University of Vermont

CDAE and MPA Graduate Students Take to UVM's Student Research Conference

A strong showing of CDAE and MPA candidates display the ongoing work in the department's transdiciplinary approach

Abby Smith Student Research Day 2011
Second year CDAE MS candidate Abby Smith presents on Vermont's terrior

Once a year, UVM’s Davis Center becomes a hotbed of research conversation with graduate and undergraduate students displaying posters and giving presentations based on the work they are doing on (and off) campus.

This year, twenty-two CDAE and MPA graduate candidates students presented their research to audiences from across campus.  “At the end of my presentation, I found it really beneficial to get questions from folks in other disciplines,” reflects second-year M.S. candidate Abby Smith, whose presentation, Taste of Place Market Assessment: Exploring the General Demand for a Place-based Designation System for Vermont Food Products in the Northeastern United States, examines Vermont’s terrior, or “flavor” (think Champagne and compté cheese from France, or Charlevoix lamb from Quebec).    “Interactions like that are invaluable, especially as a CDAE student with a transdisciplinary research approach.”

The range of research topics stemming from these students is impressive: quality of life in food deserts and classifying food hubs; media, advertisement and market analysis; and local studies on Vermont’s food, revenue streams from natural resource extraction, and terrior.

The CDAE M.S. and MPA programs have historically had a strong presence in UVM’s Student Research Conference, sending over fifty students to the conference since 2009.