2018-2019 Library Research Scholars & Adobe Scholars

2018-2019 Library Research Scholars

  • Rachel Fracasso

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Mentor: Christina Larson

    Project: Journey throughout South Africa and Beyond

    Rachel is conducting a humanities research project employing photography and Story Maps to document her travels and experiences while studying abroad in South Africa. She will also create a travel journal in the style of mixed media travel journals housed in Special Collections.

  • David Lanster

    Year: Senior
    Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry
    Mentor: Cristina Favretto

    Project: Miami Craft Brewery Collection

    David is exploring culinary history of Miami, focusing on the growing craft beer scene. He is actively collecting ephemera to establish a Miami Beer archive as part of Special Collections and contextualizing these findings through oral histories and interactive maps.

  • Kristine Reynardus

    Year: Senior
    Major: Public Health
    Mentor: Martin Tsang

    Project: Female Expression in Hispanic Art

    Kristine is utilizing the Cuban Heritage Collection to provide historical contexts to female artists by creating an interactive, multimedia story map. By providing relevant biographic and historic information, Kristine will increase the visibility and context of women artists and female representation in Hispanic and LatinX art. Kristine is also including personal artistic expressions to encourage and inspire others to find new forms of expression.

2018-2019 Adobe Scholars

  • Armani Rodriguez

    Year: Sophomore
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Mentor: Vanessa Rodriguez and Amy Strickland

    Project: The Surge of South Florida Hip-Hop

    Armani is creating a multimedia project to collect and increase the representation of local South Florida artists in UM Libraries’ collections. He is capturing South Florida hip hop history, including the development of specific artists and record labels.

  • Amber Tavakoly

    Year: Senior
    Major: Psychology and Political Science
    Mentor: Vanessa Rodriguez and Terri Robar

    Project: In the Eye of the Activist: Surveying Student Movements through Visual Mediums

    Amber is researching and analyzing various student-led social movements of the 20th and 21st century to create an online Documentary-style booklet that can also be printed. She will explore how visual messages permeate public thought to enhance advocacy.

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