April 27, 2012: Undergraduate publishes research article in UNH Inquiry Journal
Cory standing with Father Victor in front of the main monastery building. Behind them is an image of St. Michael the Archangel.
Cory McKenzie's Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) grant allowed him to complete his first “big” research project: he visited Holy Trinity Monastery in upstate New York to investigate the traditions that kept the Russian Orthodox Church alive during communist persecution in the twentieth century.
From Hampstead, New Hampshire, Cory has always taken the road “less traveled by.” He is a sophomore history and philosophy double major, though he found his way into the philosophy department “quite by accident.” A member of the University Honors Program, Cory’s innate curiosity and love of reading have led him to study Japanese, theology, New Hampshire history, and Uechi-ryu karate, which he has practiced for nearly four years. “I seem to get interests and throw myself into them for a few years,” he says. However, no matter what roads he takes on his quest for learning, he revolves around history.
Cory is appreciative of the skills he learned by researching Russian Orthodoxy, from learning how to sort through huge masses of information to being persistent. He would like to perform more research during the summer of 2012 related to New Hampshire court history. Cory will graduate in May 2014, at which point he will consider going to graduate school for either history or philosophy.
Read Cory's research article, Refuge from Communism: A Monastery in New York Preserves Russian Orthodoxy.