Junior Honors Profiles

Maggie Brecker

Matthew Aubourg

Major: Environmental Sciences
Minor: Sustainability
Mentor: Dr. Neil Lobo
Project Title: Understanding the molecular underpinnings of hybrid vector behavior and human drivers of malaria risk
Career Plans: Pursue an MPH with a Global Health focus and an eventual PhD program
Summer Experiences: Calculus Tutor and Incoming Student Mentor for the Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Summer Institute (2018), University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center Field Practicum (2019)
Other Interests: Outside of the classroom and the lab, I am very involved with the Center for Social Concerns, having participated in the Realities of Race seminar and recently led the Act Justly: Racial Justice and the American Civil Rights Movement seminar this spring. I volunteer as a college advisor for high-achieving, low-income high school students and serve as Vice President for the Multicultural Pre-Med Society. I am also on the Department of Biological Sciences Senior Leadership committee and love running and spending time outdoors in my free time.


Kathleen Davin

Owen Ivan

Major: Biological Sciences
Minors: Data Science and Glynn Family Honors Program 
Mentor: Dr. Paul Huber
Project Title: Identifying elements of transcriptional and translational control within the neural development plan of Xenopus laevis
Career Plans: MD program
Summer Experiences: COS-SURF at the University of Notre Dame (2019)
Other Interests: Aside from academics and research, I volunteer with Food Rescue to provide meals to local homeless shelters. I also enjoy working with the Department of Biological Sciences Senior Leadership Committee to plan career and alumni outreach events. Additionally, I work with Notre Dame Student Government as part of the Department of Health and Wellbeing on a number of projects dedicated to improving student wellness. I’m also excited to serve as a Resident Assistant in O’Neill Family Hall during my senior year.


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Trent Robinett

Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Catholic Social Tradition 
Mentor: Dr. Jeremiah Zartman​​​​​​​
Project Title: Integration of growth factor signaling through cytosolic calcium during organ development​​​​​​​
Career Plans: I look to pursue a PhD in an ecological discipline​​​​​​​
Summer Experiences: Counselor, Activity Specialist at R.M. Pyles Boys Camp (2019), Recovery Specialist at R3G3N Recovery Lounge (2018), Captain, Ambassador for O’Neill Family Hall Welcome Weekend (2018, 2019)​​​​​​​
Other Interests: When not in class, I can usually be found at the on-campus climbing wall at Notre Dame where I am able to push my physical and metal limits. Additionally, I will be serving as the president of the Climbing Club of Notre Dame during the 2020-2021 school year. I have a passion for distance running and have just begun my ultrarunning career. Once a week, I volunteer at the Surgery Waiting Desk at Memorial Hospital of South Bend as a way to stay in touch with the community of South. In order to connect with my musical side, I spend my Sunday afternoons singing in the O’Neill Family Hall mass choir.