NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) welcomes several student fellows this academic year to work within the center to advance research.

Generous support from the Association of Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation (AEHS) matched by Norwich University’s Office of Academic Research allowed CGRS to offer environmental security student fellowships to five students for fall 2020 and eight students for spring 2021.

“The Office of Academic Research is deeply committed to supporting Norwich student scholars, including the CGRS fellows, in their efforts to engage in scholarship and the pursuit of new knowledge,” said Dr. Karen Hinkle, Norwich’s associate provost for research and chief research officer. “The CGRS fellows are exploring topics of local, national, and global importance that have the potential to make significant contributions to solving challenges related to resilience and security.

“The Office of Academic Research is deeply committed to supporting Norwich student scholars, including the (Center for Global Resilience and Security fellows, in their efforts to engage in scholarship and the pursuit of new knowledge.” Dr. Karen Hinkle, associate provost for research and chief research officer, Norwich University

“These student fellows, along with an impressive group of students across disciplines supported by the robust Norwich Undergraduate Research Program, are coming face to face with complex questions and sophisticated analysis that truly enhance their academic experience,”

Research topics range from exploring environment-aiding technology, such as smart cities and environmental sensors, to exploring nuclear power as the next clean, renewable and energy-efficient resource.

The students are:

  • Lydia Brown, age 20, of Royalton, Vermont, Class of 2023, majoring in psychology and criminal justice.
  • Renata DePaiva, 19, of Rio de Janeiro, Class of 2023, majoring in computer science.
  • Jazmin Goodson, 23, of Las Vegas, graduated in December 2020 with a degree in Studies in War and Peace
  • Jack LePage, 19, of Palmyra, Maine, Class of 2023, majoring in criminal justice.
  • Kpatcha Massina, 22, of Togo, West Africa, Class of 2021, majors in international studies with a minor in computer crimes and forensics.

Goodson graduated in fall 2020. Four new students joined Brown, DePaiva, LePage and Massina in spring 2021.

Spring semester student fellows are:

  • Nicholas Clements, Class of ’23, of Boston, majoring in criminal justice.
  • Maggie McNeil, of Gilford, New Hampshire, Class of ’23, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Cameron Reed, of Mount Holly, North Carolina, Class of ’21, majoring in nursing.
  • Molly Twombly, of Rockport, Massachusetts, Class of ’23, majoring in biochemistry with a minor in English.

DePaiva and Massina have held this fellowship since fall 2019 and extended their CGRS fellowship work into an Undergraduate Research Summer fellowship and recently presented in the student poster session of the AEHS east coast conference.

Student fellows Camryn Anderson (since summer 2020) of Northfield, Vermont, Class of ’22, majoring in general engineering with a focus on environmental engineering; Angeline Gonzalez (for fall 2020) of Pleasantville, New Jersey, Class of ’21, majoring in international studies; and Angela Samohuallpa (since spring 2021), of Cusco, Peru, Class of ’22, majoring in civil engineering; support CGRS’s Resilient Vermont Initiative and are funded by the High Meadows Fund. Ethan Miller, of Baldwinville, Massachusetts, Class of ’21, majoring in architecture, supports CGRS’s Dog River Conservancy and is funded by the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Recent graduate, current graduate student and Norwich’s Rhode’s Scholar nominee Mallory Dutil, Class of 2020, of Northfield, Vermont, is starting her CGRS fellowship by focusing on the wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) and environmental security initiatives (ESI).

Investing in research

Over the past decade, Norwich has grown its investment in faculty and undergraduate research of endowed income and reinvested grant overhead to more than $800,000, to complement more than $20 million of externally acquired research and institutional grants managed by the Office of Academic Research.

More than 250 students have conducted research since the Office of Academic Research’s launch in 2007. The program’s stated goal is to support and encourage students to pursue original research, scholarship and creative projects in collaboration with faculty and to provide funding to allow for exchanging of information and presentation of their work at professional meetings and within the university community.

The Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) is a Norwich University research center of excellence dedicated to the advancement of the interrelationships between human resilience and sense of security in the face of global challenges. The center is focused on challenges in climate change and water, energy and infrastructure and their impact on resilience and security. CGRS will craft creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities, through interdisciplinary research and design collaboration.

For more details on the student fellows and all the people of CGRS, visit https://www.norwich.edu/cgrs/2784-the-people-of-cgrs.

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