SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

OFFICE OF FELLOWSHIPS

MINORIY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

AWARDS LIST 2003


The following is a list of the applicants who were appointed as a result of the 2003 Office of Fellowships' Minority Internship Awards competition. This list includes the names of the institutions in which they are currently enrolled, the title of the internship project to be undertaken at the Smithsonian, the name of their supervisor, the Smithsonian unit at which the internship was conducted.

This list is intended to demonstrate the kinds and variety of projects that receive support through the Office of Fellowships Minority Internship Program.

SPRING 2003

Lal, Roshni D., Graduate Student at George Washington University. “Researching Asian Pacific Islander collections and and assisting in the development of public programs and special events,” under the supervision of Franklin Odo at the National Museum of American History.

Low, Cynthia M., Graduate Student at George Washington University. “Preservation and Conservation of photographs and paper based artifacts,” under the supervision of Hanna M. Szczepanowska at the National Museum of Natural History.

Mendez, Veronica , Graduate Student at Universidad Metropolitana. “Preparing materials for SERC's education programs and providing information and resources to visiting teachers and students,” under the supervision of A. Mark Haddon at the Smithsonain Environmental Research Center.

Pineda, Ariadne M., Senior at University of Arizona. “Assisting with Smithsonian Folklife Festival logistics and issues,” under the supervision of Robert Schneider at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

SUMMER 2003

Blair, Tonya D., Graduate Student at University of Southern Mississippi. “Researching for the 50th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board Supreme Court Decision,” under the supervision of Niani Kilkenny at the National Museum of American History.

Brown, Ayanna S., Graduate Student at Tufts University. “Identifying and interpreting artifacts and materials for Jubilee: African American Celebration and Memory,” under the supervision of Portia James at the Anacostia Museum.

Brown, Brenda J., Senior at Cardinal Stritch University. “Fabrication and installation for the American on the Move exhibit,” under the supervision of Ann Rossilli at the National Museum of American History.

Carr, Noel F., Freshman at James Madison University. “Investigating geographic variation in vocalizations and genetics in tropical parrots,” under the supervision of Timothy Wright and Jesus Maldonado at the National Zoological Park.

Carter, Rabiyah , Sophmore at Syracuse University. “Documenting the living exhibit "Mali" for the Folklife Festival; Applying cathodoluminescence microscopy to an ongoing study of Guatemalan Jadeitite petrogenesis and preparing collections for accession,” under the supervision of Sorena Sorensen and Mary Jo Arnoldi at the National Museum of Natural History.

Chitkara, Mona , Graduate Student at George Washington University. “Facilitating the Portrait Stories program at libraries and community centers in the DC Metro area; gathering biographical research on identified sitters,” under the supervision of Tia Harris at the National Portrait Gallery.

Coles, Chastity E., Junior at Rosemont College. “Coordination of the Thirtieth Anniversary Commemoration and Celebration of Sweet Honey in the Rock,” under the supervision of Niani Kilkenny at the National Museum of American History.

Fadahunsi, Oluremi F., Senior at Howard University. “Documenting the network, upgrading of computer software/hardware and supporting users with computer issues,” under the supervision of George Quist at the Office of Exhibits Central.

Franklin, Andrea S., Sophmore at University of Central Arkansas. “Conducting outreach, record management and research for the Brown v. Board of Education project,” under the supervision of Alonzo Smith at the National Museum of American History.

Gavelan-Vargas, Cinzia , Sophmore at Montgomery College. “Conducting research on a science program at the National Zoo, developing lesson plans and assisting with education programs at the NZP's Amazonian Gallery and Community Science Workshop,” under the supervision of Mario Castellanos and Jesus Maldonado at the National Zoological Park.

Guerrero, Marcela C., Senior at University of Puerto Rico. “Assisting with photo research, fact checking and photo permissions for the Ana Mendieta Retrospective,” under the supervision of Olga Viso at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Harris, Tiana D., Sophmore at Miami University. “Designing web pages for the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, and working with the registrar department,” under the supervision of Pearline Waldrop at the Anacostia Museum and Center for African Amer Hist and Cult.

Ii, Suzanne S., Senior at California State University, Fresno. “Inventorying human skeletal remains in the Physical Anthropology Division's collections,” under the supervision of David Hunt at the National Museum of Natural History.

Mattos, Naomi A., Sophmore at College of William and Mary. “Coordinating the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, developing program flyer and book, and reviewing research for the event,” under the supervision of Niani Kilkenny at the National Museum of American History.

Mays, Alexis E., Junior at Hartwick College. “Photographing the National Museum of Natural History's specimens for scientific research and publication,” under the supervision of Carl Hansen at the Office of Imaging and Photographic Services.

Melendez, Alexander , Junior at Marymount Manhattan College. “Planning educational activities for Profiles of Excellence exhibition,” under the supervision of Magdalena Mieri at the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives.

Nakanishi, Thomas M., Sophmore at Yale University. “Assisting with the Japanese Memorial Foundation educational inititatives and Commodore Perry's sesquicentennial exhibition,” under the supervision of Franklin Odo at the Asian Pacific American Program.

Peairs, Rhondalyn K., Graduate Student at University of Southern Mississippi. “Developing a methodology for "Saving the Archival Record of American Technology and Innovation",” under the supervision of Jane Sanchez at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Perez, Elizabeth M., Graduate Student at Brown University. “Planning new exhibit on business and economic history and the role of the consumer in the American economy,” under the supervision of Steven Lubar at the National Museum of American History.

Ramirez, Marisa L., Graduate Student at University of Arizona. “Digitizing scientific volumes published on the United States Exploring Expedition,” under the supervision of Martin Kalfatovic at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Robinson, Denise A., Graduate Student at George Washington University. “Assisting in coordinating special events: planning menus, décor, entertainment and invitation lists,” under the supervision of Elizabeth Little at the National Museum of American History.

Screen, Mary K., Senior at Johnson C. Smith University. “Processing legacy and newly acquired collections, organizing archives and assisting in the preparation of presentations on local church history,” under the supervision of Gail Lowe at the Anacostia Museum and Center for African Amer Hist and Cult.

Truesdale, Maia A., Senior at New Mexico Highlands University. “Inventorying human skeletal remains in the Physical Anthropology Division's collections,” under the supervision of David Hunt at the National Museum of Natural History.

Truesdell, Nicole D., Senior at Beloit College. “Inventorying human skeletal remains in the Physical Anthropology Division's collections,” under the supervision of David Hunt at the National Museum of Natural History.

Vivas, Kairo A., Freshman at Montgomery College. “Conducting research on a science program at the National Zoo, developing lesson plans and assisting with education programs at the NZP's Amazonian Gallery and Community Science Workshop,” under the supervision of Mario Castellanos and Jesus Maldonado at the National Zoological Park.

Wei, Junhow , Junior at University of Chicago. “Observing and evaluating the Folklife Festival sites,” under the supervision of Cynthia Vidaurri at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Wilson, Shala D., Junior at Howard University. “Photographing museum artifacts using high end digital equipment to produce exhibition quality prints,” under the supervision of Carl Hansen at the Office of Imaging and Photographic Services.

FALL 2003

Guthrie, Lester H., Freshman at Montgomery College. “Determining morphometric variability of the terminalia in Monoxia,” under the supervision of Jorge Santiago-Blay at the National Museum of Natural History.

Posniak, Marina , Sophmore at Sarah Lawrence College. “Assisting in the Renwick Gallery’s education initiative,” under the supervision of Claire Larkin at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.