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College of Fine Arts Students Honored with Research Awards

Published September 24, 2015

The College of Fine Arts congratulates its students who were chosen to receive Undergraduate Research Awards through the Florida State University Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement. Each of these seven students received a cash award to fund their research during Summer 2015 and will present their findings in oral, poster, and creative presentations at the 2015 President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, held on Monday, September 28 from 5:30-8:00p at the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center Center.

Award Winners

Gabriela Fulginiti is in her senior year pursuing a dual degree in Studio Art and International Affairs, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She worked with Professor Holly Hanessian on an artistic research project in 3D ceramic printing through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). She received the Ranck International Study Award to spend 7 weeks immersed in Hindi study. This summer’s research project was born out of two previous trips to India, where she was a volunteer teaching English. After graduation, she plans to teach English abroad for a few years before getting her masters degree in International Education.

Drexston Redway is a Studio Art and Marketing major, currently in his third year and completing an honors thesis. A former UROP student, he spent his sophomore year assisting Professor Joelle Dietrick in completing several nationally recognized site-specific artworks and visual research. Drexston hopes in his last two years to continue to be involved across campus, while seeking out additional opportunities in research and the arts.

Danielle Wirsansky is in her final year pursuing dual degrees in Theatre and Creative Writing with a minor in History and is currently working on her honors thesis. She has been conducting research under Dr. Nathan Stoltzfus since her acceptance into the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) in fall of 2013. Her URCAA is the continuation of her 2014 MRCE project. She served as the FSU Student Theatre Association Marketing Director and currently is an intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council and Editor of the FSU Branch of Uloop News. Danielle plans to pursue a master’s in Holocaust Studies.

The following students also won awards and will be presenting their research in the poster display area.

Ellen Boener, from Port Orange, is in her last year and is working on a triple major in Theatre, Creative Writing, and International Affairs. She is also a UROP participant and is earning a TEFL certification. Ellen has been working on her honors thesis in practical performance research since last spring under the direction of Dr. Kris Salata. Her project focuses on the development of (a)lingual interactions in a performance setting. After graduation she plans to teach English abroad before completing a Master’s degree in English and Education.

Kelley Cunningham, originally from Seattle, Washington, is a BFA Studio Art and Creative Writing major. Last year, she conducted research on Dolly Parton and the gendering of country music with Dr. Leigh Edwards through UROP, and she is currently a UROP leader. In the future, she would like to continue combining body image research with creative endeavors and hopes to find a career creating feminist- friendly cartoons or comics.

Emily McCullers Kelly, a local to the Tallahassee area, is entering into her second year of the B.A. in Studio Art and is working towards completing the prerequisites for the Master’s in Art Education Program. She aspires to be accepted into the limited access B.F.A. Studio Art program this semester. Emily enjoys the process of collecting data and using art as a medium through which to express her findings. She looks forward to a career in engaging children to think critically about how to express ideas through the process of creating art.

Kelly Scandone, a Tallahassee native, is a junior studying Art History with a minor in Museum Studies. In addition to her current research under the guidance of Dr. Teri Abstein, Kelly is also continuing the research she began last year as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) with Art Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig for the Art on Campus Initiative. In the coming semesters Kelly will begin working on her honors thesis. Upon graduation, she hopes to obtain a Master’s degree in Museum and Cultural Heritage Administration and pursue a career that combines improving museum experiences and promoting cultural heritage education.