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.

Research topics include environmental security issues (ranging from the water-energy-food scarcity nexus and environmental health), to climate misinformation and technologies that play a role in global conflict; improving the health and resilience of the Dog River watershed and local Vermont communities; and researching the most pressing energy resilience challenges to look for innovative solutions.

“CGRS’ Student Fellows program has been a transformational learning opportunity for the students who are selected.” Dr. Karen Hinkle, associate provost for research and chief research officer, Norwich University

“Our student fellows represent multiple disciplines, years and lifestyles. They are from different states and countries and speak different languages. They embody the evolution of Norwich University, still steeped in experiential and service-based education but one that’s getting more diverse in backgrounds and ideas and adding to the body of knowledge,” CGRS Director Dr. Tara Kulkarni said.

The 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 eight students for fall 2021 and more to be named for spring 2022.

“CGRS Student Fellows program has been a transformational learning opportunity for the students who are selected,” Associate Provost for Research and Chief Research Officer Dr. Karen Hinkle said. “Their deep engagement in research and service related to their interdisciplinary projects advance their critical thinking skills beyond the walls of the classroom to create meaningful scholarly contributions and collaborations that truly make an impact on our community, both here at Norwich and beyond.” 

The Environmental Security Fellows are:

  • Reiley Anderson
  • Lydia Brown
  • Renata De Paiva
  • Matthew Kolb
  • Shawn Matthews
  • Maggie McNeil
  • Dean Proctor
  • Molly Twombly

The Energy Resilience and Security Fellows are:

  • Camryn Anderson
  • Sarah Carls
  • Anhkiet Huynh
  • Ilyes Hassani

Resilient Vermont Fellows:

  • Jorge Javier Huisa Chacon
  • Angela Samohuallapa Esenarro
  • Zhujun (Zelda) Wu

Dog River Fellows

  • Hannah Kowalewski
  • Zeb Perreault
  • Zhujun (Zelda) Wu

“The CGRS student fellows are such a vital and vibrant part of CGRS,” CGRS Associate Director Dr. Kaitlin Thomas said. “I have found that their enthusiasm and curiosity — spanning such a wide variety of disciplines and topics - is so motivating to me in my role as their scholarly advisor. Their ideas are truly inspiring, and give me a renewed sense of confidence that the future is bright under their lead.”

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. CGRS is focused on challenges in the areas of climate change, water, energy, and infrastructure and their impact on resilience and security. CGRS will craft creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities, through inter-disciplinary research and design collaboration.

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 go along with over $20 million of externally acquired research and institutional grants managed by the Office of Academic Research. Over 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.

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