"Preparing Notre Dame advanced degree students for careers in management consulting"

Welcome to the University of Notre Dame Graduate Consulting Club (NDGCC) webpage. We are a graduate student-led initiative of the Center for Career Development opening to all Notre Dame graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are interested in pursuing management consulting as a career.



Sihan Yu


I am a 4th-year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Molecular Engineering (CBE). I have been working on developing smart chemical materials for glucose-responsive glucagon delivery, aiming at urgent and prophylactic hypoglycemia rescue. During the experience in applying the patent for my research, I realized there are many challenging problems need to be solved by professional consultants to translate the research from bench to clinic and market. Our goal is to provide another career opportunity and bridge the consulting companies for graduate students to know more and prepare better for consulting. 

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Guoqiang Liu

Vice President - Treasuer

I am a 4th-year PhD student in the Integrated Biomedical Science Program (IBMS), experienced in single-cell-sequencing, gene editing, drug delivery, and cancer immunotherapy. I am also interested in applying financial knowledge and statistical skills in business analysis. Our goal for the Graduate Consulting Club is to help graduate students who are interested in consulting be prepared to transit from academia to consulting. 

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Samir El Idrissi

Vice President

Samir received his Bachelors in Molecular Biology from Loyola University. He is currently an IBMS PhD student at University of Notre Dame.

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Xuechun Wang

Board Officer

Xuechun Wang is a graduate student pursuing a dual degree in Statistics and Biology.  She has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in both fields. She is now looking to put her skills to use in a consulting role, where she can help organizations solve complex problems and make data-driven decisions. Xuechun is eager to join a team of like-minded professionals and positively impact the world.

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Luis Avila

Board Officer

Luis Avila is a Ph.D. candidate in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program. His work within antibiotic resistance research among virulent bacterial pathogens has led to Fellowship awards and published articles across top-ranked scientific journals. He is interested in solving complex and ambiguous problems by establishing data-driven solutions that enable growth and achievement of organizational goals. Luis is a team player and thrives in collaborative environments and always looks for new challenges and ways to make a positive impact for clients and NDGCC.

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Elizabeth Loughran

Liz Loughran

Advisor, Graduate Career Services

Liz Loughran joined Graduate Career Services in 2018 and serves as the Graduate Career Consultant for the College of Science. She seeks to empower students to pursue career experiences they find meaningful and impactful, including consulting. Before joining the GCS team, Liz was an innovation consultant at enFocus where she gained business experience in a variety of sectors. Liz has a strong scientific background, holding a Ph.D. in integrated biomedical sciences and a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame. She carried out her doctoral research in the lab of M. Sharon Stack at Harper Cancer Research Institute studying the impact of age and parity on ovarian cancer metastasis. Liz is a member of the Graduate Career Consortium and the Society of Catholic Scientists.

Liz Loughran

Graduate Career Consultant, College of Science
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Previous Officers

  1. 2021-2022
  2. 2020-2021
  3. 2019-2020
  4. 2018-2019​​​​​​