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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Notre Dame Research and Notre Dame International have provided four research groups with grants from the Global Gateway Faculty Research Awards (GGFRA) program for 2017. The GGFRA program was developed to highlight the potential of the University of Notre Dame’s Global Gateways for the advancement of research and scholarship at the University.

In describing the awards, Hildegund Müller, Associate Vice President for Research and Associate Professor of Classics, said, “The Global Gateways are situated in places that are rich with historical tradition and original sources, as well as international centers of research and innovation. They offer unique opportunities for Notre Dame researchers to enrich their scholarship and extend their collaborative networks. By offering the GGFRA program, our goal is to encourage faculty to think creatively about the Global Gateways and their potential for research and scholarship. I am excited about our awardees’ projects and look forward to witnessing their progress.”

The 2017 GGFRA recipients include:

Celia E. Deane-Drummond, director of the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing and professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, and Oliver Davies, professor of religion and theology at King’s College London, for their project at the London Global Gateway, entitled “Love in Religion: Science, Philosophy, and Human Flourishing.”

Robert Dowd, C.S.C., associate professor of political science and director of the Ford Program in Human Development and Solidarity at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies; Giuseppe Folloni, professor applied economics at the University of Trento; Daniel Groody, C.S.C., associate professor of theology at Notre Dame; Clemens Sedmak, visiting professor of Catholic social tradition at Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns; Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee, research assistant professor at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies’ Ford Program in Human Development and Solidarity at Notre Dame, and Giorgio Vittadini, professor of statistics at the University of Milano Bicocca, for their project at the Rome Global Gateway called “Religion and Responses to Refugees and Migrants in Europe: The Catholic Church in Comparative Perspective.” 

Vanesa Miseres, assistant professor of Latin American literature at the University of Notre Dame, for her project at the London Global Gateway “Gender Battles: Latin American Women Writing on War.” She will also utilize the Latin American archives located at the British Library.

Nicholas Teh, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame; Eleanor Knox, lecturer in philosophy at King’s College London; and Bryan Roberts, associate professor of philosophy, logic, and scientific method at the London School of Economics and Political Science, for their project at the London Global Gateway titled “New Directions in Space, Time, and Matter: A Research Initiative by the University of Notre Dame-University of London Philosophy of Science Consortium.”

The competition for the GGFRA program is announced during the spring, with deadlines typically falling in March. For more information, including how to apply for next year’s competition, please visit https://research.nd.edu/our-services/funding-opportunities/faculty/internal-grants-programs/global-gateway-faculty-research-awards/

For more information about additional faculty research funding from Notre Dame Research, please visit https://research.nd.edu/our-services/funding-opportunities/faculty/internal-grants-programs/ and from Notre Dame International, please visit http://international.nd.edu/nd-faculty-resources/.

The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world. For more information, please see research.nd.edu or @UNDResearch.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

University of Notre Dame junior Rebecca Blais, a political science major from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, has been named a 2017 Truman Scholar.

Blais is one of just 62 college juniors to be selected for the prestigious scholarship this year, from a pool of 768 candidates nominated by 315 colleges and universities nationwide. The winners were chosen based on their leadership potential, intellectual ability and commitment to public service.

Established in 1975 as a living memorial to President Harry S. Truman, the award includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, as well as leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this scholarship,” Blais said. “The thought of working with the support of the Truman Foundation in a career of public service is both encouraging and exciting. I am sincerely looking forward to having the chance to get to know such inspired, passionate people who are dedicated to helping others.”

Seven students in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have been named Truman Scholars since 2010, including two winners in 2016 — Arabic and peace studies major Caleb “C.J.” Pine and philosophy major Christa Grace Watkins. Other previous winners include Alex Coccia, class of 2014, an Africana studies and peace studies major; Elizabeth Davis, class of ’12, a Program of Liberal Studies major; Puja Parikh, class of ’11, a political science and psychology major; and Elizabeth (Simpson) Hlabse, class of ’11, a theology and peace studies major. Watkins and Coccia have also gone on to win Rhodes Scholarships.

“Notre Dame’s continuing success with the Truman Scholarship is a result of our consistently outstanding applicant pool of juniors who are not waiting until after graduation to begin their work as change agents,” said Jeffrey Thibert, associate director of the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). “Becca exemplifies this. She has already left a lasting mark on the University, and the financial support and mentoring offered through the Truman Scholarship will help her expand her capability for impact to the national or even international stage.”

Blais, who has a minor in peace studies, is deeply involved in student government, working to build a stronger relationship with the administration and to enact many policy changes related to diversity, inclusion, and Title IX.

She was recently elected student body president for the 2017–18 academic year, after completing a term as vice president this year. She has also served as a member of the Election Committee for the Judicial Council and as director of internal affairs.

Blais has traveled extensively as an undergraduate, accompanying a Notre Dame faculty delegation to Bangladesh this spring to visit a new partner university in Dhaka.

Last summer, she participated in the Center for Social Concerns’ international summer service learning program in China, where she taught English and researched human rights. And in summer 2015, with funding from CUSE, she conducted independent research in Sri Lanka on elephant conservation efforts.

She has also participated in an immersion course in Ireland, led a student group to West Virginia to build homes with Habitat for Humanity, and backpacked in India and Ireland.

On campus, Blais is a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Arts and Letters, a member of the Committee on Women Faculty and Students and the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention, and a tour guide for the Office of Admissions.

She has volunteered at a local homeless shelter, worked as a notetaker for disabled students, led campus blood drives, and served as vice president of Be The Match On Campus — a nonprofit advocacy group for the national bone marrow donor registry.

“Becca is committed to integral human development broadly and has been an active leader on campus for initiatives and activities commensurate with those ideals,” said Sara Sievers, associate dean for policy and practice in the Keough School of Global Affairs. “These activities all combine to paint a portrait of a student with natural leadership instincts which are channeled to public service and the social good, in ways large and small.”

After graduation, Blais plans to attend law school and hopes to someday work as an attorney at the Department of Justice, focusing on issues related to women’s health care, education and Title IX.

“My liberal arts education at Notre Dame has challenged me to look beyond the immediate and think critically about the community around me — whether that is my community on campus, at home, or elsewhere in the world,” Blais said. “Through Arts and Letters, I have learned effective strategies to be an active change agent and to think outside of the traditional. These lessons guide me as I begin this new experience.”

Throughout the Truman Scholar application and selection process, Blais worked closely with Notre Dame’s Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, which assists undergraduate students and alumni with national fellowship applications. Individuals interested in applying for the Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, and other awards can visit the CUSE website.

 

Friday, February 10, 2017

John Huber, a University of Notre Dame senior majoring in applied and computational mathematics and statistics, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge.

Huber is one of only 36 students in the U.S. to be selected for the scholarship, which drew approximately 800 applicants.

This prestigious postgraduate scholarship program, which fully funds postgraduate study and research in any subject at the University of Cambridge, was established through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000; this remains the largest single donation to a U.K. university. In addition to outstanding academic achievement, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship places emphasis on social leadership in its selection process, as the mission of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Huber, a native of Gainesville, Florida, will pursue the M.Phil. degree in veterinary science in Cambridge’s Department of Veterinary Medicine. During his undergraduate studies, he developed a strong passion for infectious disease research, which he considers the intersection of his interests in global health, mathematics and social justice. To date, his research has focused on constructing mathematical models for the transmission of mosquito-borne pathogens, principally malaria and dengue. He has conducted his research under the guidance of Alex Perkins, Notre Dame’s Eck Family Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, and Erin Mordecai, an assistant professor of biology at Stanford University. His most recent research project, which was published in Malaria Journal, focused on quantifying serial and generation intervals, important epidemiological metrics, for Plasmodium falciparum malaria.

At Cambridge, he will broaden his research interests by applying mathematical and statistical methods to capture heterogeneity in bacterial division rates. This project will expand our understanding of how antimicrobial resistance arises from slow-replicating bacteria in vivo.

“At a time when drug resistance is rapidly outpacing the discovery of new antibiotics, I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the body of research on such a time-sensitive matter,” Huber said. “I feel honored to join the Gates Cambridge community and look forward to an enriching year at Cambridge in the Department of Veterinary Medicine.”

Huber was a participant in a competitive National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) at Stanford University and received a James F. Andrews Scholarship, which is awarded to select students who participate in a Center for Social Concerns Summer Service Learning Program. His Andrews scholarship funded his participation in the InnerRoads Wilderness Therapy Program in Missoula, Montana, which offers affordable wilderness therapy to underserved Montanan youth. He served as a clinical volunteer at South Bend’s Sister Maura Brannick Health Center and as a volunteer with Diabéticos Saludables in South Bend.

Huber intends to complete an M.D.-Ph.D. program and pursue a career in academic medicine.

“I am interested in serving as a clinician and conducting epidemiological research in the field of infectious diseases, where I would make clinically relevant contributions in the interest of global health,” he said. “Further, I aim to teach at the graduate or postgraduate level to educate the next generation of physician-scientists.”

Huber worked closely throughout the application process with Notre Dame’s Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), which assists undergraduate students and alumni with fellowships applications. Current Notre Dame undergraduates and recent alumni who are interested in applying for national scholarships and fellowships can contact the center at http://cuse.nd.edu.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns, was elected to the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees during the Board’s spring meeting May 4 and 5. He also received the University’s 2017 Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C. Award for Preaching this spring.

The Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Awards (for preaching and for social justice) were established to honor the memory of a Holy Cross priest who served as director of Campus Ministry. The Toohey Award for Preaching is given to a Holy Cross priest who has made significant contributions to the University of Notre Dame in many different ways and in particular as a homilist.

Father Kollman is an associate professor of theology and has served as executive director of the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame since 2012. A Holy Cross priest, he earned his doctoral degree in the history of religions from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in theology and history and a master of divinity degree from Notre Dame. His scholarship focuses on African Christianity, mission history and world Christianity, and he has taught in Uganda and Kenya, and carried out research in Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa. He is a fellow of the Kellogg, the Kroc, and Nanovic Institutes at Notre Dame and currently is president of the International Association of Mission Studies and the American Society of Missiology.

Contact: JP Shortall, jshortal@nd.edu

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Professor Kasturi Haldar has received the 2017 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award for a project that has helped improve rare disease recognition and treatment in northern Indiana. The award is a $5,000 prize presented annually to a regular faculty member at the University of Notre Dame who has completed at least one research project that addresses a need within South Bend or the surrounding area. Haldar is a molecular cell biologist and the Rev. Julius Nieuwland Professor of Biological Sciences and Parsons-Quinn director of the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases at the University of Notre Dame.

There are currently about 7,000 recognized rare diseases in the United States, and most medical clinicians will encounter only a small fraction of them even after years of practice in the clinic. So what does a clinician do when a patient with a rare disease appears in her clinic? She might reach out to a rare disease specialist or genetic center for support if she has easy access to either of those. They could provide her with the clinical spectrum of related rare diseases to review and compare with her patient’s symptomatology. But clinicians have demanding schedules and often no ready access to this kind of external support.

In northern Indiana, clinicians have long had to seek support for rare disease identification and diagnosis from Riley Children’s Health or Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. Because those facilities are distant and often busy, accessing them can be time-consuming, and the key to treatment of any disease is accurate and timely diagnosis and management.

So in 2015, a team led by Dr. Kasturi Haldar, director of the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases (CRND) at the University of Notre Dame, applied for and received a Ganey Collaborative Community-Based Research Seed Grant for a project to improve rare disease management and treatment locally. The grant helped her and her team partner with advanced pre-med students, local pediatricians, and families of rare disease patients, as well the National Organization of Rare Diseases, the Michiana Health Information Network, and CRND to create a knowledge base and analytic framework for rare disease recognition right here in northern Indiana.

Using the combined resources of this partnership, Haldar and her team have developed a program that trains upper level pre-med students to evaluate rare disease patient medical records and help produce natural histories of disease. They then provide a local pediatric clinic with tools to strengthen the clinical context to manage and treat children with rare genetic disorders, empowering them with the most current data. This decreases the time to proper diagnostic understanding and the establishment of a clear course of treatment. The project also empowers patient families by providing clinicians with up to date information on centers of excellence and other resources that they share with patients. At the Annual Notre Dame Rare Disease Day Conference every February, students also partner with patients to present poster and community-based patient talks.

The project has clearly impacted pediatric health care for rare disease cases in northern Indiana, but its impact has also gone beyond the region. In 2015, Haldar’s team produced a case report of an unusual occurrence of neurofibromatosis (NF1), a rare genetic neurologic disorder. The report, “Aggressive Tibial Pseudarthrosis as Primary Symptom in Infant with Neurofibromatosis, which suggests need for modification of federal guidelines for NF1 diagnosis,” has now been published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s bioRxiv, where it will be available for review by the scientific community.

Contact: JP Shortall, jshortal@nd.edu

Friday, December 2, 2016

In statements, addresses, and homilies, Pope Francis often calls for a Church of the poor that takes seriously what the poor and vulnerable have to teach us and empties itself in order to be fully receptive to the grace of God. The vision developed in those calls is the focus of a new book by Clemens Sedmak, visiting professor of Catholic social tradition and community engagement at the Center for Social Concerns and the Keough School of Global Affairs.

A Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy (Orbis Books, 2016) asks how a Church of the poor might change our ways of knowing, learning, and understanding, which in turn might affect how we understand orthodoxy. Sedmak argues that orthodoxy, understood as right relationship with God, is not possible without right relationship with the poor and the vulnerable—and that authentic love of God must spring from poverty and vulnerability. 

Sedmak holds the F.D. Maurice Chair in Moral and Social Theology at King's College London and is the F.M. Schmölz Visiting Professor for Social Ethics at the University of Salzburg. He has been Director of the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg since 2005, and President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Ethics in Salzburg since 2008. 

Sedmak’s teaching, lecturing, and research focus on Catholic social tradition, Catholic moral theology, and international development. He has published numerous books in German. In English, he has published Doing Local Theology: A Guide for Artisans of a New Humanity (Orbis Books, 2002). The Capacity to be Displaced: Resilience and Inner Strength will be published in 2017 as part of Brill’s World Christianity Series.

Contact: Clemens Sedmak, 574-631-0199, csedmak1@nd.edu

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

University of Notre Dame seniors Alexis Doyle and Christa Grace Watkins have been selected to the United States Rhodes Scholar Class of 2017. Doyle, of Lost Altos, California, is a biological sciences major with a minor in international peace studies. Watkins, who was also selected as a 2016 Truman Scholar, is a philosophy major with a minor in philosophy, politics, and economics. She is from Blacksburg, Virginia.

Both Doyle and Watkins have participated in numerous Center courses and programs throughout their four years at Notre Dame. Doyle, who is interested in health advocacy and will attend medical school following Oxford, took her first Social Concerns Seminar as a freshman. Then in her sophomore year she led a seminar focused on healthcare issues in the Appalachia region of West Virginia. That year she also took “Rethinking Crime and Justice,” the Center’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange course. Since her freshman year, Doyle has volunteered through the Center at the Sr. Maura Brannick Health Center.

“The Center for Social Concerns was one of the primary reasons that I chose to attend Notre Dame,” says Doyle. “The Center offered me the chance to pursue community-based learning courses, participate in service learning trips, and volunteer in local service to the South Bend community. From these experiences, I thought deeply about the nature of service, and had the chance to see firsthand the relationship between poverty and health outside of the classroom.”

Watkins has taken two Social Concerns Seminars during her time at Notre Dame: “Youth, Risk, and Resilience” and “Human Trafficking.” She explains that the second class gave her “an in-depth look at the complex legal grammar surrounding trafficking, the opportunity to explore how it is reported on, and how we might begin to prevent it. The class helped me form coherent views about how to respond to the media's emphasis on sex trafficking, and convinced me that public interest law is what I want to pursue.” After Oxford, Watkins hopes to enroll in a joint J.D./Ph.D. program and to specialize in public interest law. She also took a community-based learning course called “Poverty and Politics” that placed her at the South Bend Center for the Homeless.

“The Center for Social Concerns has been extremely helpful in my academic and personal development at Notre Dame,” says Watkins. “I believe that the Center performs one of the most important functions on campus: teaching students how Catholic Social Teaching functions in practice and how they might incorporate such teaching into their own lives.”

According to the Rhodes Trust, “Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.”

Contact: JP Shortall, Center for Social Concerns, 574-315-5808, jshortal@nd.edu

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mary Beckman, Ph.D., Associate Director at the Center for Social Concerns and Director of Academic Community Engagement for the University of Notre Dame, has recently published Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact with Stylus Publishing. Co-edited with Joyce F. Long, Research Analyst at Memorial Hospital-South Bend's Community Health Enhancement Department, the book demonstrates how community-based research can be integrated into academic coursework to effectively foster student learning while resulting in positive outcomes for local communities. It was written for faculty, graduate students, and other higher education constituents interested in engaged scholarship as well as for community organizations that desire to collaborate with academic researchers to reach their goals.   

Through the Center for Social Concerns, Beckman directs a program in community-based research that offers grants to teams of faculty, community partners, and students to conduct research on issues of local concern. An economist and faculty member, she co-developed the University’s Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and has co-directed and taught in the program. In her role as Director of Academic Community Engagement for the University, she guides the work of Notre Dame’s Community Engagement Coordinating Council (CECC) which aims to deepen the culture of engagement between the University and the local community.

For more information on the co-edited volume, Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact, community-based research at the Center for Social Concerns, or the CECC, contact Mary Beckman at mbeckman@nd.edu.



 

Friday, November 11, 2016

The recent U.S. election leads us at the Center for Social Concerns to affirm our conviction that a just society must be founded upon the dignity of all people. 

Whatever our differences, we are all fully members of the human family and all have a right to participate fully in the economic, political, and cultural life of society. 

Conversely, it is wrong for a person or a group to have barriers to their full participation created or reinforced by structures, actions, or rhetoric that demean or undermine their dignity. In the words of the U.S. Catholic bishops, “The ultimate injustice is for a person or group to be treated actively or abandoned passively as if they were non-members of the human race. To treat people this way is effectively to say they simply do not count as human beings.”

We thus pledge to continue to work for justice for all and the common good as taught by the Catholic social tradition: through our educational programing, our public events, and the reinforcement of a campus environment where all are welcome, and where honest, civil conversation can safely proceed. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Originally published by The Observer

Notre Dame students elected Democratic nominees Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in Tuesday’s mock presidential election sponsored by NDVotes. Of the 857 students who participated, 59.3 percent voted for the Democratic ticket, followed by 24.0 percent who chose Republican nominees Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Sophomore Prathm Juneja, a member of NDVotes Task Force and Student Government director of national engagement and outreach, said the mock election was intended to increase interest before the real election Nov. 8.

“The real idea was how to spark conversations on campus right before the election so we can fix this millennial voter gap we have,” he said.

Beyond the two major party tickets, 7.7 percent of votes went to Libertarians Gary Johnson and William Weld, 1.0 percent went to Green Party ticket Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, 5.6 percent selected “other” and 2.5 percent abstained.

Junior Sarah Tomas Morgan, co-chair of NDVotes, said the organization was “very pleased” with the turnout at voting polls at DeBartolo Hall, LaFortune Student Center, South Dining Hall and Geddes Hall.

“857 is about 10 percent of the student body, because we’re including graduate students too,” she said. “But 857 students making their way to four tables across campus in one day, for any poll, is quite a success.”

Voters were asked to answer post-poll questions, created and analyzed by Juneja, political science professor David Campbell and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy Christina Wolbrecht, regarding their gender, dorm, year and which issues most influenced their vote.

“It’s great that everyone gets to participate in national elections, but not everyone feels like their vote matters or can see the result of their vote,” Roge Karma, co-chair of ND Votes, said. “Here in the mock election, we get a breakdown of how Notre Dame votes. We don’t just vote for a presidential candidate, we also fill out an exit poll that talks about your dorm, gender, class year. And therefore you can look at the breakdown in trends.”

The gender breakdown for voters was close — 49.1 percent responded female and 47.0 percent responded male — though there was a large gap in who they voted for: 73.9 percent of females voted for Clinton, to 45.2 percent of males, while 31.3 percent of males voted for Trump, compared to 16.4 percent of females.

Females were also far more likely to choose a major party candidate — 90.3 percent of voters — compared to males at 76.4 percent.

“I’m not sure what to make of that yet,” Tomas Morgan said. “It’s open to a lot of interpretation, but there are more things I’d like to look into with that data.”

Chris Collins, The Observer

Students cast their ballots for presidential candidates in the mock election Tuesday afternoon outside DeBartolo Hall. NDVotes stationed three other polling booths across campus — in LaFortune Student Center, South Dining Hall and Geddes Hall — where students could vote electronically.

While voter turnout amongst undergraduate classes was fairly consistent, the percentage of students who voted for Clinton increased the longer they’d been in school.

“In general, I think a lot of our results correlate with a lot of national trends,” Tomas Morgan said. “In general, the votes for Hillary Clinton going up with class goes along with the trend for people to vote more liberal with increased education. … Because that is a trend that is picked up in other national reports, I think it’s a really interesting piece of data to look at.”

That tendency to lean more towards the Democratic Party as education level increases has been a trend for Notre Dame students for several years, Juneja said.

“We got a chance to look at the 2008 and 2012 elections that Scholastic had, and they had the same trend,” he said. “That’s a trend that we should talk about — that as you go through Notre Dame, you’re more likely to vote Democrat.”

In the post-poll questions, immigration was voted the most important influence on voting decisions, with 21.6 percent, followed by party affiliation with 17.1 percent and abortion with 10.2 percent.

Of the voters who selected immigration as their most important issues, 80 percent voted for Clinton.

“We only asked a question about immigration, but that could be someone who’s pro-immigration or someone who’s anti-immigration,” Juneja said. “It seems as though people are more passionate about being pro-immigration than people are passionate about being anti-immigration.”

Juneja said it “wasn’t surprising” that abortion was ranked so high amongst important issues at the University, but Tomas Morgan said she was interested in how voters responded to that priority.

“I’d like to look at the expanded answers a little more to see what would have caused people to choose [abortion] as the one that most influenced their vote,” she said. “It’s a huge issue for a lot of people and for a lot of people voting for all candidates. Not all people who listed abortion as their highest priority fell into voting for one candidate.”

Prior to the mock election, NDVotes assisted students in registering to vote, completing absentee ballots and voter education. Karma, Tomas Morgan and Juneja all said they hoped that participation continues in civic engagement after the election Tuesday.

“I think we can continue to achieve more active participation,” Juneja said. “That’s what Notre Dame’s all about: We were created on the idea that we can create change in this country and one way to create change is to vote. If we’re not fulfilling that civic duty, how can we accomplish anything great?”

Notre Dame students cast ballots in mock election