Caitlin Clay’s chief goal in attending the University of Texas at Tyler’s Undergraduate Art History Symposium (April 16, 2016) was to deliver her paper on artist Roy Lichtenstein. But what she really gained was confidence in her presentation skills and her ability to network with other art history professionals. “The symposium was such a great learning experience for me,” she said. “Speaking to a large group as an undergraduate and learning how to prepare for small things like how to wear a mic will help me a lot in in graduate school.” Clay received a UD Experience Award to offset the cost of attending the symposium.
Clay said that the laid-back atmosphere of the symposium encouraged networking among the participants. “Because I received the UDE Award, I was able to spend the night before the conference networking with other speakers and meeting art history students from other schools,” she said. One fellow participant later emailed Clay articles to help with her thesis. She also met a student from TCU where she will be attending graduate school in the fall. “It was a great opportunity to meet art historians from other universities—peers in my field,” she said. She has been accepted into TCU’s Master of Arts program in Art History and was granted a full tuition waiver.
The UD Experience (UDE) awards encourage students to engage in activities in which they will present themselves professionally in pursuit of their vocational goals. Speak with your advisor and consult the UD website (http://udallas.edu/qep/ude/) for specific details about the application process.