Students in Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Honors Institute presented their research projects for the fall semester to faculty, peers, and other members of the NVCC community at the Honors Institute Showcase on December 4. Research topics included Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the stigmas and development around it as well as the effects of music on studying.
The Honors Institute is a program of study which allows academically successful students to complete their degree program with an “honors” designation. Honors students join a “community of excellence” and participate in college-level research and independent study opportunities, as well as gain direct access to faculty mentoring and networking opportunities.
The Honors Institute projects, requiring at least 20 hours of work over and above regular course work, are designed in collaboration with a faculty mentor, and represent an area of particular interest to the student. Students who successfully complete nine credits of rigorous honors work are eligible to graduate “With Honors.”
This semester, two students presented their research:
• Ana Cruz, working with Professor Angela Tiru, shared her research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
• With the support of Adjunct Professor of Music Professor Elizabeth Lorenzo and NVCC Research Librarian Jenna Stebbins, student Deborah Cruz delivered a presentation on the effects of various kinds of music on studying.
“The students continue to impress faculty with not only what they have learned in the course of the semester beyond the course’s syllabi, but also their ability to teach others as evident during the showcase. “ Kathy Murphy-Honors Institute Advisory Committee Chair.
New and current NVCC students are eligible to apply for the Honors Institute. Members of the Honors Institute have achieved and maintained a Grade Point Average of 3.4 after taking at least 12 credits at NVCC. More information can be found by contacting any member of the advisory committee or visiting the Honors Institute page on NVCC’s website.