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Research and Performance Opportunities

Researcher of the Week:
Emily Godfrey
Choreographing her Passions Through Dance
Emily Godfrey is a Dance major with a minor in Psychology, who will graduate in May, 2020. She is a URA Scholar and a Linehan Artist Scholar. She performed her piece, “stoP ActiNg hysterICal” at last year’s URCAD, and will present again this year.

Title of your research project: Contemporary Choreographic Perspectives

Describe your project: My project is to research performance and choreographic techniques from various contemporary/modern companies and utilizes that information to create my Senior Capstone Work, a twelve-minute dance performed by four dancers. Over the summer, I studied with the Paul Taylor Modern Dance Company (founded in 1954) and the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (founded in 1984). This winter, I will be studying abroad with Ann Sofie Clemmensen to Denmark to research international contemporary techniques. See the complete Undergraduate Research groups profile on Emily’s work.


In addition to the countless performance and exhibition opportunities available to all students in the arts, Linehan 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. In spring 2011 several Linehan Theatre Scholars performed at the Kennedy Center for the American College Theatre Festival, where UMBC won first place. 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.

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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 received this award. For further information contact Office of Undergraduate Research.