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2006 Barbara B. Brink Travel Award for Graduate Students


By Briana Van Havermaat, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
May 2, 2006

The Department of Art History recently announced the recipient of the 2006 Barbara B. Brink Travel Award for Graduate Students. Graduate student Diana Rose can look forward to visiting Mexico in an attempt to further her studies. This travel is necessary and conducive to her current research.

Rose’s research is titled “ Gender in Representations of the Maya Maize God.” She will be in Chiapas, Mexico for 5 weeks during the summer. Within this time she will visit 4 different Mayan communities in order to observe their traditions and learn about their gender roles. This information will support iconographical analyses of women representations associated with the Maya Maize God.

When asked about her reaction to receiving the award, Rose explained that she is absolutely thrilled. She believes it is a unique and valuable opportunity for students to travel and get first hand experience in their specific research topic. She also mentioned that without the award it would be difficult to obtain the information she needs for her research.

The Barbara B. Brink Travel Award grants $2000 annually to support travel to primary research locations, including museums, architectural sites, and archives. The grant is awarded to a University of California, Riverside graduate student in the History of Art who is currently working on his/her master’s thesis or special research project and will be enrolled in the subsequent academic year.


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