Class of 2019

Yutong Liu
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
Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar

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

The last three years I have spent here at Notre Dame have been inspiring and exciting. During my freshman year, I was able to conduct research on zebrafish renal-regeneration and facilitate the construction of a smartphone-based palliative care data collection system in Uganda. Over my sophomore year, I studied childhood lead poisoning in the communities of South Bend, Indiana and with different stakeholders to tackle problems surrounding lead source testing, reporting, and abatement. As a junior, I focused my efforts on virology research. Working to design and validate a trivalent antiviral strategy against Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue virus, I hope to contribute not only to the scientific community but also to the wellbeing of those as risk of emerging and re-emerging tropical diseases.

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

Lillian Claire Mason

Lillian Mason

Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong

I am originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, though I graduated from Hong Kong International School. Four years later, I am a senior neuroscience & behavior major here at Notre Dame, where I have continued to pursue my academic and extracurricular passions.

The summer after my freshman year, I had the great privilege of studying history, culture, religion, and politics in Israel/Palestine, thanks to the Greater China Scholars Program. Since sophomore year, I have worked in Notre Dame’s learning & memory lab, finding new ways to test humans’ retention of information using things like audiovisual components and virtual reality. During the summer of 2017, I worked under one of the nation’s most respected sleep researchers, in the department of neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where we investigated the effects of psychological and medicinal interventions on comorbid sleep apnea and insomnia. Junior year, I started volunteering at the local hospital, aiding in the physical, occupational, and speech therapies of disabled children. This has been one of the great joys of my college experience, as my patients inspire me with their tremendous physical and emotional resilience on a daily basis. Last semester, I completed a capstone project with the South Bend Center for the Homeless, in which a group of colleagues and I interacted weekly with local homeless kids in order to devise protective plans for their parents to shelter them from the long-term, detrimental psychological effects of childhood trauma.

In my free time, I play bassoon in several university ensembles, attend many Fighting Irish sporting events, and participate in the dozens of activities going on in my dorm (Yay Pasquerilla West!).

I am currently applying to research positions for my gap year, and will begin the medical school application process this summer after commencement.

Jiaying Qian

Jiaying Qian 19

Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing

I am a senior student, studying business analytics, and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies.

On campus, I am a member of the Women’s Boxing Club. I participated in the tournaments and completed my fundraising which is part of the program that raised $750,000 for a school in Uganda. Additionally, I serve as the Vice President of the Brazil Club. I co-organized events to celebrate Brazilian culture with Brazilian students and the local Brazilian community.

Outside of Notre Dame, I studied a semester in Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Latin America’s best business school in Brazil; interned at GuiaBolso, a fast-growing Brazilian fin-tech with 4M+ users; and promoted China’s ethnic minority art and ecotourism in the rural Guizhou through Notre Dame’s International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP).

I am deeply grateful for my time at Notre Dame — great professors, great friends and great university resources. I will continue my academic pursuit and enjoy my time here. I am also looking forward to becoming a cyber strategy consultant after graduation.

Ruochen Sun

Rouchen Sun

High School Affiliated to Anhui Normal University, Wuhu

I am majoring in computer science. At Notre Dame, I have done broad explorations in different disciplines and made several transformations in my academic plan.

In my 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 formula motorsport club at Notre Dame and have started an internship in the Industry. I have discovered that I don't really enjoy working as an automobile engineer since the daily job in the internship or in the club is selecting the right size of screws. I missed the pure intellectual experience that mathematics, arts, and literature provide me. All these experiences have help me decide what I really like or don’t 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, constantly encourages me to insist on things I am passionate about, to be confident about my uniqueness, and to not 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 which gives me opportunities to generate new ones. I have met a professor who gave up the comfortable life in Europe and studied in China in the 1980s, a student who struggles a lot in Honors Math but still stays in this major due to their love of math, and a student who does their own researches in countries that are easily neglected by most people. All of these people have enabled me to pursue things that I used to believe were beyond my reach.

My undergraduate study in computer science is close to the end. With the exploration in both theoretical and application level of computer science, I gained not only skills and knowledge but also the spirit of teamwork. Under the guidance of professors, I collaborated with fellow students and accomplished projects such as predicting paper citations using network science or composing classical music with AI.

Kwan Ho Herman Tong

Herman Tong

Island School, Hong Kong

I chose Notre Dame because of its rigorous academic curriculum as well as its strong sense of community. When selecting university to attend, I prioritized academic quality and school spirits and from my brother’s experience attending Notre Dame, I just knew that this was the place I wanted to spend my college life. 

As a computer science major, I am fairly involved with the College of Engineering. I have served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Discrete Mathematics course. As an undergraduate researcher, I have been partaking in a project to detect copyright violation on internet live streams. My role is to work with a graduate student to develop a distributed system to collect data in parallel. The team has worked hard and the result has been published in the Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining conference. For my final semester at Notre Dame, I am working in the Cooperative Computing Lab as an undergraduate researcher developing a prototype of distributed file system.

My experience in the research project and academic experience have also landed me an Internship with Microsoft this past summer. I have also received a full-time offer and will continue my career in Seattle after graduation.

Minyan Wang

Minyan Wang

Shenyang No.27 High School, Shenyang

I am from Shenyang, China. I am now a senior student majoring in psychology.

At Notre Dame, I’m a member of student association Social Justice in American Medical Society, and volunteered at South Bend center for the Homeless. In SJAM, I also organized and delivered a nutrition talk to the local community. I studied in Berlin and traveled across Germany in the summer. The Notre Dame Berlin program provided me with the opportunity to get in contact with local residents from various cultural background. I tutored mathematics, English, and German in Canisius-Kolleg. The rich cultural immersion shaped my understanding the world and people around us.

Notre Dame is a place where people are encouraged to try different things and explore their interest. I used to be a pre-med student, but after trying a variety of different disciplines and courses, I discovered my strong interest in cognitive psychology, which led me to change my major. I look forward to continuing my study and research in human cognition after graduation in May.

Kaiwen Wei

Kaiwen Wei

Zhenjiang International School, Zhenhai

I am a senior majoring in finance and minoring in studio art. It is my honor to be a part of the Notre Dame community and GCS family.

During my four years at Notre Dame, I fulfilled both my academic responsibility and passion for art and design. Being active an member of all kinds of business clubs and communities, I spend great amounts of time filling my financial skill-set. In the past three summers, I interned in an investment bank and a hedge fund, gaining more real-life experience in fiercely competitive working places. At the same time, I did not forget my passion for art and design. Through rigorous training of studio classes, I am becoming an artist and designer with mature aesthetic value and deeper understanding of design elements.

I am an active member of the Chinese students community. I partake in organizing some GCS events, including the Lantern Festival gathering and welcome party for incoming students. I also co-organized the singing competition and the new year gala with the Notre Dame Chinese Students and Scholars Association. I really cherish the life experience the GCS community brought to me and wish the program a even brighter future.

Kangxin Wu

Kangxin Wu 19

Ningbo Xiaoshi High School, Ningbo

I am a fourth-year architecture student.

Notre Dame has offered me many opportunities to dive into my major. Thanks to the School of Architecture’s Study Abroad Program in Rome last year, I walked the whole city of Rome following professors who knew Italy by heart. I also visited many other European countries during breaks and deepened my understanding of classical architecture. During last summer, I interned at ADAM Architecture in Winchester, UK, and learned about practicing classical architecture in the real world. People at the firm told me my active participation in various school activities prepared me well for the internship.

In my freshman year, with the sponsor 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 experience as a computer consultant at Bond Hall's computer lab, I worked well in the architecture library during the sophomore year. I participated in the “Building South Bend” and “Campus Tactile Mapping” architecture projects, joined student groups including Design for America and Frank Montana Sketch Club, making my life at Notre Dame interesting and fulfilling.

Outside of architecture, I also explored new interests at Notre Dame. I took Japanese classes since the sophomore year and attended the International Christian University Summer Language Program in Tokyo, sponsored by the GCS program. I hold great passion in Japanese culture and will continue my Japanese study towards a Japanese minor.

Zihao Xiong

Zihao Xiong

Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing

I am from Nanjing, China. I am a senior student at the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance, applied math and Japanese.

Notre Dame offers a wide range of exciting academic choices and has been guiding me in exploring my passion since the freshman year. With ND International’s assistance, I studied abroad in Italy during the summer after my freshman year, where I volunteered at Italy Missionary of Charity and researched on the Ancient Rome inflation history. Sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Japanese department, I spent my second summer in Tokyo, the economic heart of Japan. I interned at Oracle Japan and worked directly with the board of the company, providing management consulting advices to the American tech giant’s cloud go-to-market strategies in Asia Pacific region.

As a member of the Investment Management Leadership Program at the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing, I am provided with some of the most valuable opportunities to closely interact with renowned and extraordinary figures in the financial service industry, establishing extended relationship as I continue exploring my career path within this field. During my senior year first semester, I served the Applied Investment Management Class of the 47th with the other 23 selected finance major seniors, co-managing a 15-million-dollar, long only US equity fund on behalf of the university endowment and the Notre Dame Investment Office.

I am grateful for the incredible opportunities that this institute has offered me, and I look forward to carrying my Notre Dame heritage as I move forward in the global financial community.

Jonathan Xu

Jonathan Xu

Taipei American School, Taipei

I am a senior student majoring in computer science. 

I am a member of the leadership team in our Design for America studio, a nationwide network of Design studios that use design thinking in order to solve local and social problems. Through the club I co-founded digidorm, a website that allows current and incoming college students to learn about and experience their future dorm rooms through virtual reality. We placed 2nd in the on-campus Business Ideas Challenge, and were featured on the local ABC57 news channel. I also had the chance to work on a project sponsored by Fiat-Chrysler automobiles, and travel to Detroit to present to executives. I am also co-president of the Taiwanese Student Association, an organization on campus dedicated to promoting and celebrating Taiwanese culture.

In the spring semester of 2018, I had the chance to participate in the Notre Dame Silicon Valley program. While there, I interned with the healthcare tech startup Thryve. During my summers at Notre Dame, I also have had the chance to intern at General Electric twice after my freshman and sophomore years. After my junior year, I interned at Nat, a seed-funded startup in San Francisco. Next summer after graduation, I will start working at Gusto, a technology company in San Francisco that was rated by Forbes as one of the Top 100 technology startups.

I am grateful to the Greater China Scholars program for providing me the opportunity to explore my interests by meeting with other scholars, attend special events, and support me academically and personally throughout my time at Notre Dame.

Qing Yuan

Yuan Qing

Shanghai Shixi High School, Shanghai

I am currently a senior student majoring in economics and philosophy.

During the summer after my freshman year, 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. During the summer of my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Japan and communicated with local students and developed a deep understanding of Japanese culture. On campus, I participated in SIBC as project leaders and team members to learn how to solve ambiguous problems for clients. Now, under the guidance of Professor Sterba, I am writing an honor thesis on Neo-Aristotelian moral theories' ability to solve moral relativism problem. I am determined to attend law school after graduation, and my experience at Notre dame has prepared me for it.

The life at Notre Dame is inspiring and exciting. I am deeply grateful for my college experience.

Chong Zhang

Chong Zhang

Pudong Foreign Language School, Shanghai

I am majoring in history, with a supplemental major in ACMS.

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 really 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 in sophomore year, I took part in the prestigious Appalachia Seminar. In the 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 University of Southern California (USC is our biggest rival school, and their mascot is the Trojans). 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. I believe my study of history at Notre Dame has been a success.

Yiling Zhou

Yiling Zhou

Shanghai Foreign Language School, Shanghai

I am a finance major at Mendoza College of Business.

During my past three years at Notre Dame, I have actively participated in a large number of extracurricular activities, which have developed both my academic excellence and comprehensive personal qualities. As the project leader and travel team member of Notre Dame's Student International Business Council, I have worked with a team to apply the classroom financial knowledge to solving business case problems. As Vice President of both the 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 co-coordinated the International Student Orientation to help 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. I also participated in Notre Dame's Summer Service Learning Program, volunteering as a camp counselor in Wisconsin. Both of these experiences were life changing. At the 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.

After graduation, I will join Evercore M&A in their New York office doing investment banking. I feel really blessed to be a part of the Notre Dame community. There are so many resources that cultivate both my mind and heart. I am so proud to be a Domer. Go Irish!