University of Notre Dame senior Katie Gallagher was one of two South Bend seniors, along with Sofia Carozza, to be named 2019 Marshall Scholars. Gallagher will study Math at the University of Oxford. The two are the ninth and tenth Marshall Scholars overall to be awarded one of the prestigious open-discipline British scholarships - Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Gates Cambridge - since 2013.

Katie and Sofia epitomize the commitment to scholarship and social engagement that Notre Dame reveres," said University president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. "They are most deserving of this high recognition. They are extraordinary individuals who exemplify both the Marshall Scholarship criteria of 'academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential' and the Marshall Scholar characteristics of 'talented, independent and wide-ranging,'" said Jeffrey Thibert, Paul and Maureen Stefanick Director of CUSE at Notre Dame.

Named for former U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Scholarships support Americans of high ability to study at graduate level at a U.K. institution in any area of study, covering university fees, cost of living, research and thesis grants and travel to and from the U.S., among other expenses.

Gallagher is an honors math and music major in the College of Arts and Letters.  She is a CUSE Sorin Scholar, a 2018 Goldwater Scholar and co-founder and co-president of the Notre Dame Women in Math Group. Katie previously studied at Oxford during the 2017-18 academic year as part of Notre Dame International's Oxford program, where she was a member of the Mirzakhani Society for women in math, named for the first female mathematician to win the Fields Medal. As a high school student, she was mentored by David Schmitz, a 1990 Notre Dame graduate in honors math and a professor of mathematics, math and actuarial science at North Central College.

To those who knew Katie at Saints Peter and Paul, this achievement comes as no surprise. "She was extremely gifted as both a student and musician," observed Jackie Saul, her Junior High math teacher. "When you have talent and ability like Katie possesses and you couple it with dedication, hard work, and perseverance, I'm elated, but not surprised, at what she has accomplished at Notre Dame," she added. Her homeroom and Religion teacher, Maureen McDonagh, also remembered how "Katie enhanced our school liturgies with her magnificent violin playing."

Musically, Gallagher has served as concertmaster and principal viola for the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, and she is a sectional coach for the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra. Gallagher also served as principal viola for the Oxford University Orchestra during her time there.  As a sophomore, she shared top honors in the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition, leading directly to two solo performances with the orchestra.

Gallagher plans to pursue a Master of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in mathematics and foundations of computer science at Oxford. She also plans to perform with the Oxford University Music Society. Beyond that, Gallagher plans to pursue a doctorate in mathematics, conduct research in number theory and eventually teach at the university level. She hopes to mentor young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well.

Jeffrey Diller, chair of the Department of Mathematics at Notre Dame, said of Gallagher, "Katie Gallagher is as talented and accomplished as any math student I have seen in my 20 years at Notre Dame. She has demonstrated her capacity for hard work, for learning, for independent research and for leadership. I believe she will succeed in even the very best graduate programs in mathematics and go on to a stellar future as a teacher, researcher and leader."

    Volume 6, No. 8
   December 5 , 2018


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T his document, which chronicles school accomplishments and our financial support for the 2017-18 school year, was linked in an 'e' Blue and Gold article that was emailed prior to Thanksgiving. 

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When our school was founded in 1853....

....students didn't enjoy a playground at lunchtime as the first playground in our country opened in Boston in 1885.