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Student Research


Emma Ayala, Visual Arts

Undergraduate Research Award – mentor Assistant Professor Corrie Parks


Bentley Corbett-Wilson
B.A., Music (Music Education)

UMBC has presented me with opportunities that have led me to be more open-minded, think more critically, and take action within my community.

Bentley Corbett-Wilson’s UMBC story is one of personal growth and supporting others through leadership in shared governance and campus life.

As president of UMBC’s Student Government Association (SGA) during the university’s 50th anniversary, and an active senior member of the Student Events Board (seb), Corbett-Wilson was closely involved in UMBC’s anniversary celebrations. He also offered a student perspective on major campus-wide events throughout the 50th year, from the Women’s Center’s “Take Back the Night” to SGA’s “Election Night Extravaganza,” sharing photos and reflections on UMBC’s main social media accounts and in UMBC Magazine.


Emily Eaglin, B.F.A., Visual Arts (Cinematic Arts)

Entering UMBC as a Linehan Artist Scholar, Emily Eaglin has combined creative scholarship with passionate engagement on social issues to develop several projects capturing the attention of local and national audiences alike.

Eaglin has worked to hone her approach and techniques in film and video to realize cinema’s powerful potential to communicate about the complex intersections of class, gender, and race with a mass audience. She has created several film projects and a web series, Marylandia(2016), while at UMBC —receiving two competitive student awards to support the research and production of that series.


Emmanuel Mones, Visual Arts

Undergraduate Research Award – mentor Professor Mark Durant


Jacob Mueller, B.A., Theatre

Jacob Mueller is a Linehan Artist Scholar who has continually distinguished himself at UMBC as a thoughtful and creative lighting designer. Mueller has worked on the student-directed Studio 3 productions Gidion’s Knott and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, and was the lighting designer for his department’s Blackbox Theatre production of Proof, a highly competitive opportunity to showcase his growing expertise.


Rachel Morin, Visual Arts 

Undergraduate Research Award – mentor Assistant Professor Sarah Sharp


Ezra Pailer, Visual Arts

Undergraduate Research Award – mentor Assistant Professor Corrie Parks


Jacqueline Wojick, Visual Arts 

Student Fulbright (Norway) – mentor Assistant Professor Corrie Parks

With her imagination sparked by a study abroad experience in Scotland, she applied to the U.S. Fulbright Student Program, winning a research award for 2017-18. Wojcik will spend the next academic year as a Fulbright researcher at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway. Her project, “The Gokstad and Oseberg Burials in Digital Space,” will recreate artifacts from two Viking Age ship burials as they would have been used in the lives of their owners. The three-dimensional digital artifacts she creates will exist in a virtual reality game-like environment for visitors to explore.



Aimi Bouillon, Visual Arts IMDA MFA & Jeffrey Gangwisch, Visual Arts, IMDA MFA

Recipients of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life/Joy of Giving Something, Inc. $2,000 tuition award and $500 fellowship award to attend the 2017 Imagining America National Conference, October 12-14th, 2017 in Davis, California.


Jeffrey Gangwisch, Visual Arts

IMDA MFA IMDA MFA candidate Jeffrey L. Gangwisch recently completed 2017 Incubator Fellowship with the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media at Johns Hopkins.  His project POP-UP: an AR Platform for Democratized Public Art was chosen for inclusion in the incubator in May 2017. The incubator seeks to develop unique and groundbreaking works by connecting talented artists and entrepreneurs with industry leaders in film, media, technology, and business for knowledge sharing, meaningful exchanges, and relationship building.