SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

OFFICE OF FELLOWSHIPS

MINORIY AWARDS PROGRAM

AWARDS LIST 2006


The following is a list of the applicants who were appointed as a result of the 2006 Office of Fellowships' Minority Awards competition. This list includes the names of the institutions in which they were enrolled, the title of the internship project undertaken at the Smithsonian, the name of their supervisor or advisor, the Smithsonian unit at which the internship or fellowship was conducted.

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

Internships provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the supervision of research and professional staff members at the Institution's many museums, research institutes and offices.

Visiting Students pursue independently designed research projects in association with Smithsonian staff.

SPRING 2006

Amador, Patricia E., Senior at Friends University. Geospace Analysis and Analysis of Habitat Data, under the supervision of Peter Leimgruber and Catherine Christen at the National Zoological Park.

SUMMER 2006

Bannerman, Sharity W., Sophomore at Spelman College. Guides to the Collections 'African American Artists' and 'Archivos Virtuales', under the supervision of Karen Weiss at the Archives of American Art.

Carrillo Lopez, Alma M., Graduate Student at Brown University. Bracero Oral History Project, under the supervision of Peter Liebhold and Steve Velasquez at the National Museum of American History.

Collins, Ana C., Sophomore at University of Texas, Austin. Trace Element Variations in Pegmatitic Beryl, under the supervision of Michael Wise at the National Museum of Natural History.

Feng, Shing-yao, Senior at University of Texas, Austin. Preparations for "Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth", under the supervision of Valerie Fletcher at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Galos, Noelle E., Sophomore at Oberlin College. Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture, under the supervision of Olivia Cadaval at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Garcia, Leon F., Graduate Student at Florida State University. Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program on Latino Music, under the supervision of Daniel Sheehy at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Heilman, Alyssa D., Junior at University of Virginia. Processing the Cigna Firefighting and Maritime Collection, under the supervision of William Yeingst at the National Museum of American History.

Ichile, Iyelli M, Graduate Student at Columbia University. Roots of Hip Hop, under the supervision of Diana Baird N'Diaye at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

January, LaTricia M, Graduate Student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Working with Images of Nigeria by Henry John Drewal and Margaret Thompson Drewal, under the supervision of Amy J. Staples at the National Museum of African Art.

Kataria, Tiffany, Freshman at State University of New York, Stony Brook. Principle of Equivalence Measurement, under the supervision of Robert Reasenberg at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Lopez, Richard James S., Sophomore at University of California, Berkeley. Military Image and Technological Change from Woodcut to Moving Picture, under the supervision of Margaret Vining at the National Museum of American History.

Rodriguez, Yenisey, Senior at University of Chicago. Bracero Oral History Project, under the supervision of Steve Velasquez and Peter Liebhold at the National Museum of American History.

Soni, Jaya K., Graduate Student at University of Texas. Researching the Contemporary South Asian Communities in the DC Metro Area, under the supervision of Franklin Odo at the Asian Pacific American Program.

Whitehouse, Herbert K., Senior at University of Maryland, College Park. National Zoo's Male Reproductive Physiology of the Giant Panda, under the supervision of Copper Palmer at the National Zoological Park.

Wiley, Amber N., Graduate at George Washington University. Coordination and Program Planning for the Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, under the supervision of Diana N'Diaye at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Yin, Iris K., Sophomore at Carleton College. Latin American Portraits in the Catalog of American Portraits, under the supervision of Linda Thrift and Carolyn Carr at the National Portrait Gallery.

Fall 2006

Zarate, Christina M., Senior at University of Texas, Austin. Creating a Teaching Collection, under the supervision of Magdalena Mieri at the National Museum of American History.

Visiting Student Summer 2006

Gonzalez, Vanessa L., Graduate Student at California State University. Phylogenetic Reconstruction of the Ostracod Family Cypridinidae, and the Evolution of Bioluminescence, under the supervision of Harilaos Lessios at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Iizuka, Fumie, Graduate Student at University of Arizona. How and Why Did People Begin to Make Pottery? A Functional and Social Study of the Monagrilo Ceramic Tradition from Central Panama (4800-3200 BP), under the supervision of Richard Cooke at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.