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GCA Scholarships Recipients: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design

 

2017 Laura Elizabeth Bell

Laura Elizabeth Bell is a master’s student in Archives and Records Management Specialization for the Master of Library Science Program at Indiana University Bloomington. Her interest in archives and digital preservation aligns well with her goals for the internship at the Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Gardens (AAG). As an intern in garden history and design, she will help increase accessibility of the AAG materials by processing archival collections and digitizing items, creating online search aids, cataloging, applying metadata to digital assets, and promoting collection materials on social media.



2016 Rachel Jacobson

Rachel Jacobson is a master’s student in the College of Humanities and Social Science program specializing in Public History at North Carolina State University. She has experience in cataloging records, processing collections, and digitizing images. As an intern for The Archives of American Gardens (AAG), her skills align perfectly with the collections management duties at AAG including cataloging and digitizing images from new acquisitions to the GCA Collection.



2016 Mark Ahrens

Mark Ahrens is a master’s student of Library and Information Science at State University of New York in Buffalo.  He is specializing in School Librarianship and Archives Studies. As an intern for The Archives of American Gardens (AAG), he will assist with promoting and increasing access to the AAG’s materials by helping to develop finding aids, digitizing documents, and assisting with social media initiatives. His undergraduate degree in writing will be helpful for AAG’s social media and outreach efforts. 



2015 Kathryn Schroeder

Kathryn Schroeder is nearing completion for a Master of Library Science degree with a specialization in Digital Content Management and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her past experience and skill set will align perfectly with the collections management duties at the Archives of American Gardens (AAG) including cataloging and digitizing images of new acquisitions to the GCA Collection.



2014 Jessica Lynn Brode

Jessica Lynn Brode is a student at George Washington University pursuing a Masters degree in Museum Studies with an emphasis on collections management. Her focus will be on databses and digitization of collections. 


2014 Catherine Grace Bell

Catherine Grace Bell is pursuing a Master of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research will help teachers and students see the relevance of archives and allow them to be more successful in their work. 


2013 Bellamy Wenum

School: University of South Carolina
Bellamy Wenum is in her second year in a Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of South Carolina. Bella has been a Digital Collections Assistant at the USC since 2008 and a writer/blogger for her local public library. Her chosen projects at the AAG include cataloging, creating finding aids for the “archivists’ toolkit,” blogging, social media and the social tagging initiative.


2013 Audrey Abrams

School: Simmons College, Boston
Audrey Abrams is a student at Simmons College, Boston, in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives management. She became interested in archival studies through internships at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Archive of the American Academy of Arts, where she worked with the More Product/Less Process (MPLP) technique to process 40 linear feet of documents and photographs of deceased members of the Academy. Audrey looks forward to working with uncommon materials like glass lantern and 35 mm slides that are part of the GCA collection.


2012 Jessica Leanna Dame

School: University of South Carolina
Is a Masters candidate at the University of South Carolina, in the School of Library and Information Science. As an undergraduate, Jessica worked as a horticulture technician and became familiar with a variety of plants. She also has experience with cataloging, writing, editing and processing newly acquired materials and scanning images, all skills needed to perform the collections management duties at the Archive of American Gardens (AAG) at the Smithsonian. She will digitize and catalog new acquisitions to the GCA Collection.


2012 Julie Hunter

Is a Masters candidate in Library Science and Information at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She worked in the Dauphin County Library System in Harrisburg, PA, where she gained valuable experience with cataloging and technical writing. Currently, she is working in media services at the Pratt Library. This experience, coupled with her love of gardens, will enable her to work with the new acquisitions to the GCA Collections at the Archive of American Gardens at the Smithsonian.


 

 

Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships, awarding more than $330,000 to 86 scholars in 2017.

For example, The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Pollinator Fellowship annually funds one or more graduate students at $4,000 for study and research that advances the knowledge of pollinator science and increases the number of scientists in the field. Read more about the four 2017 recipients, doctoral students Michelle L. Fearon, ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Michigan; Kelsey E. Fisher, entomology, Iowa State University; Jonathan Giacomini, zoology, North Carolina State University; and Rachael E. Bonoan, Tufts University.

GCA Scholarships are available in medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.