Cross-disciplinary group of students, faculty to convene during two-day conference

Interested in climate change and floods? How about bilingual education or preserving Cajun language? Maybe first-degree murder exonerations excite you. Undergraduate researchers will explore all of these topics during the annual Students to Scholars Symposium.

The decennial symposium, running Thursday and Friday, mostly in Kreitzberg Library, will feature 14 presentations from undergraduate researchers. The events let students explore topics that interest them and perhaps score Undergraduate Research Fellowships or Apprentice Grants.

Thursday will feature a networking session from 1 to 3 p.m. in the library’s South Instruction Room. Students may meet faculty from the colleges of Liberal Arts; Science and Mathematics; and Professional Schools and get answers on professional opportunities and grant funding from Undergraduate Research Committee representatives.   

This year, to coincide with Wellness Days, Thursday will feature a drop-in session for students, whether they’re in the symposium or not, to get guidance on developing research projects, proposals or abstracts.

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A member of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets shows his research poster during the December 2017 Students to Scholars Symposium in Milano Ballroom. Students, faculty and guests will wear their masks during this year’s Students to Scholars Symposium poster session, Thursday in the Sullivan Museum and History Center rotunda. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Thursday’s symposium slate closes with a poster session and ceremony honoring 2021’s summer research fellows from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Museum and History Center’s rotunda.

The student research presentations come Friday, all in the library’s Todd Multipurpose Room. Virtual audience participation is available on Microsoft Teams.

Some sessions hark back to recent prominent university research. Junior Lydia Brown’s examination of remote Inuit tribes in the Arctic paralleled the Arctic focus of the  2021 Military Writers’ Symposium and summer 2021 Arctic Triad. Freshman Logan Pinder’s presentation on the U.S.-China cyberwar could have fit into last spring’s Peace and War Virtual Summit, presented by the John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center.

And, senior Angela Samohuallpa Ensenarro’s examination of Vermont flood mitigation and assessment a decade after Tropical Storm Irene might have fit with Dr. Simon Pearish’s  Water Street Cultural Heritage Walk, which examined the topic over Labor Day.

Here’s the presentation schedule.

9 to 9:50 a.m.

  • “The Impact of French Language Learning Apps on Bilingual Education,” Adele Cousland ’22 (political science/French language major).
  • “A Quantitative Comparison of Texas Executions and First-Degree Murder Exonerations from 1982-2020,” Hannah Kolb ’24 (criminal justice/psychology major).
  • “The Influence of Bedrock Composition on the Survivability of Tailings Dams in Heavy Rainfall Events,” Shawn Matthews ’22 (environmental science major).

10 to 10:50 a.m.

  • “La Culture de la Cote D’Ivoire,” Kayleen Koumoue ’25 (international business/French language major).
  • “Movement Screening of Cadet-Athletes: Injuries of Corps Students Affecting Their Physical Performance,” Maggie Thornton ’22 (exercise science major).
  • “Fighting the Extinction of Cajun French: Potential Solutions for a Pressing Issue,” Carolyn Verret ’25 (criminal justice/French language major).

11 to 11:50 a.m.

  • “Remote Inuit Tribes in the Arctic,” Lydia Brown ’23 (psychology major).
  • Making the Grade: The Flaws of the Grading System,” Charles Vasas ’23 (architectural studies major).

Noon to 12:50 p.m.

  • “The Current Status of the U.S.-China Cyberwar,” Logan Pinder ’25 (computer security and information assurance major).
  • “Helping Indigenous Communities in the Brazilian Amazon Dealing With the Problem of Mercury Pollution,” Dean Proctor ’24 (biology major).
  • “Understanding the Differences Between Cinematography of French and American Films,” Joshua Smith ’23 (international studies/French language major).

1 to 1:50 p.m.

  • “How Exploring Culture Impacted the Structure of America,” Joshua Smith ’23 (international studies/French language major).
  • “Healing the Wounds,” Celenee Noriega ’22 (criminal justice/Spanish language major).
  • “Vermont Flood Mitigation & Assessment: 10 Years After Tropical Storm Irene,” Angela Samohuallpa Ensenarro ’22 (civil engineering major).


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