Students present summer research projects

by Prof. D. Westerman, February 2005

Three Norwich University Summer Research Fellows presented the results of their work at a Symposium in Kreitzberg Library’s multipurpose room on Thursday, February 17, 2004.

Meegan KelleyMeegan Kelley (ES '05) presented a talk entitled, Geology and Roman Tomb Construction at the Kenchreai Cemetery, Corinthia, Greece, based on her research in Greece with Richard K. Dunn, Assistant Professor of Geology. Kelley was part of a team of archeologists, anthropologists and geologists conducting research at the two thousand year-old Kenchreai Cemetery, located along the northern shores of the Corinthian peninsula. Her presentation focused on how the geology of the site influenced the layout and development of the Roman tomb system. Tombs are oriented in two parallel lines that are neither parallel to the coast nor to the topography, but rather run parallel to the geologic structures that encompass them.

Karthik RamanKarthik Raman (CS '06) talked about his research with Daniel J. McQuillan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. His paper was titled, Vertex Magic Total Labelings of Bipartite Graphs. These graphs consist of two sets of points, and all possible lines connecting a point from one set to a point in the other. Numerical values (labels) are assigned to the points and lines. The labeling is said to be "magic" if at each point, the sum of its value with the values of its incident lines is always the same. Raman's research focused on developing computer models to test possible magic labelings for what quickly turn out to be an enormous number of possible combinations of values as the graphs become larger.

Christopher RemillardChristopher Remillard (HI '05) presented the results of his research in a talk entitled, Norwich University, the Horse Cavalry, and the Development of ROTC. His work used a careful and pointed examination of how individuals, most notably Wood, Chapman, Tompkins, Reeves and Parker, were responsible for the evolution of Norwich into a Cavalry School and the birthplace of the ROTC program. Remillard's research, conducted under the guidance of Gary T. Lord, Dana Professor of History, illustrates how an examination of historical documents leads to a clearer understanding of the relationships that, in effect, determine the course of history.