The Department of Preprofessional Studies is the parent department for the interdisciplinary majors in Science Preprofessional, Science Computing, and Science Education; and the Minor in Compassionate Care in Medicine.

Science Preprofessional Studies (SCPP) is a 64 credit hour interdisciplinary science major designed to encourage a broader and deeper holistic education, primarily for students preparing for one of the health professions. Established in 1960, this major anticipated recent changes in medical school requirements that emphasize social sciences, humanities, ethics, and statistics, in addition to the core sciences. The smaller number of required science credits allows for more coursework to build competencies outside science.

Websites for Preprofessional Studies and Health Sciences Advising!

Advising for students in any major or college who are planning to enter a health profession is available through the Center for Health Science Advising at healthsciencesadvising.nd.edu.

For Information about undergraduate majors offered through the Department of Preprofessional Studies browse this site.


Adam Charles Valenti '22

2022 Patrick J. Niland, M.D. Awardee

Adam Valenti. Adam is a cum laude graduate of the Science Preprofessional Studies Department with a minor in Science, Technology, and Values. In addition to his academic success, he has developed a strong clinical, service, and leadership background over four years, including in-person shadowing opportunities back home, and in Cincinnati and South Bend, as well as online opportunities during the height of the  pandemic, his service as an officer on the Executive Board in the Medical Observer’s Club, a group that pairs undergraduates with family practice resident physicians at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, and his participation in clinical research at the University of Cincinnati Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. His extensive leadership abilities and high degree of professionalism were also demonstrated through his work as a Varsity Football student manager, and as a Resident Assistant in Stanford Hall. He was also generous with his time, volunteering with the programming for newly admitted students for multiple sessions. He will begin his medical studies this fall at the University of Cincinnati.

 

  • Adam Charles Valenti '22

    2022 Patrick J. Niland, M.D. Awardee

    Adam Valenti. Adam is a cum laude graduate of the Science Preprofessional Studies Department with a minor in Science, Technology, and Values. In addition to his academic success, he has developed a strong clinical, service, and leadership background over four years, including in-person shadowing opportunities back home, and in Cincinnati and South Bend, as well as online opportunities during the height of the  pandemic, his service as an officer on the Executive Board in the Medical Observer’s Club, a group that pairs undergraduates with family practice resident physicians at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, and his participation in clinical research at the University of Cincinnati Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. His extensive leadership abilities and high degree of professionalism were also demonstrated through his work as a Varsity Football student manager, and as a Resident Assistant in Stanford Hall. He was also generous with his time, volunteering with the programming for newly admitted students for multiple sessions. He will begin his medical studies this fall at the University of Cincinnati.

     

  • Cameron Michael Harmon '22

    2022 Patrick J. Niland, M.D. Awardee

    Cameron is a cum laude graduate earning a Science Preprofessional Studies major with an interdisciplinary minor in Data Science,  a minor housed in our Department of Sociology. In addition to his academic success, he has developed a strong clinical, service, research and leadership background over four years,  including shadowing opportunities back home and in South Bend, clinical service as a Spanish/ English medical interpreter at the Heart and Soul Clinic in Westfield, Indiana and the Sr. Maura Brannick Health Center in South Bend, working as an employee health COVID-19 screener, pursuing clinical research at the St. Vincent Cardiovascular Research Institute in Indianapolis, and serving as a research assistant in the biochemistry research lab of Professor Paul Huber at Notre Dame, assisting with a number of projects designed to evaluate embryogenesis and RNA/protein localization in developing Xenopus oocytes. He has also pursued service and leadership opportunities through his dorm, O’Neill Hall, the Judicial Council, the Hall Presidents Council, the Community Alliance for Serving Hispanics serving as ESL instructor, and he was a founding member and officer of the Notre Dame Games for Change Initiative that organizes fundraisers for charities that help pregnant women in need of adequate prenatal care and transportation to prenatal appointments. He will be attending Indiana University School of Medicine in the fall.

     

  • Derek Wesley Rubadeux '22

    Lawrence H. Baldinger Awardee

    Derek is a Preprofessional Studies major with a minor in Theology, graduating magna cum laude. He has amassed a broad record of academic achievement with a strong clinical, service, research and leadership background. These include service on our First Aid Services Team, taking on a leadership role as Co-President; working as Chief Medical Scribe for a local Emergency Department and Hematology/Oncology Group, often working 20 hrs/week along with full-time school work; working as Chief TeleScribe during the pandemic, managing 16 scribes for a multi-site physician group in Florida, shadowing experiences in Ohio and locally, pursuing psychology and neuroscience research in our Memory, Aging, and Cognition (MAC) lab, also serving as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. David Boone at Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend, a lab focused on the pathogenesis of IBD. In addition, he has taken on leadership and service roles through his dorm, Dunne Hall, the Health Guardians of America organization, tutoring opportunities on campus and virtually, soccer coaching activities, also serving as an Advising Fellow for Matriculate, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged students apply to and ultimately enroll in competitive colleges. Derek will be attending the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine next year. 

     

  • Anna Katherine Martino '22

    Lawrence H. Baldinger Awardee

    Anna is a Science Preprofessional major, pursuing a minor in Chinese, graduating Summa cum laude. In addition to her academic achievements, she has built up a strong clinical and service background at home in Pennsylvania, volunteering at Chester County Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, volunteering during lockdown as an American Red Cross Blood ambassador, assisting with blood donation efforts, shadowing a variety of physicians back home and through our through the Notre Dame President's Circle Mentoring Program, and serving as an oncology camp counselor for the Reach For The Sky Team in San Diego. She also worked  as a research assistant in the cancer research lab of Professor Zhang at the Harper Cancer Research Institute at Notre Dame, a lab that focuses on the interaction between tumor cells and the tumor microenvironment in metastatic breast cancer. She has also has been involved in leadership and service opportunities organized through her dorm, Flaherty Hall, serving as the Dorm Fellow, the Taiwanese Student Association, and the Asian American Association, among others. Anna will be attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine next year.

  • Samuel Timothy Fallon '22

    Lawrence H. Baldinger Awardee

    Samuel is a cum laude graduate with a Science Preprofessional Studies major, a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, pursuing a second major in Economics. In addition to his academic success, he has developed a strong clinical, service, research and leadership background over four years including shadowing and clinical volunteer efforts at the University of Cincinnati and St. Elizabeth Healthcare among others, serving as a member of our First Aid Services Team, participating in the Student Undergraduate Research Fellow program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and working as a dietary aid at a Rehabilitation Hospital in Florence, Kentucky during the COVID summer. In addition to the research fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s, he has also been involved in several research labs at Notre Dame and completed an Economics research thesis, focusing on the Affordable Care Act and how it has impacted the use of preventative healthcare services. Sam has also pursued holistic service and leadership opportunities through his dorm, Dunne Hall, the Economics Department as a Teaching Assistant, the Notre Dame Club Swimming Team, through his study abroad experience in China, and through Notre Dame’s Federal Reserve and Fiscal Challenge Club. He will be attending the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in the fall.

  • Quinn Gerard Retzloff '22

    The Reverend Joseph L. Walter, C.S.C.Awardee

    Quinn is a cum laude graduate earning a Science Preprofessional Studies major with a minor in Compassionate Care in Medicine, an interdisciplinary curriculum run out of our Hillebrand Center, designed to provide training in the science and sustainable practice of compassionate care for future health professionals. He, too, has amassed a broad record of academic achievement and a strong clinical, service, research and leadership background. These include long standing clinical shadowing and volunteer opportunities at Wright Patterson AFB Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, the Kettering Hospital emergency room and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, pursuing a Trauma Internship at Miami Valley Hospital, participating in a medical service trip to Panama organized through our chapter of Global Medical Brigades, participating in biomedical research with Kettering Health Network, and serving as a research assistant with Dr. Dominic Vachon  in our Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, assisting on a project evaluating the mental performance techniques and practices of clinicians in high-stress clinical work and in COVID-19 patient care. In addition, he has taken on leadership and service roles through his dorm, Dunne Hall, through the Club Coordination Council and Knights of Columbus, through the Campus Ministry Anchor Internship Program and Liturgical Ministry at our Basilica, through tutoring opportunities with our Learning Resource Center and the Community Alliance Serving Hispanics (CASH), and significantly through the Boys Scouts of America, as an officer at the local and national levels as well as service on the teaching staff for their National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) wilderness training course for five years. He will be attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in the fall. 

     

  • Stephanie Mary Franczak '22

    The Reverend Joseph L. Walter, C.S.C.Awardee

    Stephanie is graduating summa cum laude, a Science Preprofessional Studies major, a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, pursuing a second major in Psychology. In addition to her academic achievements, she has also built up a strong clinical, research, and service background over several years, including volunteering at the Bread of Healing free clinic in Milwaukee, participating in shadowing internships in neuroscience fields and orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, volunteering in several areas at St. Joseph Medical Center in South Bend, including the vaccination clinic, and pursuing research over several years in the Neuropsychology Department at Medical College of Wisconsin in addition to Prof. Koen’s Memory, Aging, and Cognition Lab at Notre Dame, which served as the basis for her senior thesis for the Glynn Honors program. She has also demonstrated her leadership abilities and professionalism through her work as a teaching assistant and tutor, her volunteer efforts with Imani Unidad, and her service as an officer in the American Medical Women’s Association and the Polish Club here on campus.While applying to medical school during the coming year, she will be pursuing research at the Medical University in Warsaw, Poland, among other things.

     

  • Meghan Jean Ludke '22

    The Samuel J. Chmell, M.D. Awardee

    Meghan is graduating Summa cum laude completed a major in Psychology, and a minor in Science Technology, and Values, along with her Science Preprofessional Studies, demonstrating a holistic enthusiasm for intellectual pursuits. I have been fortunate enough to have Meghan in multiple courses. Meghan has been a leader and innovator as a student researcher in the Family and Babies study. She adapted to the challenges of distance work for the past two years and was productive in research, volunteer work, and clinical work. Her outstanding work ethic and I truly enjoy our conversations about the nature of the healing interaction and aspects of compassion. She is heading off to Poland for a Fulbright year while applying to medical school. Her generosity of spirit was evident when she volunteered for multiple sessions with our admitted students.