Avery Normandin


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.