Peace Studies students among Lucy Family Institute 2022-2024 Graduate Scholars

Author: Alissa Doroh

The Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society introduced its inaugural cohort of 10 Notre Dame Ph.D. students to the Lucy Scholars program. Among those selected were two current Peace Studies doctoral students at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Cat Gargano and Wesley Hedden. Both students are advised by core Kroc Institute faculty members. 

Lucy Scholars will receive mentorship from Lucy Institute faculty and staff over the next two years to co-create a collaborative, interdisciplinary graduate student research community.

This cohort of scholars underwent a rigorous and competitive selection process. The Lucy Institute received applications from a wide variety of departments and programs, and the final list of scholars were chosen by an interdisciplinary faculty selection committee. 

The 2022-2024 Lucy Scholars cohort includes:

  • Cat Gargano, Clinical Psychology and Peace Studies, Advisor: Laura Miller-Graff
  • Wesley Hedden, Sociology and Peace Studies, Advisor: Ann Mische
  • Awosiji Awotunde, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Advisor: Marya Lieberman
  • Meghan Forstchen, Biological Sciences, Advisor: Jason Rohr
  • Spencer Giddens, Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Advisor: Fang Liu
  • Maura Kraemer, Sociology, Advisor: Anna Haskins
  • Yuwen Lu, Computer Science and Engineering, Advisor: Toby Li
  • Etinosa Osaro, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Advisor: Yamil Colon
  • Annalisa Szymanski, Computer Science and Engineering, Advisor: Ron Metoyer
  • Lizao Wang, History and Philosophy of Science, Advisor: Thomas Stapleford

Lucy Scholars will play a key role in shaping the programming and opportunities offered by the Lucy Institute. Scholars are expected to attend monthly luncheons with other Scholars to give updates on research progress and challenges, give a research presentation at the Annual Lucy Symposium, present a research seminar at a Lucy Scholars workshop, advertise and attend Lucy seminars and events, and design community-building events for Lucy Scholars and other affiliated graduate students.

Additionally, Lucy Scholars receive a $3,000 stipend for each year that they participate in the program and they are eligible to apply for additional grants for research project supplies and conference travel. 

To learn more about the application process to become a Lucy Scholar, please visit the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society website.  

Originally published by Alissa Doroh at on July 19, 2022.