Class of 2019

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


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Yutong Liu

Liu Yutong

Li Ka Shing Foundation Scholar
Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar

Post graduation: Healthcare Analytics & Delivery Campus Fellow, McKinsey & Company, Chicago
Field(s) of study: Biological Sciences; Philosophy, Political science and Economics (PPE)
High School: High school affiliated with Beijing Normal University, Beijing

The four years I spent 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 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.

I served as a student manager and team leader for the Take Ten program, which endeavors to empower children and adults with resolution skills. I was 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.

Ce Liang

Ce Liang

Post graduation: Master of Finance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
Field(s) of study: Economics; Japanese; ACMS
High School: Nanjing Foreign Language School

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 with the homestay experience in Hakodate, Japan for eight weeks in my freshman summer, studying the Japanese language and experiencing authentic local culture.

During Spring semester 2017, I was enrolled 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 have worked as an associate consultant at the headquarters of Oracle Corporation in Japan.

Funded by the GCS Summer Enrichment Award, I served 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 service and research project was largely inspired by the Catholic spirit I have been immersed in at Notre Dame.

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

Post graduation: Gap year for medical school
Field(s) of study: Neuroscience and Behavior
High School: Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong (Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina)

The summer after my freshman year, I had the great privilege of studying history, culture, religion, and politics in Israel/Palestine, thanks to the support of 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!).

Jiaying Qian

Jiaying Qian 19

Post graduation: Cyber Strategy Consultant, Deloitte, Chicago
Field(s) of study: Business Analytics; Portuguese and Brazilian Studies 
High School: Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing

On campus, as a member of the Women’s Boxing Club, I participated in the Baraka Bouts tournaments. Together with my peer boxers, I raised $750,000 for a school in Uganda. As 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; I interned at GuiaBolso, a fast-growing Brazilian fin-tech with 4M+ users; I 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.

Ruochen Sun

Rouchen Sun

Post graduation: Gap year for graduate school
Field(s) of study: Computer Science
High School: High School Affiliated to Anhui Normal University, Wuhu

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 formula motorsport club at Notre Dame and started an internship in the industry. Through the experience, I discovered 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. In the meantime, 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 pursue what 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 conducted research in countries that are easily neglected by most people. All of these people have enabled me to pursue what I used to believe were beyond my reach.

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

Post graduation: Software Engineer, Microsoft, Seattle
Field(s) of study: Computer Science
High School: 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, served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Discrete Mathematics course. As an undergraduate researcher, I had been partaking in a research project to detect copyright violation on internet live streams. My role was to work with a graduate student to develop a distributed system to collect data in parallel. The research paper was published in the Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining conference. For my final semester at Notre Dame, I worked in the Cooperative Computing Lab as an undergraduate researcher developing a prototype of distributed file system.

Minyan Wang

Minyan Wang

Post graduation: Gap year for graduate school
Field(s) of study: Psychology
High School: Shenyang No.27 High School, Shenyang

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. With SJAM, I organized and delivered a nutrition talk to the local community. I studied abroad in Berlin with the Notre Dame Berlin program, which provided me with the opportunity to interact with local residents from various cultural backgrounds. 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

Post graduation: Master of Fine Art I, New York School of Interior Design, New York
Field(s) of study: Finance; Studio Art
High School: Zhenjiang International School, Zhenhai

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.

Zihao Xiong

Zihao Xiong

Post graduation: Investment Banking Analyst, JP Morgan, New York
Field(s) of study: Finance; ACMS: Japanese
High School: Nanjing Foreign Language School

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 have been 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 the first semester of my senior year, I join the 47th Class of Applied Investment Management with the other 23 selected finance major seniors, co-managing a 15-million-dollar, lon- 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

Post graduation: Software Engineer, Gusto, San Francisco
Field(s) of study: Computer Science
High School: Taipei American School, Taipei

At Notre Dame I was 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. 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

Post graduation: J.D. student, NYU School of Law, New York
Field(s) of study: Economics; Philosophy
High School: Shanghai Shixi High School, Shanghai

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. Under the guidance of Professor Sterba, I wrote an honor thesis on Neo-Aristotelian moral theories' ability to solve moral relativism problem.

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

Chong Zhang

Chong Zhang

Post graduation: Master of Science in Financial Mathematics, University of Chicago
Field(s) of study: History; ACMS
High School: Pudong Foreign Language School, Shanghai

My volunteer experience at a local rehabilitation center for drug addicts in high school fostered my commitment to service, which was a determining factor for me to attend Notre Dame, where I have been able to continue serving people in need. 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.

At Notre Dame, I was 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 was also a member of the History Club, where we enjoyed our time watching historic documentaries, sharing different opinions, and deepening our understanding of historic issues. I studied Latin, a language rarely spoken anywhere, yet highly respected everywhere.

Yiling Zhou

Yiling Zhou

Post graduation: Investment Banking Analyst, Evercore M&A, New York
Field(s) of study: Finance
High School: Shanghai Foreign Language School, Shanghai

At Notre Dame, I 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 organized more than twenty events for thousands of students. As an International Ambassador, I co-coordinated the International Student Orientation to help welcome over 400 international students.

During my freshman summer, I used the GCS Summer Enrichment Award to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan, learning about Japanese culture and business. I participated in Notre Dame's Summer Service Learning Program, volunteering as a camp counselor in Wisconsin. Both of the experiences were life changing.

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!