Apprenticeships

G.R.O.U.P. Apprenticeships paired faculty members and undergraduate students in summer research projects, allowing the students to develop new skills under the guidance of a faculty mentor and to experience the rigor and excitement of academic research in an area of their interest.

Apprentice Hanna Huynh helped process and analyze microartifacts from a fourteenth/fifteenth CE Middle Islamic building from Dhiban, Jordan. Huynh's work includes sorting small artifacts (ceramic, bone, metal, glass, etc.), photographing them, cataloging data, and learning how to conduct microartifactual analysis.

Apprentice Jess Genevieve Bailey assisted with research at the RKD archives in the Netherlands and compiled a list of drawings for Professor Elizabeth Honig's scholarly wiki focused on the work of artist Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625). The Jan Brueghel Wiki is the first project of this type in the field of art history, and could possibly form the basis for web-based research in this discipline.

Apprentice Lisa Cronin helped seek out participants in various online fan fiction communities and take oral histories from them regarding their involvement in the creation, maintenance, development, and preservation of Internet fan fiction archives. The oral histories are intended to communicate to present-day and future fans and fan-scholars the efforts and accomplishments of the online fan fiction community and how they created and experienced the first twenty years of Internet fan fiction.

Apprentice Paige Walker helped Professor Angelova in the preparation of her forthcoming monograph “Gendered Imperium: Founding Men, Women and the Imperial Power Discourse in Rome and Early Byzantium, 1st c. BCE to 6th c. CE.” Paige/Ms. Walker verified dates of individuals and events, located quality illustrations, drafted letters for museums, and conducted library research.

Apprentice Sandy Ngo helped research the lingering effects of the chemical Agent Orange on three generations of Vietnamese civilians. Ngo’s work over the summer focused on studying the Vietnamese American War (1959-1973), researching the differing political attitudes towards Agent Orange, and analyzing who should be held accountable for its dissemination in Vietnam.

Apprentice Cameron McKee helped gather materials for a book currently under development entitled “Painting the Inhabited Landscape: Fitz H. Lane and Antebellum Globalism.” This in-progress work focuses on New England landscape artist Fitz H. Lane, who was an active artist during the 1845-65 period.

Jan Brueghel Wiki |
2010-2011

Apprentice Amina Yee assisted with the development of a scholarly wiki prototype focused on the work of artist Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625). The Jan Brueghel Wiki will be the first project of this type in the field of art history, and could possibly form the basis for web-based research in this discipline.

The summer apprentices worked closely with Professor Slater to submit bibliographic work on Portugal and Brazil, as well as working with the literature on geoparks and theoretical questions of “authenticity.”

Apprentice Bahador Jafarpur investigated recent projects in Jordan, Iran, and Bahrain in order to gain a sense of the diversity of ways that archaeologists are developing archaeological sites for tourism in these countries.

The Mobile City Chronicles apprentices investigated, developed, and tested “urban detective games” that engage systems of monitoring city life. The games developed during the apprenticeship will be played on a smart phone interface, and will produce new data about the cities that reveal previously undetected patterns.

Student Apprentice William Bottini conducted interviews with design pioneers and practicing designers, traveled to important museums such as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Pasadena Art Museum, and reviewed popular and scholarly publications.

Karuk is a severely endangered language of northern California, spoken by only a handful of elderly first-language speakers. Anna Currey, the student apprentice for the project, assisted in the preparation of a short practical grammatical overview of the Karuk language, aimed at language teachers and learners in the Karuk community.

The student apprentices focused on developing a better understanding of how new media might be used to connect communities. Each apprentice gained familiarity with the Mission and tech community, created useful techniques for a community news site, and discovered ways in which they may connect and offer print and multimedia coverage that will help the two communities connect.

Apprentice Jon Atkinson gathered materials for Professor Lovell’s new course, “The Idea of the Villa.” Atkinson collaborated with a research team, researching Antique, Renaissance, 18th-century British and American villas from antiquity to the present.

The summer apprentice worked intensively with Professor Slater in preparation for a book project in both California and in Northeast Brazil, and with the Lira Nordestina, a cordel press in Juazeiro do Norte.

The Summer Apprentice participated in the evaluation of a community outreach project that aims to make the proceedings before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal accessible and comprehensible to the general Cambodian populace.

The apprentice, Justine Rivero, researched and analyzed an extensive reading list, watched films related to visual culture and interpretation, attended art exhibits relevant to the topic, and compiled a list of articles and academic papers that deal with visual documentation and issues of human trafficking.

The student apprentice, Emily Adams, developed a database of paintings and drawings, with a focus on the 16th through the 20th century period. She also gathered information on the artists, scientists, and experiments depicted, and looked into artists’ relevant correspondences and personal writings.

The Student Apprentice assisted on a book-length project, researching primary sources concerning photography, the Civil War, and economic debates as well as Sojourner Truth’s life and activism among abolitionists and suffragettes; reading newspapers of the key years, for instance the New York World; and locating and ordering all extant photographs of Sojourner Truth.

Student Apprentice Melissa Preston sampled field notes for close reading for genre conventions, stylistic devices, and other aspects of literary form. Drawing on textual perceptions of stylistic affinities, she contributed to the understanding of field journals as a social tool.

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