Department of Art History congratulates Professor Lauren Weingarden on receiving the Florida State University Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for 2017 for her role in mentoring Art History UROP student Chase Van Tilburg on his research into the digitization of the Professor John House nineteenth-century stereocard collection.
The Mentor Award, offered by The FSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement, recognizes and honors faculty members whose direction and advisement of honors thesis research or creative activity has significantly contributed to the enhancement and quality of education of undergraduate students at Florida State University. During the past year, Professor Weingarden has also mentored two Honors Theses in the Major: Flynn Larson, “Child of the Sun: The Regional Impact of Wright’s Organic College” (Fall 2016); and Kelly Scandone, “Collegiate Architecture: Histories, Heritage, and Values Imparted Through a Visual Landscape” (Spring 2017). Professor Weingarden is also currently mentoring Honors student Natalie Jones, whose thesis is titled “Shiga Prefecture War Shrine: An Artistic Intersection of Religion and Regime” (Fall 2017).
Professor Weingarden is extremely honored to receive The Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. She explains how her scholarship and teaching has led to this milestone:
Throughout my career as an Art Historian, I have been actively engaged in developing interdisciplinary methodologies and applying them to case studies (literature and the visual arts, science and humanities, architecture and urban planning). I bring this perspective to the classroom by teaching visual and textual analysis of cultural artifacts. Outside the classroom I have organized and presented at interdisciplinary conferences and panels. Whether serving as an HITM director or as a UROP mentor, I have used these experiences to encourage my students to think outside the box and to cultivate projects that foster intellectual exchanges across the university community.