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 fifteen 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 three children.
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.
History student, karate enthusiast, actor—Benjamin Bertrand does it all. Originally from Wakefield, Massachusetts this senior honors student came to the University of New Hampshire to pursue his passion for medieval history. Before he even started classes, he identified Professor David Bachrach as a scholar he wanted to know because of Dr. Bachrach’s study of medieval history, a particular interest of Ben’s. He is now writing his senior thesis with Dr. Bachrach, for which he studied a number of manuscripts from the Middle Ages in Europe, examining depictions of Muslims. Studying weaponry, however, is still a major interest for him. Ben will graduate in May with a bachelor of arts in history with minors in classics and political science. Any free time he has, he spends practicing martial arts such as Shotokan Karate and stick-fighting, and has performed in theatre productions with the Mask and Dagger Dramatic Society. Ben joined the Inquiry student editorial board in order to learn more about the research that goes on at UNH. After graduation, Ben is considering graduate school in history but may take some time first to work as a paralegal.
Junior Sarah Bogert joined the Inquiry student editorial board last year. She wanted to get some editing experience and also learn about research being done by undergraduates in other majors. A member of the University Honors Program, she plans to graduate in 2016 with an English literature major and business administration and political science minors. After that, Sarah is not sure what path she will take. She is currently interested in obtaining a master’s degree in public administration. A native of Laconia, New Hampshire Sarah chose the University of New Hampshire for a multitude of reasons: a large campus, the ease of making connections, and the cost of tuition. In her free time, when she’s not working at the library or concentrating on her schoolwork, Sarah likes to watch film noir and unusual movies. Two of her favorite directors are Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson.
Senior Elsa Lindgren from Francestown, New Hampshire is a neuroscience major with a passion for medicine and health care. Among the first students to take up the neuroscience major, she came to the University of New Hampshire for it and the University Honors Program. Although she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, she chose neuroscience over biology because of her interest in the interdisciplinary and psychological elements of medical care. The summer after her freshman year, Elsa was awarded a Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) grant by the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, and worked with one of her professors to research whether or not lobsters could hear. She was drawn to the project for the neurological questions involved, and she has also done research on executive functioning modeled in rats. Elsa has worked at a health center and is deeply invested in working with patients. In her honors thesis she will research rates of dementia and connections to other health factors. Elsa enjoys endurance sports: she is a leader for the Nordic Ski Club, loves to run and bike, and has summited all forty-eight 4,000-foot mountains in the White Mountains. After graduation this May, Elsa plans to attend medical school, focusing on primary care, and is considering joining the Health Service Corps after finishing medical school.
Sarah Milicia is perhaps the modern day Renaissance woman. A junior and member of the University Honors Program, Sarah is majoring in English and minoring in Italian. The Fairfield, Connecticut native 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 a wide scope of activities. 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 second-year Inquiry board member, is excited to be back with the Inquiry team as an editor/reader for all the articles. While she still has the travel bug after spending her summer in Cambridge, England, and her fall semester in London, she is very happy to be back on campus at UNH.
Moira Adele Dionne Mullin Wright absolutely hates filling out legal documents and bubbling in scantrons because of her three middle names. Somethings she does like are reading and writing, which led to her double major of English literature and classics. Originally from Berwick, Maine Moira decided to attend the University of New Hampshire due to the generous scholarship money she received. She also likes the many opportunities that come from attending a medium-sized university, including funded research and the University Honors Program, of which she is a member. This past summer, Moira participated in a Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) with Dr. Sean Moore from the UNH English department, in which she did research at the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Boston Athenæum. Dr. Moore was interested in contributions of the slave trade to the advancement of libraries and the American consumption of books printed in London. Moira explained that “We looked at popular books, mostly fiction, because we wanted to see how people felt about literature in general during that time period.” After graduation in 2016, Moira aspires to work in the publishing industry and plans on pursuing a master’s of science degree in publishing, ideally at New York University. Once established in the field, Moira plans to open her own publishing firm. She joined the Inquiry student editorial board this, her sophomore year, to get some editing experience. When not working on research or preparing for her next Greek class, she enjoys knitting, especially with the Irish wool she picked up during her transatlantic travels this summer.