Preprofessional studies majors honored at Dean’s Awards Luncheon

Author: Tammi Freehling

The Department of Preprofessional Studies recently honored graduating seniors at the Dean’s Award Luncheon on May 13, 2016.

The Lawrence H. Baldinger Award
Baldinger was dean of the College of Science from 1943 to 1960 and then head of the newly founded Department of Preprofessional Studies from 1960 until his death in 1970. This award is given to graduates who have demonstrated achievement in academics and research, broad leadership skills, and a commitment to service and professionalism as they prepare for medical training. This year, three recipients were honored.

Minyi Lin from Hacienda Heights, California, was a preprofessional major and Glynn Family Honors student, with a second major in psychology. He will attend St. Louis University School of Medicine.

Jasmine Moreno from El Paso, Texas, was a preprofessional major with a second major in psychology and a minor in poverty studies. She will attend Baylor College of Medicine.

Eleanor Sato from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, was a preprofessional major with a second major in psychology. She will attend the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

The Rev. Joseph L. Walter, C.S.C., Award
Father Walter was the chief premedical advisor until he retired in 2005 after 36 years. After Father Walter passed away in 2012, this award was created and is funded by several alumni and given to a preprofessional student who has demonstrated academic and professional competence as well as a commitment to service. This year, two students were honored.

David Reed from Western Springs, Illinois was a science-computing preprofessional (SCPP) major, with a minor in anthropology. David will attend Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Liesl Schroedl from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was an SCPP major with a minor in science, technology and values (STV). Liesl will work as a medical assistant while applying to medical school.

The Samuel J. Chmell, M.D. Award is named for a Notre Dame alumnus, an orthopedic surgeon in the Chicago area, who is also a member of our College of Science Advisory Council, and is given to the person who has achieved the highest academic record in the department, while also demonstrating a commitment to their holistic formation, personal integrity, and professionalism.

Erin Peterson from St. Cloud, Minnesota, was a preprofessional studies major with a minor in STV. Erin will attend Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Michael Shipp from Lake Forest, Illinois, was an SCPP major with a supplemental major in Spanish, and a member of the varsity men’s soccer team. Michael will return for a fifth year of soccer while applying to medical school.

The Patrick Niland, M.D. Award is named for a 1982 graduate of Notre Dame who passed away after his third year of medical school at the University of Michigan and was awarded the M.D. degree posthumously. His family established this award to be given to graduates who embody the strong holistic character and record of service and competence that Patrick Niland brought to all of his endeavors.

Alex Hanna from Muskego, Wisconsin, was an SCPP major with a supplementary major in theology. He will attend Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in fall 2017. In the meantime, he will spend a year volunteering in Wexford, Ireland, with the House of Brigid, a Notre Dame program where recent college grads serve as pastoral ministers/catechists.

Evan Panken from Edina, Minnesota, was an SCPP major with a supplemental major in Spanish, and a member of the varsity men’s soccer team. Next year, Evan will return for a fifth year of soccer while applying to medical school.