Erin Blasko | March 8, 2019
University of Notre Dame alumna Alexis Doyle, a 2017 Rhodes Scholar, has been invited to study at Stanford University next year as one of 75 Knight-Hennessy Scholars — and as the very first Knight-Hennessy Scholar from Notre Dame.
Established in 2016, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program offers full funding, including tuition and academic, living and travel expenses, for students enrolled in one of Stanford’s more than 200 graduate and professional programs.
Doyle is a 2017 Notre Dame graduate. She earned her degree in biological sciences and international peace studies.
“I am very grateful for all those who encouraged me to apply for the scholarship at Stanford and for my close friends and mentors who have supported my growth at Notre Dame and beyond,” Doyle said. “In particular, I am profoundly grateful for the support of Notre Dame professor Dr. Joseph Buttigieg, whose recent passing has left many reflecting about his remarkable impact on our lives. I wish that I could continue to converse with him in the years to come regarding what I will learn in medical school, but I hope that my life’s work will honor his extraordinary legacy and his own work for justice.”
As an undergraduate, Doyle participated in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service, the Glynn Family Honors Program and the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program. She served as a resident assistant in Ryan Hall and as a teaching assistant for honors math. She was co-president of the Compassionate Care in Medicine Club. She volunteered at the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center in South Bend. And she tutored South Bend-area elementary students.
Away from campus, Doyle interned for one semester at a local public hospital in Puebla, Mexico. She also traveled to Guatemala each summer and one spring break. She worked as a lab assistant there in a clinic in the Palajunoj Valley. She also partnered with local women in the valley on an entrepreneurial project centered on soap making.
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