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The 2018 Outstanding Mentor Awards were recently awarded to Laurie Grigg and Elizabeth Gurian at the Annual Faculty Scholarship Awards Dinner on January 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, all the while remaining incredibly 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 themselves to graduate programs. These mentoring experiences have been through senior capstone projects, summer research fellowships, and extramural grants.

Laurie just returned from 6 months at the University of Wyoming with recent graduate Irene Magdon where, funded by a $130,000 NSF Research Innovation and Infrastructure grant, they were able to analyze their lake sediment cores using the sophisticated instrumentation there.  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. Throughout this time, she’s 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 has mentored projects such as “Understanding Amish Culture in Modern Day America”, “Humanitarian Factors vs. Risk Factors: The Making of a Combat Veteran and a Criminal Offender”.  Elizabeth 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 both faculty and students alike. Elizabeth 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 Chair of the Athena society. 

Congratulations, Laurie and Elizabeth

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