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School of the Arts awards interdisciplinary research grants

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The KU School of the Arts recently awarded more than $11,000 in interdisciplinary research grants. The grants are faculty-mentored and will fund research and creative projects exploring a range of topics.

"This year’s pool of applicants was exceptionally strong,” said Henry Bial, Director of the School of the Arts. “It’s exciting to see so many students recognize the potential of an arts-based research project to transform their undergraduate experience.”    

Students submit a research proposal focusing on one of the themes of Bold Aspirations, two supporting and recommendation letters from faculty members, and a budget.  Applications are evaluated by the School of the Arts Student Advisory Board on the merit of the applicant's proposal, the applicant's academic record and a recommendation letter from the faculty mentor.

As part of the project, students must include a public component, such as a performance, exhibition, screening or presentation appropriate to each project’s discipline.

Awarded once a year, the School of the Arts Student Interdisciplinary Research Grants provide support for original, independent creative and scholarly research.

Award recipients are listed below:

Leigh Kaulbach, a graduate student from Manchester, New Hampshire, majoring in visual art with a concentration in printmaking: “Learning the Risograph Collaboration Machine,” mentored by Yoonmi Nam, visual art, and Luke Jordan, visual art

Cale Morrow, a junior from Dodge City, majoring in theatre: “KU Sketch Comedy Show,” mentored by Jane Barnette, visual art, and Darren Canady, English

Colin Neukirch, a senior from Topeka, majoring in theatre with a concentration in theatre design/scenography: “ReDiscovered,” mentored by Mark Reany, theatre, and James Moreno, dance

Patricia Nixon, a graduate student from Topeka, majoring in visual art with a concentration in expanded media: “Explicit Images: An Interdisciplinary Research Art Project,” mentored by Ben Rosenthal, visual art, and Luke Jordan, visual art

Savannah Rodgers, a junior from Olathe, majoring in film and media studies: “Be Brave,” mentored by Tamara Falicov, film and media studies, and Matt Jacobson, film and media studies

Kayla Wegley, sophomore from Ozark, Missouri, majoring in dance: “Alterity,” mentored by James Moreno, dance, and Michelle Heffner-Hayes, dance

The School of the Arts is made up of the Departments of Dance, Film & Media Studies, Theatre and Visual Art.  As part of the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the School of the Arts offers fresh possibilities for collaboration between the arts and the humanities, sciences, social sciences, international and interdisciplinary studies. Visit the KU School of the Arts at sota.ku.edu.