Maria Trejo, Civil and Environmental Engineering
(Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tara Kulkarni)
A living machine, or an eco-machine, is a technology consisting of ecosystems connected in a way that treats a waste stream. The objective of this project was to build a lab-scale ecomachine model to test the reduction of phosphorus in treated effluent from wastewater treatment plants. This project aimed to determine if living machines can serve as a polishing step in waste water treatment plants and help in lowering the phosphorus contamination related to algal eutrophication in Lake Champlain, near Burlington, Vermont.
Rebecca Sweem, Mathematics
(Faculty Mentor: Dr. Darlene Olsen)
Malignant mesothelioma is a very aggressive type of cancer that affects the cell membrane lining of the lungs and is primarily due to exposure to asbestos. This research sought to determine which experiment is best at quantifying the gene expression in mesothelioma cells using the statistical software program “R.” Results of the project can potentially benefit research efforts in finding a cure for malignant mesothelioma and identifying which technology is more efficient at determining the differential gene expression in their data for the most accurate results.
Abigail Seaberg, History
(Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gary Lord)
This research shed light upon the details of a largely forgotten voyage, The North Pacific Exploring Expedition of 1853-56, and the artist, William Brenton Boggs (Norwich, 1828). Thanks to the discovery of Lt Robert Randolph Carter’s correspondence at Colonial Williamsburg’s Rockefeller Library, the North Pacific Exploring Expedition became more than an historical footnote. Notable clarifications included fleshing out Boggs’s personality and habits, the positive identification and context (through contemporary writings) of several pieces of art held by Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center, and the particulars of the mysterious illness that cost Captain Ringgold his command of the expedition.
Kaitlyn Roy, Psychology
(Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Thomas)
This study explored whether or not sexualization in the media translates into lower levels of self-worth among women and men of varying ages. Participants included individuals from the Norwich University population as well as from the surrounding communities. The hypothesis was that viewing sexualized images will produce a significant decrease in self-worth in men and women of varying ages and that this effect will be greater in females, who are sexualized more intensely than males.
Kathryn Rutkowski, English
(Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dalyn Luedtke)
While tattoos have been the subject of study, there have been few published studies on the descriptions and explanations that people give of their body art rather than the images themselves. Using cluster criticism to chart the terms that appeared in individual descriptions of tattoos submitted on the study’s website, this project analyzed how individuals discuss their art choices and how they reflect any social values or trends.