Chipstone-CDMC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium

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Virtual Event
@ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Second Annual Chipstone-CDMC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium
August 24, 2021. 10AM CT.

The Center for Design and Material Culture is pleased to host the second annual Chipstone-CDMC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium on Tuesday, August 24 at 10AM. This fellowship program, in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation, offers undergraduate UW-Madison students an opportunity to conduct research in one of the three pillars of the CDMC: textiles, material culture, and design thinking. The 2021 fellowship cohort includes four fellows each studying in one of those three pillars.


Woman stands outdoors leaning on a building with a small smile and her arms crossed. She wears a bright red jacket.
Photograph by Naomi Foster.

Eden Foster is studying Political Science, Philosophy, and International Studies with the College of Letters & Science while obtaining certificates in French, Global Health, and African Studies. Her research applies design thinking methods to the creation of resources to promote the eradication Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya. She is advised by Lesley Sager, Faculty Associate in Design Studies in the School of Human Ecology.


Headshot portrait of Sarah Olk who smiles in front of a beige wall with a blue shirt, long brown hair, and glasses.
Image courtesy of Sarah Olk.

Sarah Olk studies History and Art History in the College of Letters & Science. She is advised by Jill Casid, Professor of Visual Studies in the Departments of Art History and Gender & Women’s Studies, and Olk’s research examines the central importance of material culture and design to the pop music industry with a focus in the innovations of the synth-pop duo, Pet Shop Boys.


headshot photo of Abby Sharp smiling and standing in front of a garden. They wear a black shirt and silver nose ring and have short hair.
Image by Milly Timm.

Abby Sharp is pursuing a major in Textile Design in the School of Human Ecology as well as certificates in Material Culture and Gender & Women’s Studies in the College of Letters & Science. Their research is focused on gathering information on quilts in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, and they are advised by Design Studies Associate Professor, Sarah Anne Carter.


Headshot photo of Sienna Simmons standing outdoors in front of pine trees. She wears a pink dress and smiles at the camera over her shoulder with her blonde/brown hair worn down.
Image courtesy of Sienna Simmons.

Sienna Simmons‘ research explores interest in the development of a new Design Studies major through surveys and web development. Simmons is pursuing a degree in Interior Architecture with a certificate in Design Strategy in the School of Human Ecology and is advised by Design Studies Department Chair, Interior Architecture Program Coordinator, Associate Professor, and Faculty Director of Design Thinking,  Jung-hye Shin, and Professor Marina Moskowitz, Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design.


Each fellow will present their research and answer questions related to their work during this online event. The symposium is open to students, faculty, and the community thanks to co-sponsorship by the CDMC and the Chipstone Foundation.

Join us online on August 24, 2021 at 10AM as each fellow presents their research and answers questions related to their work. Registration for this event has expired.


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