Our Corps of Cadets consistently rise to the top in their endeavors. Below are some of their accomplishments and achievements from summer 2023.
Merit Scholarships and Awards
Cadet Antonio Ahanj ’24, international studies major, was awarded the Boren Scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan during the 2023–24 academic year.
Cadet Anna Yemelianova ’25, international studies major, was named a fellow in the Iris Burton Bulls Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Fellowship Program.
ROTC Training Achievements
U.S. Air Force: Cadet Cate Dowden ’25 was a distinguished graduate of her U.S. Air Force Field Training in summer 2023.
Naval ROTC: Cadet Colin J. Tortorelli 2024+3 was the honor graduate at the NROTC New Student Indoctrination, 1st Increment in summer 2023.
Research—Summer Undergraduate Research Institute
The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute is a program where the cadet, as the principal investigator, conducts research directly with a faculty mentor. This year, 42 cadets in total participated in SURI with research in a large range of areas. Cadets conduct in-depth research with their faculty mentor for either a five-week or a 10-week experience, earning a scholarship and a room and board stipend. SURI has sponsored guest speakers, library instruction, and skill development sessions such as writing a project proposal, adding research to a resume, and how to write a research abstract. Cadet Ellie Pickford ’24 studied the effects of nicotine on antidepressants in Betta fish, for example, while Cadet Brian Tavenner ’25 researched rocket precision.
Cadets and their research topics:
- Cadet Ellie Pickford ’24 studied the effects of nicotine on antidepressants in Betta fish.
- Cadet Brian Tavenner ’25 researched rocket precision.
- Cadet Caitria Catania ’24 researched the links between Spanish poetry and culture in the early 20th century.
- Cadets Brijesh Regeti ’24 and Talli Taring ’24 researched data analytic tools to attract new donors for United Way.
- Cadet Lawrence Porter ’24 studied and tested the serviceability on a Chessie Trail bridge.
Mattie Montgomery Assistant Editor
The assistant editor assists the editor-in-chief in various tasks relating to the production of quarterly and monthly publications, as well as prepares written materials for publication. The assistant editor serves as liaison between class agents and chapter presidents and the Agencies’ publications, as well as provides backup photography for events.