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Friday, November 13, 2020


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. 


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  • 2020 Symposium Schedule

    Friday, November 13, 2020 

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    Moderator: Dr. Amy Woodbury Tease

    Natalie Sophia Cerna ’21 (Criminal Justice & Spanish), Contradictions among Current Immigration Policy, and Examining Avenues for Reform

    Jacob Folsom ’21 (Computer Science), A deep dive into the Playstation 4

    Beatrice Sullivan ’22 (Criminal Justice), The Patriot Act: how it prevents crime, and the misconceptions behind it


    Moderator: Dr. Laurie Grigg

    Alvin Law ’22 (Nursing), Efficacy of Yoga on the Quality of Life in Cancer Patients

    Rebecca Garcia ’21 (Psychology/Spanish), Culture Shock and its effect on Mental Wellbeing

    Charles Vasas ’23 (Architecture/Computer Science), Roadblocks to a Sustainable Future: How government and companies block the way


    Moderator: Dr. Kyle Pivetti

    Vincent Alessi ’21 (Computer Science/Mathematics & Psychology), Utilizing Attention as a failsafe in Brain-Computer Interfaces

    Charles William Gunnels ’24 (Studies of War and Peace), Introduction of African American Cadets to Norwich

    Johannes Shephard ’21 (International Studies/French), Going To War: Comparing American language to French in narrating War and the experience of War


    Moderator: Dr. Amy Woodbury Tease

    Gwendalynn Clark ’21 (Computer Science), Cryptology and the Dangers of Images on Social Media

    Jonathan Mahan ’21 (History/Philosophy & Sociology), Pet Paradox: Vegan Morality and Animal Companionship

    Robert Frank Popeleski ’21 (Computer Science), Reliable form integrity with Javascript


    Moderator: Dr. Kaitlin Thomas

    Lydia Brown ’23 (Criminal Justice/Psychology), The Effect of Pollution on Vermont’s Waterways: Manure Runoff

    Renata De Paiva ‘23 (Computer Science), Ethics in the Technology: AI, Robots, Internet of Things

    Alex Rosas ’23 (Biology/English), The Effects of Audio Outside of Human Hearing Range on Mental Health in College Students


    Moderator: Dr. Amy Woodbury Tease

    Zane Fockler ’23 (Environmental Science), Establishing a plan for a pollinator garden on the campus of Norwich University

    Jared Macias ’21 (Computer Science), Internet of Things Forensic Data Loss Mitigation

    Anamika Usman ’24 (Biochemistry), Are Snails the Ultimate Cure: A Study on the Antibacterial Properties of Mucin Proteins


    Moderator: Dr. Addie Armstrong

    Robyn Dudley ’22 (Political Science & International Studies/Spanish), Government Types and Aid Implementation Effectiveness

    Faith Poor ’22 (Biology), Analysis of Beta-lactam Antibiotics in Local Waterways and Their Cytotoxic Effects

    Korben Whitt-Leitner ’24 (History/Economics), Upon a Hill: how conservatism drove American Foreign Policy from Expansionism to the Invasion of Iraq

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  • 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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