Coral is a first year student in the Museum Studies program, with a concentration in Communications. She received her BA in English Literature at Florida State University and minored in History and Museum Studies. She has previously interned in Marketing and Development at the Benjamin Franklin House in London, England and at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando, Florida. She worked as a Marketing Associate while at Skeletons: Museum of Osteology and planned the succesful event Sketching with Skeletons. She is fascinated with the STEAM movement and enjoys thinking of new ways to mesh the arts and sciences. Coral enjoys traveling to new cities, doing outdoor activities, and going to concerts.
Summer is a second-year museum studies student with a focus in history. She is interested in ways to accessibly implement academic history concepts into public history spaces. By discussing how history is written and rewritten by historians, Summer hopes to increase museum transparency and complicate the singular, authoritative museum voice prevailing in many history museums. While studying history and art history at Florida State University, Summer gained museum experience through interning at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, and online exhibition experience through curating an exhibit for the FSU Card Archive. She most recently completed a public history internship at Mission San Luis.
Stephen is a current manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History. He wanted to expand his skill set and knowledge base through the Museum Studies program to become a more valuable museum asset. Stephen would love to become an exhibit developer, focusing on natural resource conservation, climate change, and human impact upon the environment. He believes that the world is a beautiful place, and often, we lose sight of its beauty during the stresses and commitments of our daily lives. Stephen hopes to develop exhibitions that will inspire people to reconnect and develop a deep appreciation and sense of wonder for our natural world. He believes museums have the power to move people and call them to action to help create a better world. In his current role at the museum, he works closely with the Education, Public Programming, and Exhibit Development departments, and hopes to expand and share his ideas and passions with his colleagues over the coming years.
Chandler graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in history and minor in business administration. She has always had an interest in history and the arts, but it wasn’t until college that she became active in museums through internships. Her experience with the Norton Museum of Art inspired her passion of making museums a place where people feel welcomed. She became a communications intern at the Norton Museum of Art which sparked her interest in the business side of arts organizations. Chandler later volunteered at a gallery that served underprivileged children through the arts and served twice as a development intern at the Harn Museum of Art. Interning at the Harn showed her the positive impact a career in fundraising can have on the community and helped her declare a concentration to focus on for graduate school.
Brie holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida. She is fascinated with the emotions that collections objects on display elicit. Brie’s first collections internship at the South Florida Museum allowed her to identify that her career goals lie in collections management. She is interested in learning how museums can best manage sudden and large collections of objects in a field that is usually better equipped to process slowly growing collections. She most recently interned at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, developing accession procedures for the center’s natural history collection. Brie looks forward to the curriculum offered by this program providing an academic foundation to her work in collections management.
Georgia received her BA in Anthropology at the University of Florida, minoring in Art History and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She is interested in collections management and exhibit design. She has experience interning at the Harn Museum of Art in the African curatorial department. For the last year she has been volunteering at the Florida Museum of Natural History in the Vertebrate Paleontology Prep Lab. She has a background in archaeology and has been working with UF's Historical Archaeology department both in the lab and the field since high school. She believes that museums should constantly try to adapt and reinvent ways of presenting information through their collections and exhibits. Relating to and reaching a wide audience on both a personal and academic level keeps museums relevant and influential. She is interested in exploring how science and art can be utilized to apply more immersive approaches to exhibits and collections that will positively impact audience engagement.
Marygrace is a graduate of Boston University, earning degrees in History and International Relations. She has always been interested in how the events of history are perceived and portrayed by different communities. Marygrace has always been drawn to museums. She is continually inspired by the stories, artifacts, and personal narratives not often discussed in classrooms. She believes that museums humanize history, and by doing so they are able to engage the community and inspire people to reach across social, ethnic, and economic boundaries. This is what drove her to pursue a degree in Museum Studies. She most recently interned at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin working in the Archives department. As a native North Easterner, she is excited to live and learn in a part of the country that is so different from what she is familiar with.