Research and Performance Opportunities

In addition to the countless performance and exhibition opportunities available to all students in the arts, Linehan Artist Scholars frequently participate in faculty creative research. Several Dance Scholars perform with the Baltimore Dance Project, the resident contemporary dance company at UMBC. Music Scholars often perform with the UMBC Symphony, the Percussion Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble and Ruckus, UMBC’s professional ensemble dedicated to the performance contemporary music.

Linehan Theatre Scholars are often featured in leading roles in the Proscenium and Black Box Theatre productions. Linehan Theatre Scholars have performed at the Kennedy Center for the American College Theatre Festival. Linehan Visual Art Scholars gain valuable professional experience through internships at area design companies and at the UMBC Imaging Research Center (IRC), a state-of-the-art animation and computer visualization facility.

Linehan Summer Research and Study Award

The Linehan Summer Research and Study Award provides support to a select group of Scholars every summer to engage in extended and in-depth study with international scholars and professional artists. Specific activities researchers have participated in include: Dance: seven weeks of classes in technique and repertory at a professional studio, in New York City; Theatre: 12 weeks of design and costume building at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival; Music: violin study and performance at the Oberlin Summer Music Festival; Visual Arts: photography practice and fieldwork with a professional photo essayist in Mexico.

Meet Current and Former Summer Researchers and Awardees


Undergraduate Research Awards

These awards provide up to $1,500 to undergraduate students to support their research or creative work with a UMBC faculty mentor on an original project. Students of all years and disciplines are invited to apply. Many Linehan Artist Scholars apply and receive this award. For further information contact Office of Undergraduate Research.


URCAD XXV 2021 up to date information.
URCAD (Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day) PRESENTERS 2020

How to find & view URCAD presentations

  1. Go to the presenters page by clicking on their name below.
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  4. Click the play button from a student presentation.
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Octavia Ashton | Visual Arts
Two Passions In One     Mentor: Corrie Parks

Dylan Chao | Visual Arts
ASMRtist: Art in Relaxation     Mentor: Tim Nohe

 Courtney Culp | Visual Arts
A Mile in my Cleats    Mentor: Amy Oden

Gabrielle Franks | Music
Producing an Extended Play Compact Disc (EP) Release: A Multinational Collaboration    Mentor: Alan Wonneberger

 Emily Godfrey | Dance
“terminal”: Contemporary Choreographic Perspectives    Mentor: Carol Hess

Joshua Gray | Dance
The Guardians of these Truths    Mentor: Ann Sofie Clemmensen

Kyle Hartford | Visual Arts
The Last Roadshow     Mentor: Cathy Cook

 Christian Hartman | Music
Strings Attached: The Life of a Professional Orchestra Musician     Mentor: Gita Ladd

Jeremy Keaton | Music
A Force that Gives Us Meaning     Mentor: Linda Dusman

Olivia Mills | Visual Arts
Authorship and Animation     Mentor: Evan Tedlock

Paul Ocone | Interdisiplinary Studies/Theatre
On Thin Ice     Mentor: Donald Snyder

Samantha Papastephanou | Visual Arts
Goop!     Mentor: Corrie Parks

Bella Possidente | Visual Arts
Lighthouse     Mentor: Corrie Parks

Teresa Whittemore | Dance
Giving Skin     Mentor: Ann Clemmenson

 Michelle Ye | Dance
Mahal     Mentor: Ann Clemmenson