CBR Project: “Understanding PTSD: A Brief Overview of Biological Research.” Center for Death Penalty Litigation and Carolina Justice Policy Center (Durham, NC). 2017.
Olivia Pennoyer (class of 2020) is originally from Rumford, Rhode Island, but moved to Augusta, Georgia at age ten. Olivia is currently undecided about a major of study, but is exploring disciplines that connect science, service, and policy. On campus, she is the secretary for Future is Now (FIN), which provides mentorship to elementary school girls in the Durham area, and works in a lab specializing in studying the Epstein Barr virus. She is also an admissions ambassador, giving tours to prospective students, and participates in Spanish Service Learning classes, which provide vital bilingual services to the Durham education system. For her SOL summer project, Olivia is working with two community partners in Durham, North Carolina this summer—the Center for Death Penalty Litigation and the Carolina Justice Policy Center. Olivia’s research explores how PTSD diagnoses affects death penalty sentencing.