Senior Honors Profiles

Bice Carline

Caroline Bice

Major: Environmental Science
Minors: History, Poverty Studies
Mentor: Dr. Jason Rohr
Project Title: Effect of Global Climate Change on Transmission Risk of Human Schistosomiasis
Career Plans: Currently applying to medical schools
Summer Experiences: I spend a majority of my free time at Notre Dame participating in various athletic opportunities, contributing to Walsh Hall’s hall council, and volunteering. I have participated in Notre Dame’s Club Women’s Boxing Team and my inter-hall basketball, lacrosse, soccer, flag football, and bowling teams and trained for Notre Dame’s half marathon. On Walsh’s Hall Council, I have served as a Welcome Weekend ambassador (2019), co-coordinator of the overnight retreat (2020), and Vice President (2020-2021). My service opportunities have included Our Lady of the Road’s soup kitchen, tutoring at La Casa de Amistad’s citizenship class, or continuing to work at Sr. Maura Brannick Health Center, a charity clinic with the St. Joe Health network.

Gentine Joe

Josephe Gentine


Major: Environmental Sciences and Economics
Mentor: Dr. Gary Lamberti
Project Title: Understanding drivers of chlorophyll-a concentrations in Great Lakes wetlands
Career Plans: Grad school eventually becoming a research professor.
Summer Experiences: UNDERC-East, Coastal Wetland Monitoring technician
Other Interests: Member of Folk Choir, Work at Museum of Biodiversity, Running, Reading, Camping

Levendusky Jaclyn

Jaclyn Levendusky

Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Philosophy
Mentor: Dr. David Hyde
Project Title: Notch1a and the her target genes in the regenerating zebrafish retina
Career Plans: gap year, then medical school - hope to include research in my medical career
Summer Experiences: COS-SURF-funded summer research
Other Interests: Hammocking by the lake, reading, cooking/baking, traveling, sight-seeing, any activity outdoors

Luck Meagan

Meagan Luck

Major: Biological Sciences and English
Mentor: Dr. Amy Stark
Project Title: Induced gene expression across three different cancer cell line types reveals common and distinct molecular regulatory effects.
Career Plans: Pursue a PhD in pharmacology with a focus on pharmacogenomics.
Summer Experiences: Summer Service Learning Program through the Center for Social Concerns (2019), Mayo Clinic SURF (2021)
Other Interests: In addition to classes and my independent research in Dr. Stark's lab, I work as an undergraduate TA for Classical and Molecular Genetics Lab and as a lab assistant in Dr. Glen Niebur's lab. I am an active member of my dorm's hall council, serving as chair of the service committee and commissioner for our annual advent family project. I also take the role of a "Big Sister" and mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County. In my free time, I enjoy running, cross-stitching, and going for walks with my dog.

Bosio Samuel

Sam Bosio

Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Sustainability
Mentor: Dr. Gary Lamberti
Project Title: Investigating Ecological Linkages Between Amphibians and Their Surrounding Vegetation in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands
Career Plans: I want to pursue a career in restoration ecology, in either research or land management. I hope to improve human interactions with our environment and establish a more reciprocal relationship between policy makers, land managers, and the public in the process.
Summer Experiences: During Summer 2021, I attended UNDERC-East Practicum in Field Biology. It was an amazing opportunity to gain experience conducting original research on a uniquely pristine landscape, all while learning procedural lab and field techniques in the process.
Other Interests: Soccer, martial arts, hiking/climbing, gardening, RPG games

Leimbach Casey

Casey Leimbach

Major: Biological Sciences, Theology
Mentor: Dr. Zachary Schafer
Project Title: Immune Checkpoint Blockade Evasion of mCRPC through ACOD-1
Career Plans: MD/PhD, Medicine and Research
Summer Experiences: Research Internship at American Regent Inc. (2019), Feinstein Institute Precision Medicine Research Fellowship (2020, canceled due to COVID-19), Overlook Medical Center Summer Internship Program (2021)
Other Interests: With the Biology Department, I love serving on the Senior Leadership Committee and organizing skills workshops for students in the major as well as serving as an Uplift mentor.  I have been performing in musical theater productions with PEMCo since my first year and even directed a production last spring.  I am also involved with my dorm, Walsh Hall, where I served as the Spirit Chair and Dance Commissioner in previous years before becoming an RA this year.

Rodriguez Isabella

Isabella Rodriguez

Major: Biology
Minors: History and International Peace Studies
Mentor: Dr. Neil Lobo
Project Title: Characterization of Anopheles species temporal compositions and bionomic characteristics in Bandarban, Bangladesh
Career Plans: I plan on taking a gap year before applying to medical school
Summer Experiences: Spent the summer working for Dr. Lobo, finalizing our current project regarding Anopheles species composition in Bangladesh. When I wasn't working in lab, I was working as a phlebotomist at St. Joe's Hospital.
Other Interests: Outside of the classroom and lab, I love reading and took up knitting during quarantine! I am a volunteer at Aids Assist in Downtown South Bend and plan on continuing volunteering for an HIV clinic during my gap year. I am a mentor for Uplift and love hammocking outside on the quad while sipping coffee (especially in the fall!).

O Connor Margaret

Margaret O'Connor

Major: Environmental sciences
Minors: History/PSIM
Mentor: Dr. Alex Perkins
Project Title: The Influence of Environmental Factors on the Force of Infection of Yellow Fever
Career Plans: Law School
Summer Experiences: This summer I worked on my project in the lab!
Other Interests: I am vice president of programming for College Mentors for Kids and love working with children!

Steines Shannon

Shannon Steines

Major: Biological Science and Spanish
Minors: Compassionate Care in Medicine and Glynn Honors Program
Mentor: Dr. David Hyde
Project Title: Characterizing the Retinal Pigment Epithelium During Retinal Regeneration in Zebrafish
Career Plans: Medical School
Summer Experiences: SSLP as a medical interpreter, SSLP as a grant researcher at a homeless shelter, COS-SURF undergraduate research program in Hyde Lab
Other Interests: Women's boxing, Model United Nations, spending time in nature