Graduate School honors four graduating doctoral students with Shaheen Awards

Author: Nora Kenney

Graduate School Commencement And Diploma

During the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony May 19, 2018, the Graduate School honored four graduating doctoral students with the Shaheen Awards, given annually to four students who represent distinction in their respective divisions (engineering, the humanities, science, and social science).

This year’s winners boast cutting-edge research accomplishments in their fields, as well as notable publication records, national recognition, talent for teaching and mentorship, and dedication to the community.

Paige Rodeghero (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) is the recipient of the Shaheen Award in engineering. A software engineering, Rodeghero is recognized for her excellent research on content extraction and program comprehension, as well as for her caring approach to teaching and mentoring. Rodeghero will assume a tenure-track position at Clemson University in the fall.

Joshua Noble (Department of Theology) is the Shaheen Awardee in the humanities. A specialist of Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity and gifted linguist, Noble is recognized for his exceptional scholarship, which argues for the reliance of the Acts of the Apostles on the Greco-Roman Golden Age myth. Noble currently serves as a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College.

Samantha Anderson (Department of Psychology) is the social sciences’ Shaheen Awardee. Anderson is a widely-published quantitative psychologist whose work addresses replication methodology and data analysis. She is recognized for her excellent academic record, brilliant scholarship, and effective teaching. Anderson will begin a tenure-track position at Arizona State University this fall.

Leandro Lichtenfelz (Department of Mathematics) is the Shaheen Awardee in science. A specialist of the Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, Lichtenfelz is an accomplished researcher with a strong publication record. He is also an outstanding instructor, and a favorite among his department’s honors undergraduates. In the fall, Lichtenfelz will begin a highly-coveted postdoc appointment at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Shaheen Awardees discuss their research findings and ties to the Notre Dame community in the video below.

Originally published by Nora Kenney at on May 24, 2018.