of constitution and legislation on Brazilian politics. I developed a deep friendship with other students in the summer program and learned more about political theory and its impact on local politics. I plan to do a service learning program next summer. Also, since I am learning Japanese, I look forward to studying abroad in Japan next summer.

The life at Notre Dame is inspiring and exciting. I am deeply grateful for my college experience. I hope to determine my graduation thesis and further my knowledge in PPE in my junior year.

 

Chong Zhang

Chong Zhang

Pudong Foreign Language School, Shanghai

I am a junior at the University of Notre Dame. My major is history, with a supplemental major in ACMS. I am from Shanghai, China.

In high school, I was a volunteer at a local rehabilitation center for drug addicts. This experience fostered my commitment to serving people in need, which is a very important factor that motivated me to go to Notre Dame, where I am able to continue pursuing this kind of service. During the fall break of my sophomore year, I took part in the prestigious Appalachia Seminar. In this one-week immersion in the Appalachia region, I not only helped renovate houses with the residents, but also built friendships with those lovely people who shared so many lessons with me.

Here at Notre Dame, I am a member of the Classics Club. We burned a wooden Trojan horse before the football game against the University of Southern California (USC is our biggest rival school, and their mascot is the Trojans). Meanwhile, I am also a member of the History Club, where we enjoy our time watching historic documentaries, share different opinions, and deepen our understanding of historic issues. In order to get myself even more prepared for my study of history, I am also learning Latin a language rarely spoken anywhere, yet highly respected everywhere.

In the summer after my freshman year, under the sponsorship of GCS, I studied abroad in Rome for five weeks, where I not only learned how to do research in history but also learned how to better serve people. Next semester, I am studying abroad in London, where I will be able to follow my passion for history and other interests.

Yiling Zhou

Yiling Zhou

Shanghai Foreign Language School, Shanghai

Currently I am a junior, majoring in finance and minoring in entrepreneurship at Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame.

During my past three years at Notre Dame, I have actively participated in a large number of extracurricular activities, which developed both my academic excellence and comprehensive personal quality. As the project leader and travel team member of the Notre Dame Student International Business Council, I have worked with a team to apply classroom financial knowledge to help solve business case problems. Being the vice president of both Notre Dame Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Asia Pacific Business Club, I have organized more than twenty events for thousands of students. Moreover, I have co-coordinated the International Orientation to welcome over 400 international students.

During my freshman summer, I used the Greater China Scholarship to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan for two weeks, learning about Japanese culture and business, as well as participated in a Notre Dame Summer Service Learning Program, where I volunteered as a camp counselor in Wisconsin. Both of these experiences were life changing. I learned so much about the Asian business market and performed research on how culture could affect perceptions of business ethics in Japan. At camp, I collaborated with other camp counselors to organize daily arts and sports classes and helped provide a positive growing environment for more than a hundred campers.

I feel very blessed to be a part of the Notre Dame community, where there are many resources that help cultivate both my mind and heart. I am so proud to be a “Domer”. Go Irish!