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NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Office of Academic Research announced the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships and Apprentice Grants for the summer and fall 2021 and for the academic 2021-22 year:

Summer Research Fellowships 

Summer Research Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to support creative or scholarly projects under the direction of a faculty mentor. Students receive stipends $3,000 for a six-week fellowship or $4,800 for a 10-week fellowship.  

The designation of Weintz Scholar is awarded to Summer Research Fellows of strong academic standing whose proposals were highly rated by the Undergraduate Research Committee. The Weintz Research Scholars Program was established by Norwich University Trustee Fred Weintz Jr. and his wife, Betsy to support the independent research endeavors of our highly promising undergraduate student scholars. 

Research Scholars 

Vincent Antonecchia (Professor Danny Sagan), Architecture and Ornamental History at the Bronx Zoo 

Renata De Paiva (Dr. Jeremy Hansen)), Should We Trust Smart Devices? A Survey on the Privacy Concerns caused by the Internet of Things 

Robyn Dudley (Dr. Michael Thunberg), Government Types and Efficiency of Aid Implementation  

Isabela Ferraro (Dr. Kaitlin Thomas), Examining the economic, systemic, and cultural benefits of immigration between the U.S. and Mexico in the 21st Century 

Faith Odegbami (Professor Sean Prentiss)), A Study on Poetry and its Impact 

Garrett Reihs (Dr. Nadia Al-Aubaidy)Nadia Al-Aubaidy), The Integration of Building Information Modeling and 3-D Printing in the U.S. Future Residential Buildings 

Joshua Tjandra (Dr. Seth Soman), Milking the Dairy Industry: A Study on what has morphed the industry in the last 20 years 

Weintz Scholars 

Clara Friend (Dr. Nadia Al-Aubaidy), Identifying the best practices of wastewater management in green residential buildings  

Michaila Furchak (Professor Tolya  Stonorov), Flood Resilient Architecture 

Sam Hubbard (Dr. Addie Armstrong), A Mathematical Model of Disease Spread in Closed Settings 

Julia Koron (Dr. Addie Armstrong), A Mathematical Model of Disease Spread in Closed Settings 

Lydia Reed (Dr. Allison Neal)), Do parasites protect their hosts? Testing for antimicrobial activities in trematode redia 

Doan Tran (Dr. Tara Kulkarni), Development and Testing of New Sprinkler Head Design 

Johannes Shephard (Dr. Kyle Pivetti), Ecological Ethnocentrism: The Dark Mountain Project and Brexit 

Analejandra Araujo Tupayachi (Dr. Jean-Sebastien Gagnon), Study of the possibility of inactivating the SARS-CoV-2 virus using electromagnetic waves   

Apprentice Grants 

Apprentice Grants provide undergraduates with high-impact learning experiences and give faculty support for specific research projects and curriculum development initiatives. The goals of the apprenticeship are to increase faculty productivity and to introduce students to professional life while developing their communication, analytical, writing, and/or research skills. Apprentice Grants are awarded for a single semester, an academic year, or summer. 

Summer 2021 

Dr. Addie Armstrong, assistant professor of mathematics, and Onduwunde Eli Ekoja, a junior mechanical engineering major and mathematics minor, for “Ramsey Numbers of Difference T Free Sequences”; 

Dr. Jean-Sebastien Gagnon, assistant professor of physics, and Sarah Farnum, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, for “Study of a minimal autocatalytic set with diffusion”; 

Dr. Elizabeth Gurian,, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, and Clara Alley, a junior criminal justice major and Spanish minor, for “Serial and mass murder: understanding multicide through theoretical explanations, offending patterns, and outcomes”; 

Dr. David Jacobs, assistant professor of physics, and Julie D’Orta, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, for The Viability of Hydroacoustics for Macro Dark Matter Detection”; 

Dr. Stephanie Maass,, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and Kaylee Olander, a junior criminal justice major, for “The Color of Drinking”; 

Dr. Allison Neal, assistant professor of biology, and Reine Gibb, a sophomore biology major, for “The ecology of freshwater trematodes in Vermont”; 

Fall 2021 

Dr. Amy Welch,, professor of health and exercise science, and Molly Flanagan, a sophomore health science major, for “Accuracy of a wearable biometric device in recording physiological responses to mindfulness meditation and diaphragmatic breathing interventions”; 

Academic Year 2021-22 

Dr. Jeff Casey,, assistant professor of theater and theater director, and Mr. Alex Rosas, a Biology major and English minor, for “Pegasus Players’ 2021-22 Season- Technical Director Apprentice”; 

Professor Sean Prentiss, associate professor of English, and Faith Odegbami, a sophomore English and Spanish double major, for “Chameleon Literary Journal Student Editor-in-Chief Apprenticeship”; 

Dr. Karen Supan,, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Carolina DiCampo, a junior engineering major, for “Thermogravimetric Analysis of Reed Canary Grass”; 

Dr. Michael Thunberg, assistant professor of political science, and Ryan Cranston, a sophomore political science major, for “Judging the President’s Power: Judicial Review of Executive Orders” 

About research at Norwich University

Over the past decade, Norwich has grown its investment in faculty and undergraduate research of endowed income and reinvested grant overhead to over $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 was created in 2007, thus formalizing research activities at Norwich. The stated goal of the program is: To support and encourage our 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.

Learn more about the Norwich University Undergraduate Research Program here:

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About Norwich University:
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Capt. Alden Partridge and is the oldest private military college in the United States. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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