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The annual Students to Scholars Symposium at Norwich University showcases undergraduate research in all its range and diversity. From the role of government in a free society, to the use of prosthetics in biomedical engineering, to water quality and public health, to creative writing, to how blueberries can affect brain aging—the subjects promise possibility for growth and enlightenment to all who experience this sharing of knowledge.

This campus-wide event features hands-on workshops and panels where students from all disciplines pitch research ideas “Shark Tank”-style for live audience feedback. Come join the fun! Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to attend the symposium and learn more about undergraduate research at Norwich. So please plan to attend, discuss, ask questions, and discover the sparks that ignite your own ideas.

Professor Amy Woodbury Tease
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Students to Scholars is an offering of the Norwich University Undergraduate Research Program.

  • 2018 Schedule

    Wednesday, December 5: Todd Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library

    4-5 p.m.

    NU Idea Innovation Challenge

    Students are invited to participate in this fast-paced exercise in problem-solving! Participating students form diverse teams, and are challenged to think creatively, design solutions to a themed challenge, and pitch their work to a panel of judges—all in under an hour. Members of the top team receive an Amazon gift card prize and invitations to the Students to Scholars welcome reception, where they will receive official recognition. Come with a team or on your own and play to win!

    Thursday, December 6: North Instruction Room, Kreitzberg Library

    9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11-12 p.m. (two sessions)

    Paid to Think: Undergraduate Research Opportunities at Norwich and Beyond

    Join members of the Undergraduate Research Committee and Undergraduate Research Student Ambassadors for an informal discussion and question-and-answer session about grant and fellowship opportunities at Norwich and beyond. We will focus on preparing proposals for summer research fellowships, but will also introduce other opportunities for students interested in pursuing independent and mentored undergraduate research projects. Prospective applicants and faculty interested in becoming mentors are encouraged to attend these interactive sessions.

    12:15-1 p.m.

    Human Rights Research

    Students in Professor Rowly Brucken’s Global Human Rights course will discuss the process of their research on human rights issues, including the trials and tribulations of finding evidence, organizing the information, and beginning to write. Attendees of all disciplines will benefit from hearing about their experiences in this interactive session.

    Panelists: Dylan O’Brien, Chris Schwenck, Amber Reichart

    1:30-3 p.m.

    Dog River Conservancy Research Showcase

    Join faculty and student researchers for a showcase of all the Dog River Conservancy work underway at Norwich University. This will be set up as a poster session and exhibit area where research teams will be available to discuss their work with attendees. Join us for this interdisciplinary and interactive showcase of research in progress!

    4:30-6 p.m.

    Welcome Reception, Sullivan Museum Rotunda

    Friday, December 7: Todd Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library

    9-9:50 a.m.

    Jared Duhaime (Computer Science)
    The Effects of iPads on Students’ Grades in Mathematics Courses

    Julia Koron (Psychology & Chemistry)
    Cadets and Caffeine: The Effects of Stimulants on the Sleep Cycle

    Nirmal Tamang (Civil Engineering)
    Electric Public Transportation: A pathway to clear air and better health

    10-10:50 a.m.

    Olivia Bloom (Neuroscience)
    How do concussions affect the rapid decision-making process, and at what stage of damage can it be deemed treatable by using a basic-function brain test?

    Shawnae Evans (Neuroscience)
    The Effects of Target Delivery of a Drug to Dopamine Receptors in the Brain to Improve Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

    Lauren Graham (Environmental Science)
    Optimal Culvert Design to Reduce Stream Disturbance

    11-11:50 a.m.

    Ethan Danielson (English & Psychology)
    Breaking Down our Struggle for Happiness: Is it in our Control?

    Alastair Huntley (Studies in War & Peace)
    Solely a Symbol? The American Flag at Military and Civilian Institutions

    Emma Parizo (Environmental Science)
    River Runoff Pollution versus Farm Runoff Pollution

    12-12:50 p.m.

    Alex Arvizo (History)
    Sweeping Dirt Under the Matador’s Cape: The Impact of the Amnesty Law of 1977 in uniting or dividing Spain and the impact on the general public in the immediate five years

    Kaylan Duncan (Business Management & International Business)
    Environmental Security Analysis of Corporate Infrastructure within Saudi Arabia

    Mallory Dutil (Environmental Science & Chemistry)
    Water Scarcity: An Insecurity Catalyst

    1-1:50 p.m.

    Jenna Flint (Health Sciences)
    A Case Study on the Clinical Manifestation of a Rare De Novo Genetic Deletion on Chromosome 19

    Emma Bunker (Mechanical Engineering)
    Phospholipase-C (PLC) a Factor in Alzheimer’s Disease

    Thaddeus J. Booth Trudo (Studies in War & Peace)
    Norwich University’s Forgotten Civil War Veterans

    2-2:50 p.m.

    Tyler Elliott (Civil Engineering)
    Environmental Impacts of Plastic Roads

    Liz Gregory (Neuroscience) and Morgan Woods (Psychology)
    Eye-tracking Applications for Mobile Concussion Diagnoses using Virtual Reality Technology

    Hannah Mendez Rockwood (Environmental Science & Psychology)
    Discarded Opiates: Making our Environment and People Sick

    3-3:50 p.m.

    Emmanuel Adu (Civil Engineering)
    The Impact of Socialized Education, Healthcare and Subsidized Agriculture on Ghana’s Economy

    Luke Chang (Environmental Science)
    How to Make People Aware that Rising Sea Level is Damaging our Coastlines

    Spencer Duhamel (English)
    “Algorithm”: Who is the Financial Benefactor of Art Created by Machines?

  • 2018 Panelists

    Emmanuel Adu is a sophomore civil and environmental engineering major. An international student from Ghana, Emmanuel is interested in investigative work into the role of government in a free society.

    Alex Arvizo is a junior history major, with minors in political science and Spanish. He is involved in political science, Spanish Club, and Pre-law Society, while also playing men’s varsity soccer at Norwich. Alex is interested in working with either history and international law in the professional world.

    Emma Bunker is a junior mechanical engineering major with minors in mathematics and leadership. From Berryville, Va., she is a member of Tau Beta Pi, president of Buddy Up, a cadet training company platoon sergeant in the Corps of Cadets, and a cadet in Air Force ROTC. Upon graduation, she plans on pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management with hopes to do research on prosthetics within biomedical engineering.

    Olivia Bloom is a junior neuroscience major involved in the Norwich women’s lacrosse team and participates as the treasurer of the student government. She has studied abroad in both Chengdu, China, for psychology and Cusco, Peru, for Spanish and studies in veterinarian sciences. She is interested in working on neurological topics such as Alzheimer’s, CTE, PTSD and other neurodegenerative diseases/disorders that affect the brain and body as a whole.

    Luke Chang is a sophomore environmental science major in the Corps of Cadets and Army ROTC, who takes part in MCW (blackhat). He looks forward to working on research projects related to the environment in the future.

    Ethan Danielson is a freshman civilian double majoring in psychology and education. Ethan has lived on Martha’s Vineyard all of his life and plans to become a psychologist and a school adjustment counselor for a high school. Ethan is a Buddhist and a biocentrist.

    Jared Duhaime is a senior computer science major with a minor in mathematics, and serves as the plans and programs officer in Air Force ROTC. He is working toward becoming a psychiatrist.

    Spencer Duhamel is a senior Honors student pursuing an English major with minors in philosophy and French. In Spring 2017, he was inducted to Sigma Tau Delta and is currently working on his Honors thesis, “Rhetorics of Rural Resistance: The Fight for Sustainability and Community in Central Vermont.” Spencer’s academic interests include philosophy, literature of power, and legal studies. Spencer has coached writing at the NU Center for Writing and plans on attending law school in either Massachusetts or New Hampshire after graduation.

    Kaylan Duncan is a double major in business management and international business, actively pushing for an economics program. An Illinois implant, Kaylan has served ten years in Civil Air Patrol, six total years in Air Force JROTC and ROTC, and three years on the American Management Association Undergraduate Board.

    Mallory Dutil is a junior majoring in Environmental science, chemistry, and engineering with a minor in biology. Her research interests include water quality and public health. She plans to attend graduate school after completing her degrees.

    Tyler Elliott is a junior civil engineering major. His goal is to help contribute innovative ideas to help the environment. He grew up in central Vermont and enjoys the outdoors.

    Shawnae Evans is a sophomore neuroscience major with a minor in chemistry, and is a member of the Corps of Cadets. She’s a Florida native and plans to shadow a trauma surgeon this summer at Florida Hospital Trauma center. Shawnae is Air Force ROTC-contracted and is seeking a health-professions scholarship to attend medical school. She is interested in researching neurodegenerative diseases.

    Jenna Flint is a junior health science major with a minor in biology. Jenna is a part of the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society and involved with Norwich University’s Emergency Medical Services (NUEMS). She plans on pursuing graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.

    Lauren Graham is a sophomore environmental science major with a biology concentration. She is from New Hampshire and would like to continue her studies of the natural sciences in graduate school.

    Liz Gregory is a senior neuroscience major from Colorado Springs. She will commission in May into the Army and plans on applying to medical school next year. She is also a member of the Norwich women’s rugby team and received a NU Summer Research Fellowship in 2017 for her research on how blueberries can affect brain aging.

    Alastair Huntley is a senior in the Studies in War and Peace Program. Along with academic research, Alastair focuses on creative writing. In 2018, Alastair received the Vermonter Fellowship through the Stowe Story Labs for his feature-length screenplay Half Shell, and also attended the 2018 Yale Writers’ Workshop.

    Julia Koron is a freshman in the Corps of Cadets double majoring in psychology and chemistry, and is a member of the Norwich women’s soccer team. She is interested in pursuing a career with the Department of Defense as a researcher.

    Hannah Mendez Rockwood is a sophomore double majoring in environmental science and psychology with a concentration in law and protection. She’s an active member of Love Your Melon, the SHARP committee, and the Legacy March Committee. After school, Hannah plans to pursue law school or enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is also interested in working in the field of environmental law.

    Emma Parizo is an environmental science major with a concentration in environmental law. A Vermont native, Emma is also a part of the Norwich women’s rugby team. She is interested in water quality and wants to work for the Department of Fish and Wildlife after school.

    Nirmal Tamang is a sophomore civil engineering major who volunteers through the Norwich University Center for Civic Engagement, is an executive member of ISO, and loves to travel. He is interested in blending transportation engineering and environmental engineering for the sake of infrastructural development with sustainable environment.

    Thaddeus J. Booth Trudo, a Studies in War and Peace major, was the recipient of the 2018 Richard S. Schultz ’60 Colby Symposium Fellowship. He is a member of the inaugural class of Norwich University Civic Scholars and part of the Norwich University Honors Program as well as a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. Along with his pursuits here at Norwich he is a sergeant in the Civil War re-enacting unit of the 14th (Austin’s) Battalion Louisiana Sharpshooters and an apprentice blacksmith. Thaddeus hopes to enter a post-graduate program for museum collections management and to work in military museums to serve the memory of our nation’s service-members.

    Morgan Woods is a senior psychology major with a minor in Spanish and a concentration in neuroscience. Following graduation, she plans on going to graduate school to work on a PhD in cognitive research as well as commission into the Army. She is a member of the women’s rugby team and is interested in the study of concussions and its possible treatments and preventative measures.


  • Students to Scholars Podcast

    On Norwich Odyssey, Professor Amy Woodbury Tease goes in-depth on the possibilities for fun and enlightenment with undergraduate research.

    Note: This interview was produced for the 2016 Students to Scholars Symposium; therefore, the dates given in this podcast will not match the 2018 symposium dates. Please see the 2018 schedule for the most current dates.

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