May 2019 Student Updates
Sarah Ben-Ezra, Class of 2020
My first year in the program was challenging but fun and rewarding. I made great friends and colleagues throughout the year and hoping to continue making connections in the coming year.
This semester, I participated in my first conference at the Graduate Student Research Conference on campus. I presented a poster about research I conducted as part of Dr. Welsh’s Nature of Museums class in the fall. My topic focused on the benefits of evaluations in connection with community engagement in museums. I had a good time and I hope to attend larger conferences in the future.
This summer, I will be interning at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, in their Collections department. I am excited to interact with objects of rock music history (with gloves, of course) and gain useful skills in collection management firsthand.
I look forward to the year ahead as I finish up the program!
Sarah Fulton & Anna Whitaker, Class of 2020
Anna Whitaker and Sarah Fulton’s exhibit, "Husking for Home: The 1939 National Corn Husking Competition" is now on display at the Lawrence Visitors Center. The exhibit discusses the fun, frivolity, and serious purpose of an event that brought more than 100,00 people to Lawrence. Corn husking competitions helped Midwest farmers maintain their traditional values during a time of social change and financial insecurity. Estimated to be on display through July, "Husking for Home" was written, designed, and installed by the students as part of their MUSE 704 Introduction to Museum Exhibits class.
Meghan Grizzle, Class of 2019
My time at KU MUSE has helped me develop the skills to be successful in starting my professional career at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I have worked and completed internships at the Kansas State Historical Society, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute Archaeology, Entomology, and Ichthyology Divisions, along with becoming a graduate teaching assistant in human anatomy. I plan on continuing my thesis research in archaeological collections management by examining current archaeology lexicons and proposing a more standardized way to enter data for archaeology collections, specifically.
Kaitlin McGrath, Class of 2020
This summer, I am an Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellow at Fort Ticonderoga, where I will work to re-house the fort's collection of headgear. My duties will include taking photographs of each piece of headgear, creating custom storage mounts, cataloging each object into the collections database, and creating social media posts to document the project.
Molly Nevius, Class of 2021
Incoming student Molly won 1st place in the Liberal Arts Oral Presentation Division of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee's annual Student Showcase for Projects, Innovation, and Research. Molly's presentation was titled, “Swings of the Pendulum: Why Lee Krasner Matters.”
Melissa Raynoha, Class of 2020
This summer, I will be interning with the registration department at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. My responsibilities will include an independent project at the Center's Plains Indian Museum, where I'll be creating an inventory for uncatalogued archaeological materials within the collection. I also will be assisting with exhibit installation, condition reporting, database management, and loan processes. When not working, I'm excited to explore Yellowstone National Park and check out the Cody Nite Rodeo!
Kiera Schneider, Class of 2020
This summer I will be interning in the collections department at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. I hope to have a future career working with museum collections, and this internship will be a wonderful opportunity to learn and have hands-on experience with collections management.