Faculty Director of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research; Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences
Brigid Carroll Casellini holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of New Hampshire and a graduate certificate in publishing and communications from Harvard University. Over the past twelve years she has worked for several magazine and book publishers in the greater Boston area. Brigid has been a senior editor of Inquiry since 2005. She resides in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband and two daughters.
Dr. Jennifer Lee holds a master’s degree in English from Michigan State University and a doctorate in comparative literature-medieval studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is retired from the English department of the University of New Hampshire and has extensive experience in writing, researching and editing in both the humanities and the sciences. She has been a senior editor of Inquiry since its first issue in 2005.
Elizabeth Sheckler is a first year doctoral student in the University of New Hampshire's English literature program with a focus on nineteenth-century texts. She completed an MA in literature at UNH in 2010. Elizabeth lives in Manchester with her husband and an affectionate (though sometimes unruly) tabby cat named Magnus. She is a great lover of stories and grew up in a small town on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She recently lived in the vibrant hubbub of Baltimore, Maryland, where she learned to pick crabs, and worked for a nonprofit. Elizabeth plans to complete her degree, so that she may teach the love of stories to others.
Sophomore Sarah Bogert of Laconia, New Hampshire, decided to attend the University of New Hampshire for its closeness to home and its quintessential college ambiance. “It’s just the right size,” she says. “You see people you know every day, but it’s big enough to cater to everyone.” Particularly fond of British literature, Sarah has “always been a bookworm,” and is majoring in English literature. A member of the University Honors Program, she is enjoying its small, intimate classes. In the fall semester, Sarah took a Shakespeare seminar with only six other students. “We spent three days on a single play,” she enthuses. After UNH, Sarah is planning to pursue a graduate degree in either teaching or editing. She became an editor for Inquiry this year to see how well the latter option suits her. When she’s not preparing for the next session of her Shakespeare seminar, Sarah enjoys indulging in mystery stories, watching thrillers, and experiencing new kinds of music.
Cory McKenzie, a senior commuting from Hampstead, New Hampshire, is never caught without his umbrella. After spending this past summer in Japan, hunting through encyclopedias and databases for a connection between the Greek epic, The Odyssey, and the Japanese legend, Yuriwaka, Cory picked up the habit of always carrying an umbrella due to the regularly rainy weather. A member of the University Honors Program, Cory is no stranger to Inquiry. He first became involved with the journal when he published an article in his sophomore year. Cory says he “enjoyed the experience and seeing things from the other side of the fence” as an editor and author his junior year. Now an editor in his senior year, Cory is completing three majors in history, philosophy, and classics. He chose the University of New Hampshire because of the opportunities provided by the Honors Program, availability of undergraduate research, and events within each department. Although he likes learning about ancient languages, his true love is anything and everything related to Japanese culture. Speaking, writing, and reading Japanese, as well as participating in karate only skim the surface of his fascination. Cory is channeling his enjoyment of Japanese literature into his senior thesis, which will include his International Research Opportunity Program (IROP) research of Yuriwaka. After finishing his undergraduate career at UNH, Cory plans to pursue graduate studies in Japanese history and literature.
Sarah Milicia is perhaps the modern day Renaissance woman. A sophomore in the University Honors Program, Sarah is majoring in English and minoring in Italian. A Fairfield, Connecticut, native, she chose the University of New Hampshire for its unique ability to foster a dynamic range of interests. With this in mind, it is no surprise that Sarah is highly involved in an impressive scope of activities. On any given day, you may find Sarah composing a creative piece for the campus literary journal or practicing hard with UNH’s crew team. Her true love, though, is poetry, and she reads and writes poetry whenever possible, citing it as a simple mechanism for self-expression. Sarah, as a first-year Inquiry editorial board member, hopes to become immersed in the editing and research writing realms. She also has a fervent interest in the publishing industry. As she continues to succeed at UNH—both inside the classroom and out—Sarah will surely realize the ideals of her Renaissance predecessors by embracing all knowledge and opportunities for self-development.
Avery Normandin, a junior from Manchester, New Hampshire, is a true fan of research in his major of medical microbiology. He has spent the past two summers on research projects, one here at the University of New Hampshire and another at the Scripps Research Institute in California. His UNH research was supported by grants from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research. During the summer of 2014, Avery will be in Stockholm, Sweden, researching immune mechanisms’ responses to HIV and influenza vaccine antigens, supported by an International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) grant. Avery’s minors are art history and genetics; he is a member of the University Honors Program and a Hamel Scholar. Avery intends to continue graduate research in biomedical science with a focus on engineering immunity. His love for research and interest in science writing led him to join Inquiry’s student editorial board last year. In addition, he plays violin in the UNH Symphony Orchestra and in the chamber music group, Divertimento, serves as the Student Honors Council president, tutors in molecular biology, and is an active member of UNH’s chapter of Oxfam America. Avery chose UNH for its music program after participating in UNH’s Summer Youth Music School. However, after taking a molecular biology course, he switched his concentration to the life sciences and has never looked back.
Junior Dylan Schiff is a master of preparedness and organization, excels in all of his classes, and still has time to sleep. His secret? He’s not a procrastinator. Dylan wastes no time dilly-dallying when it comes to education. A native of Tolland, Connecticut, Dylan chose the University of New Hampshire over other schools in the New England region because “it felt right.” Three years later, Dylan’s intuition has served him well. His major in environmental science: ecosystems, combined with his desire to become a high school science educator, have led him to take advantage of some great opportunities at UNH. In January, he traveled to Belize to sharpen his archeological surveying and mapping skills. He is a Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) Leader in chemistry and is a mentor in biology. Outside of academics, he participates in the Student Honors Council, the Honors Peer Mentor Program, and some ten other extracurricular activities. Dylan joined Inquiry for its involvement in scientific writing, a skill he plans to develop for his future in education. When he is not working toward his goal of instructing the great leaders and thinkers of tomorrow, Dylan accesses his creative side by developing mind-stretching quizzes and games for the website, Sporcle. He also has a passion for bowling, 70’s and 80’s rock, and Broadway musicals—interests that add to his already dynamic career at UNH. After graduation, Dylan plans to enter a graduate program in education.
Who else but Gwyneth Welch would choose to describe her experience at the University of New Hampshire as a “buffet of awesomeness”? A native of the small New Hampshire town of Hancock, Gwyneth backpacked across Europe and participated in World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) before coming to UNH to study neuroscience. In addition to being a member of the University Honors Program, she is currently conducting her own research in two campus labs: in one she is studying histone modifications in response to DNA double-stranded breaks, and in the other attentional set shifting in adolescent rats. She expects to graduate in 2016, and is contemplating going on for an advanced degree. Her ultimate goal is to integrate clinical research and medicine in neurobiology, particularly neurodegenerative diseases. This is Gwyneth’s first year participating in Inquiry. She joined the student editorial board because she wanted to get more involved with undergraduate research and to gain a better understanding of how research is transformed into a publishable paper. In her free time, Gwyneth plays the violin, rocks out to disco and 1980's new wave music, and participates in triathlons.