The MSPS Scholars Program prepares historically underrepresented Notre Dame students for graduate school. Participants who are planning to complete advanced degrees after Notre Dame are invited to participate. During their time in the program students maintain a highly competitive academic record and complete research under the guidance of Notre Dame faculty. The MSPS Scholars Program is cosponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), the Graduate School, and the Office of the Provost.
Physics major Vu Nguyen '13 (left) will begin his PhD work this fall at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Vu joined Prof. Margaret Dobrowolska's (far left) research lab during his sophomore year and continued working in labs throughout his time at Notre Dame.
Ten students from the class of 2013 will enter PhD programs and six other will enter masters programs. From this group 94% participated in undergraduate research and 57% received summer research fellowships. This fall MSPS Scholars will attend twelve institutions including Duke, New York University, Brown, and Pennsylvania.
Psychology major Derek Novacek (right) will begin his PhD work at Emory University's Department of Clinical Psychology in the fall of 2013. During his four years at the University of Notre Dame, Derek has had many academic accomplishments. They include: three years as a research assistant in Prof. Lee Anna Clark's Lab, two summer research fellowships from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin, and in the fall of 2011 he joined a team of researchers and presented their findings at the Society for Research in Psychopathology conference in Boston. Hear his "in studio" interview with Arnel Bulaoro: Novacek_Interview.