2019 Recipients

​Ágota Jakab-Ladó

​Ágota Jakab-Ladó

Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca / Szekler Museum of Ciuc, Romania

Ágota Jakab-Ladó is an art historian and museologist. She finished her BA in 2012 and MA in 2014, she has studied history, art history, and research of the cultural heritage at the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She has participated in several regional restoration camps organized by the Cultural Heritage without Borders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania. She has won research fellowships in Budapest, Vienna, and Krakow, and is currently a PhD student in history and works in the Szekler Museum of Ciuc in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania.

Carolin Südkamp

Carolin Südkamp

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Germany

Carolin Südkamp is a doctoral student in the department of communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is situated at the intersection of museum studies and organizational communication. She studies how museum professionals conceptualize their work amidst changing work conditions. Further, Carolin examines communicative practices and texts of museums, like exhibitions, websites, mission statements, and photographs. She seeks to understand how museums configure a particular visitor as well as how museums construct an organizational identity.

​Pınar Ceyhan

​Pınar Ceyhan

North Carolina State University, USA

Pınar Ceyhan is a multidisciplinary designer and design researcher. Her research focuses on designing interactions for behavior change, understanding audiences in digital and physical environments, and the role of experience on cognition and meaning-making. She has experience working as an interactive art director and designer in advertising and for non-profits, and teaching in higher education. Pınar received her PhD in design from North Carolina State University; EdM in instructional technology and media from Teachers College, Columbia University; and MFA in design and technology from Parsons School of Design, The New School.

Simge Erdogan

Simge Erdogan

Queen's University, Canada

Simge Erdogan is a curator PhD candidate and research fellow in the Department of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, Canada. She is a member of the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI). She obtained her BA degree in history from Bosphorus University and her MA degree in museum studies from University College London (UCL). She worked as a curator at Rahmi M. Koc Museum (Istanbul) where she was involved in a variety of museum refurbishment, extension, and exhibition projects. Her collaborative projects with the UCL Institute of Archaeology, Science Museum London and art50.net are a few examples of the work that she has been carrying out in the field of art and culture since 2011. Simge's current research encompasses cultural diplomacy, critical museology, and curatorial studies. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, it aims to bring to light the diplomatic power of museums and their contributions to intercultural exchange, knowledge, and understanding.

Jenean Marie Gilmer

Jenean Marie Gilmer

University of Minnesota, USA

Jenean Marie Gilmer is a graduate student in heritage studies and public history at the University of Minnesota and holds an undergraduate degree in cultural studies and comparative literature. She has worked with the Minnesota Historical Society as a historic interpreter and The Sioux Chef, a pre-colonial indigenous food company and non-profit, in disrupting dominant cultural narratives and working towards developing decolonizing practices. Her current work focuses on building collaborative, community engaged and accountable projects like exhibits, archives, tours, and more, that center underrepresented and disappeared narratives in building economic as well as cultural capital in under resourced communities.

Suramya Bansal

Suramya Bansal

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Suramya Bansal did his graduate studies in anthropology in India before starting with his archaeological research in South Africa. As a socio-cultural anthropologist, he explored the commodification of intangible and tangible culture through ethnoarchaeological perspectives in northern India. As a rock-art archaeologist, he is working at the intersection of anthropological theories, ethnographic literature, and rock art iconography to understand hand prints in southern Africa. At the same time, he enjoys engaging in applied anthropology and public archaeology to disseminate rock art and palaeoanthropological knowledge. He is pursuing a research masters program at the Rock Art Research Institute and Department of Archaeology based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Amy Van Allen

Amy Van Allen

University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Amy is a senior project manager for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, based in Washington, DC. She spent the first 12 years of her NMAI career working with Indigenous communities across the Western Hemisphere. Recent completed museum project work includes the bilingual South American-focused exhibition, The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, including a panel version traveling in South America. She is currently working on Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight, a traveling art exhibition of the dramatic glass sculptures of Tlingit artist Preston Singletary, and improving signage and visitor experience at the NMAI's two museum locations. As part of the wider Smithsonian community, Amy volunteers as a tour manager for Smithsonian Journeys, which has taken her to many extraordinary places, from Glacier Bay, Alaska to Japan and the Galápagos. Amy holds an MS in environmental science and an MA in international relations. Her PhD work is in geography focused on cultural heritage. She is also a certified marine naturalist for the Salish Sea and a citizen forester with Casey Trees.

Megan Todman

Megan Todman

Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Megan Todman is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University within the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Consortium. Megan obtained an MA (hons) in art history from The University of Glasgow and an MA in art museum and gallery studies from Newcastle University. Her current research explores issues of ‘race,’ representation, and inclusion in art museums and galleries in the UK. Whilst her work is interdisciplinary it is particularly informed by art history, cultural studies, feminist geographies, and critical museology. Alongside and around her studies she has worked on academic research projects as well as producing arts events and freelance curatorial projects.

In Their Words

I recieved interesting inputs on my presentation from the audience. It was also an excellent opportunity to interact with scholars and museum practitioners from around the world."

Kanika Singh, 2015 Awardee

Being a Graduate Scholar was a great opportunity to learn some dynamics on how to organize and chair an International Conference from the successful moments to the stressful ones and more."

Fabiana Heinrich, 2016 Awardee