Meet the Burns Fellows

Notre Dame Program For Interdisciplinary Educational Research

Chang Che ND PIER

Chang Che

  • Ph.D. student in Pyschology
  • Advisor: Zhiyong “Johnny” Zhang
  • Undergraduate Institution: Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China

Chang is a first-year graduate student in Quantitative Psychology. She grew up in Xi’an, China, and graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in 2016 with a BA in both Psychology and Statistics. Chang is now even further away from home as a current Notre Dame and PIER graduate student. Her research interests include linking Big Data methods to the field of psychology and educational measurement.

 

Maxwell Hong ND PIER

Maxwell Hong

  • Ph.D. student in Pyschology
  • Advisor: Alison Cheng
  • Undergraduate Institution: UC Davis

Max is a first-year graduate student in Quantitative Psychology. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2015 with a BS in Psychology. His research interests include psychometric methodology and its application to both psychological and educational constructs.

 

Patrick Graff ND PIER

Patrick Graff

  • Ph.D. student in Sociology 
  • Advisor: Mark Berends
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Institution: University of Notre Dame

Patrick is a first year graduate student in Sociology and CREO. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy and Chinese. He then earned his M.Ed. through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows Program, while concurrently teaching third grade in Tampa, Florida. Before beginning graduate school, Patrick worked as an Associate Director of the ACE Teaching Fellows program. His research interests include methods to recruit, support, and retain teachers in K-8 school contexts, with a focus on the translation of basic research to public policy.

 

Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson

  • Ph.D. student in Political Science 
  • First Year Mentor: David Campbell 
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Indiana

Hannah is a first year graduate student in Political Science. She graduated with honors from Indiana University in 2016 with a BA in Political Science, where her undergraduate thesis focused on the effects of racial pejorative language use on the formation of political identity. Her research interests include political psychology, public opinion, and religion in American politics.