Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
My first internship in a museum was in the Registration Department at Newfields. My mentor and several other staff members were graduates of IUPUI’s museum studies program, and that recommendation was enough for me.
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
Last spring, in my Exhibit Planning and Design class, I worked with a group to design an exhibit for the Wayne County Historical Museum. In my Museum Administration class this semester, I’m working with a different group to write a strategic plan for the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana. I think these two projects are my favorite because they have the potential for real change. Both museums can look at our final products and implement what they like from our ideas.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
During undergrad, I got into salsa dancing. Before COVID, I was able to continue taking lessons downtown.
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
I am a collections fellow at the Great American Songbook Foundation, working under the archivist. I just finished up a digitization project in which I worked with metadata from the digitized recordings and published the files on IU’s Media Collections Online. I have also been rehousing a collection and updating its inventory, along with other smaller projects.