Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported Summer Research Program in Baltimore at the Interface between Science and Art (Baltimore SCIART)
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Baltimore SCIART Consortium offers a 10-week long Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate Students at the Interface between Science and Art in the research laboratories of leading scientists, engineers and art conservators, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Johns Hopkins University, and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. The program runs from June 11th through August 11th this year and is meant primarily for high performing science and engineering undergraduate students from Baltimore area academic institutions with a diverse background and strong interest in art conservation science and engineering. Applications from students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in Arts, with strong science and/or engineering background will be considered as well.
Building on UMBC tradition and strength in providing high quality education to students from underrepresented groups in STEM, this summer research program will offer research and education training opportunities to highly qualified students, including students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged populations. The selected students will be involved in highly multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects aiming to understand the degradation of art works, to develop new non-destructive analytical techniques to study art works, and to develop new treatment and environmental monitoring methods to restore and preserve art works. Research activities will be augmented by an extensive professional development program, which will include workshops, guest lectures, and visits to conservation science laboratories in neighboring institutions like the National Gallery of Art and the US Library of Congress in Washington DC, and the Smithsonian Laboratories in Suitland, MD.
The 2017 SCIART Team: