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Watch the WCAX-TV interview with Dillon Zites ’20, the Norwich student chosen to present his research at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Zites was the only Vermont student chosen for the event this year. Posters on the Hill takes place April 29-30, 2019.


Biology major Dillon Zites ’20 has been invited to present his poster at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C., for his research project, “Use of Light-activated Vitamin B12 Derivatives for Improved Treatment of Cancer,” carried out during his 2018 Summer Research Fellowship under the direction of Professor Tom Shell. Posters on the Hill is an extremely competitive event, hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research: only 60 of more than 350 applications were accepted across the nation. Zites will be the third NU student to attend this event in the past five years.

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WCAX Story on Dillon Zites

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has received a Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant to help purchase a bench-top nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) instrument. The $10,000 award was one of 10 selected for funding from the 37 proposals received for consideration. Acquisition of this instrument will enrich and upgrade the Chemistry laboratory experience by providing students greater access to NMR Spectroscopy. Dr. Richard Milius, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, welcomed news of the award. “Benchtop NMR instruments are routinely used in research and testing labs. The addition of this instrument will afford our students experiential learning with a technique that they are likely to use in their first job.”

The 2018 Outstanding Mentor Awards were awarded to Laurie Grigg and Elizabeth Gurian at the Annual Faculty Scholarship Awards Dinner on Jan. 24, 2019.

Laurie Grigg, Ph.D., started her time as assistant professor in the Earth and Environmental Science Program in 2017, however, she’s been a lecturer at Norwich since 2011, while remaining active with her research and publishing on a variety of projects, including examining climate change over the last Holocene, or 100,000 years, by examining lake core sediments around Vermont.

Over these years, she’s mentored 20 students in independent research projects, many who have been co-authors on presentations and publications and who have gone on to graduate programs. These mentoring experiences have come through senior capstone projects, summer research fellowships, and extramural grants.

Laurie just returned from six months at the University of Wyoming with recent graduate Irene Magdon, where, funded by a $130,000 National Science Foundation Research Innovation and Infrastructure grant, they used the sophisticated instrumentation there to analyze their lake sediment cores. She's made an incredible impact on Norwich students as they develop into independent thinkers and scientists. 

Elizabeth Gurian, Ph.D. is an associate professor in criminal justice and has been at Norwich since 2012. She has been highly committed to mentoring undergraduates in the classroom and in a variety of research projects, not only in areas close to her own expertise, which is investigating aspects of serial murder and perceptions of mass killers, but also in projects such as “Understanding Amish Culture in Modern Day America,” “Humanitarian Factors versus Risk Factors: The Making of a Combat Veteran and a Criminal Offender.”

Gurian is a prolific scholar, having authored an impressive number of publications and presented at national and international conferences. Perhaps even more impressive is her focus on establishing stronger mentoring programs for everyone across the university, benefiting faculty and students alike.

Gurian is the founder and organizer of the GUIDE program, which aims to mentor students in academic, welfare, social and career choices. She also has made a particular impact on the professional and personal development of female students and faculty, having promoted Norwich’s membership to the American Association of University Women and serving as chairwoman of the Athena society. 

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