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The College of Arts and Humanities has been pairing UTAP students with professors since spring 2005. Here are recent project descriptions sorted by semester:


  • Kevin DiCola worked with Professor Kumiko Akikawa in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.  To give students practice in reading Japanese typescript, which is missing from their oral language focused textbook, Kevin developed a database driven website containing core conversations and drills in Engllish, romanized Japanese, and Japanese typescript.
  • Kara Phillips helped Professor Daune O'Brien in the Department of English make her materials and assignments more accessible to students.  Also, she created PowerPoint presentations to incorporate visual elements and hyperlinks into the material.
  • Laurel Beavan worked with Dr. Scott Wible from the Department of English.  She complied information about the Professional Writing minor and created instructional PowerPoiint presentations to facilitate student learning.  She also interviewed alumni, and she wrote and designed online profiles to inform current students about the minor and to attract prospective students into the minor.
  • Miranda Morris worked with Dr. Ryan Long in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to showcase his research on Swiss architect Hannes Meyer.  She built an Omeka website, enhanced and uploaded images of documents and photographs, and organized information into online collections and exhibitions.  Also, she created guidelines for Dr. Long, so he can continue to upload and share more of his research on the site.
  • Seung Min Lee worked with Megan Weng, Director of ARHU Web & Application Services.  He produced Drupal webforms, polls, and newsletters for ARHU faculty, including scholarship application forms and university senate election polls.
  • Varvara Vasilchenko worked with Dr. Tess Wood at the Language Science Center.  She developed an online application portal in Drupal for the Language Science Center website.  It will be used by students applying for and enrolling in the Guatemala Field Station Summer School.  Varvara also assisted in gathering language data to be used in the Language Science Center's interactive language map, Langscape. 


  • Ben Lostocco worked with Dr. Irina Muresanu in the School of Music.  He deciphered the text of a teacher-student geneology tree from the 1910s and built a website showing the lineage of violin pedagogy from the late 1600s to the 1900s.  He used a mind-mapping tool called Coggle to diagram the geneology before uploading it onto the website.
  • Bintu Traore worked with Dr. Jan Padios from the Department of American Studies to develop a course ELMS site and orient and assist the course TAs.  Additionally, she updated and created more engaging and interactive lecture slides and developed a professional website for Dr. Padios.
  • Courtney Cooper worked with Dr. Evelyn Canabal-Torres and Dr Roberta Lavine in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures to organize and redesign their ELMS spaces.  Part of her tasks included researching different open educational resources for undergraduate and graduate students and creating tutorials for the professors on how to create pages within ELMS.
  • Emily Tempchin worked with Dr. Peng Wang from the Department of Communication.  She gathered data within the General Assembly of the United Nations website to ultimately collect videos from the 64th session to the 71st session.  Additionally, she utilized the United Nations Official Document System to research and collect transcripts for each of the sessions and compile the information into a Google Drive folder. 
  • Megan Conley collaborated with Professor Aharona Rosenthal from the Hebrew Program to create a WordPress blog students use to showcase their experiences at UMD in Hebrew and faculty use to make annoucements about relevant area events.  Megan also assisted instructors and staff with ELMS, VoiceThread, CampusPack, and Drupal.
  • Musfika Hossain worked with Dr. Kim Coles from the Department of English on her Democracy: Then and Now website.  She updated the site, created surveys, organized audio files from students, made them accessible to the public, and archived them for future use. 


  • Anastasia Agapova worked with Dr. Nancy Raquel Mirabal of the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program to update the program's website content and visual aspects. She edited the website code to make the website more visually appealing and worked with Dr. Mirabal and USLT staff to add new information to it.  In spring 2017, Anastasia redesigned the Literary Maryland Online website for Dr. Randy Ontiveros from the Department of English.  She enhanced the website's public outreach component, making Maryland's rich literary history accessible to all.  She showcased students' work and improved the graphics and visual, organizational, and layout designs of the webite.
  • Jinwoo Park assisted faculty members throughout the College with managing ELMS course spaces, creating course content, digitizing audio and video from analog sources, and editing and compressing videos for various types of delivery and presentation.
  • Marshall Tyers worked with Professor Thomas Earles in the Department of English on making the online component of his blended English 101 class more engaging.  Marshall constructed a guided tour of the UMD Libraries website and the databases it offers.  Similarly, he created several educational videos to assist 101 students with their argumentative papers and to walk them through the writing process.  Also, he helped re-design several ELMS/Canvas course sites and created several websites for courses and programs.
  • Mary Garhart worked for Dr. Ida Meftahi in the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies with the Lalehzar Digital Project, a component of the Roshan Initiative for Digital Humanities.  She collaborated in creating the website that presented information about the project and showcased some of the media files that would be included in the archive.  She also helped in utilizing the Artstor Shared Shelf media management solution for the storing and archiving of media files which included videos, documents, and photography.
  • Yuehshan (Melissa) Huang worked with Dr. Lindsay Yotsukura in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.  She created a web application students use for vocabulary drills.  The application displays each vocabulary word in hiragana, katakana, kanji, romaji, and English.


  • Ariel Watkins worked with Dr. Andrew Schonebaum in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.  She transcribed a Classical Chinese textbook from Word into iBook format, adding supplemental interactive content to it, such as the ability to click on a character within the text in order to bring up a definition of the character.  Also, she created a Quizlet course site containing the key terms for each lesson, enabling students to test themselves on the vocabulary they learned in class.  
  • Cheryl Wang assisted Professor Wendy Jacobs in the Department of Art in transforming and organizing her ELMS course space to make the space more accessible for students.  Additionally, Cheryl collaborated with Professor Jacobs in examining different methods of transforming the traditional classroom "art critiques" and ways in which students can share artwork with their peers online.
  • Rebecca Kates worked with Professor Lyra Hilliard to create new videos for the blended learning sections of the Academic Writing Program.  They worked together to establish new concepts for each video, and Rebecca created the videos in Camtasia. 
  • Rivka Golding advised Dr. Charles Manekin in the Department of Philosophy on how to make his courses more engaging.  They incorporated more in-class and online discussion, redesigned the syllabi, restructured his ELMS spaces, and experimented with blog, wiki, and journal assignments.
  • Sarah Feeney worked with Dr. Andrea Frisch to create a better web presence for the Graduate School Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies.  She updated their website and a created a conference website with a "Give" button that directs people to their "Giving at Maryland" funding page.


  • Almendrita Vergara worked for Dr. Karen Nelson in the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies.  She created promotional material (audio clips and interactive games) for the Sound+ Conference.  She helped videotape the entire conference and edited the footage afterwards, and she recorded and edited all of the Writers Here and Now events for the semester.  Towards the end of the semester, she shot portraits of Ph.D. students as part of a larger effort to revitalize the Department of English's Graduate Studies webpage.
  • Alyssa Thompson worked with Dr. David Sicilia in the Department of History to digitize and edit movie clips for use in his lectures.
  • Cara Reilly assisted Dr. Theodore Leinwand from the Department of English in transferring his lecture material on the major plays of Shakespeare into engaging PowerPoint presentations.  She advised him in effective ways of presenting material to students in a lecture environment.  She worked with Dr. Leinwand in editing the Powerpoint presentations and guided him through making presentations of his own.  Additionally, she assisted him in organizing his ELMS course space.
  • Vanessa Abrahams assisted Dr. Linda Kauffman in the Department of English with navigating the ELMS course space, making the space more accessible to students.  Vanessa also created tutorials for Dr. Kauffman, helped with various professional development projects, and collaborated with Dr. Kauffman to design a WordPress blog showcasing Dr. Kauffman’s professional and academic interests.
  • Zoë DiGiorgio assisted Dr. Clare Parsons with integrating concepts of gamification and "flipping the classroom" into Dr. Parsons’s blended learning business writing class in the Professional Writing Program.  Zoë created videos in Camtasia to demonstrate library resources for the class, offered ELMS support to facilitate online communication for the class, and explored new methods of communication to enable Dr. Parsons to stay in touch with her students even though the classes only met once a week.


  • Dulce Hernandez advised many professors transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas.  She staffed workshops, created flyers and text and video documentation, assisted instructors with migrating materials into Canvas, and guided them through designing their Canvas course spaces and learning to use the various functionalities available in ELMS, the ELMS Management Tool, and the Campus Pack blogs and wikis.
  • Katrina Szabo supported Dr. Stefania Amodeo in building a public resource site on Canvas for beginning and intermediate students of Italian.  Katrina worked to develop a graduated program of new practice and review materials for Italian, while also converting Dr. Amodeo's current review material to digital formats for use on the site and designing the site's overall layout.
  • Lauren Emanuel assisted Dr. Linda Macri, Director of the Academic Writing Program, by improving and editing instructional videos for blended learning English 101 classes.  She utilized tools including Camtasia, iMovie, and Microsoft PowerPoint to create these videos and publish them on Dr. Macri’s YouTube channel.  Much of her work included making English 101 content more engaging for an online environment.
  • Nava Behnam Shabahang supported Professor Miriam Phillips from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies in designing and maintaining the course website on Canvas and organizing class content with TheBrain (mind mapping software) and Dipity (digital timelines).  Nava also digitized a series of VHS clips onto DVDs to be used for class lectures.
  • Sarah Persing worked with Professor Ruth Lozner in the Department of Art's Graphic Design Program to explore what the new Canvas learning management system can do for art classes.  She helped set up the Discussion area, where students posted weekly blog updates and 30 second commercials, and the Collaborations area, where students worked on group presentations.


  • Adam Jacobs collaborated with Brian Crawford, Digital Media IT Coordinator for the ARHU Academic Technology lab, to develop a Drupal site for “Postcards From My Country,” a poetry program involving students from Northwestern High School and the Jiménez Porter Writer’s House. He focused on the design aspect of the site: creating icons, images, and working on basic theming. He also collected and uploaded archival content from previous years of the program, and created a Facebook page for “Postcards.”
  • Julie France supported Dr. Avital Feuer from the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, who was preparing a book for publication.  Julie sought copyright permissions from various sources, edited chapters, located images, and worked with Adobe InDesign to devise possible page layouts.
  • Kristen Yeung created illustrations for Dr. Feuer's textbook.  She also worked with various professors in the Departments of Art, Dance, and History to develop their online course spaces in ELMS.
  • Marriam Shah worked with Dr. Lindley Darden from the Department of Philosophy to help her undergraduate class develop a virtual mind map that connected the theories of Charles Darwin with other works influenced by his research.  Marriam also helped manage Dr. Darden's ELMS space and assisted in developing coursework that utilized the CampusPack wiki in ELMS. 
  • Raishay Lin worked with internship coordinator Jennifer Dunsmore to develop videos showcasing student internship experiences.  She used tools such as Audacity, iMovie, and Windows MovieMaker to compile voiceovers, video clips, and photos into videos for the UMD Department of English YouTube channel.  Raishay also provided guidance to several students on how to create online portfolios.


  • Giovonni Furfaro worked with Dr. Thomas Zeller in the Department of History to locate and create images, video, graphs and maps about transportation in the United States and Europe.  Giovonni also organized the ELMS space and set up online wikis for students in Dr. Zeller's class.
  • Jessica Maa worked with Dr. Tanya Clement, Associate Director of the Digital Cultures and Creativity Honors program, to design and update a weekly newsletter that was distributed to students.  She also maintained the program's photo feed by editing and uploading event pictures, made updates to their website, and created their end-of-the-year slideshow.
  • Laura Williams worked with Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson of the Department of American Studies to develop a personal website and blog that showcased her students' final projects.  Laura also helped manage Dr. Williams-Forson's ELMS course space and merged video clips from different sources into one movie using iMovie.
  • Nicole Cho worked with several faculty members developing fully online courses.  She organized ELMS spaces, researched various tools they could use, and worked extensively comparing and contrasting different image galleries online, like Yutzu, Wordpress, and Mediawiki, among others.  She created accurate documentation and helped to host a workshop about Screenflow and Camtasia for Mac software.
  • Robert Lee Wolfe III helped Dr. Meina Liu from the Department of Communication digitize a series of films to be added to her ELMS website, which he helped construct.  He also helped put together documentation for teaching screencasting programs such as Camtasia and Screenflow, and he assisted in several screencasting workshops offered to faculty in the College of Arts and Humanities.  In addition, he put together documentation for students to use for such other programs as CampusPack Wiki and YouTube.
  • Teresa Rostkowski worked with Dr. Lillian Doherty in the Department of Classics to design twenty quizzes in Ancient Greek on ELMS and record five podcasts for students of GREK101 and 102 to practice Greek vocabulary and pronunciation.  She created copies of the quizzes in Respondus to make it easy to move the quizzes from one web-based learning system to another.  In addition, Teresa set up Wimba Classroom spaces, so Dr. Doherty could still have classes during a school cancellation due to weather, and she guided Dr. Doherty through the process of making podcasts and setting up Wimba Classrooms for her future use.
  • Victoria Baramki worked with Dr. Inas Hassan from the Department of Arabic Studies to gather multimedia resources and learning tools for students studying Arabic. She also translated and added English subtitles to previous student video assignments in Arabic. Then, she designed a website to make the information available to Arabic students of all levels at the University of Maryland.


  • Ilana Shrier worked with faculty member Dr. Avital Feuer from the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies to film a series of Hebrew language classes to demonstrate successful teaching techniques for new TAs. Ilana recorded each class, edited the footage using iMovie and then uploaded the resulting videos to the streaming media server in order to play them in an ELMS space which she also organized for Dr. Feuer.
  • Jamie Fernandez helped advertise and analyze the college's web presence during her apprenticeship with ARHU Director of Communications Nicky Everette. Jamie's accomplishments include creating and maintaining a College of Arts and Humanities fan page on Facebook, preparing monthly reports on web statistics from Google Analytics, and surveying departmental web sites to gain a better understanding of their communication needs.
  • Leigh Rollins helped Dr. June Hargrove and the Department of Art History and Archaeology develop and maintain Mediawiki spaces that served as class image galleries, where students could upload, arrange, share, and discuss their image selections.
  • Michael Dougherty digitized video clips of Japanese animated films for Dr. Lindsay Yotsukura in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and put them into her ELMS course via the streaming media server for her students to watch at their convenience. Michael also helped Dr. Yotsukura set up her ELMS space and scan materials for class.
  • Zahra Ashktorab worked with Dr. Madeleine Zilfi in the Department of History to locate images, audio, and video and create visual maps and charts representing information about Muslim populations in Europe. Zahra also digitized film clips, designed PowerPoint presentations, and managed Dr. Zilfi's ELMS site.

 FALL 2009

  • Gregory Ambrose worked with Latin American Studies Center director Dr. Karin Rosemblatt to make minor updates to the LASC site and design a new site for the Latin American History Graduate Program. Additionally, he converted many audio cassettes into mp3 files for Dr. Rosemblatt.
  • Julian Stamerro, apprenticed to Dr. Linda Macri of the Freshman Writing Program, helped to create a set of instructional resources for the numerous English 101 teaching assistants. He is now working with Dr. Macri to record a series of podcasts about the English 101 TA experience, including advice from former TAs of the course.
  • Lindsey Porambo worked with Dr. Sahar Khamis, who conducted a cross-cultural survey in her class. Using programs devised by the campus Mobility Initiative, Dr. Khamis’ students recorded their media usage habits via their mobile devices, and Lindsey organized the data in Excel. Dr. Khamis’ students were also communicating with Arab students online through the Soliya Connect program, for which Lindsey served as the primary US technical contact. She also helped Dr. Khamis post assignments, grades, and announcements to ELMS and produced a PowerPoint presentation Dr. Khamis delivered at an international conference.
  • Maura Donovan videotaped student confessions from Dr. Regina Harrison’s Honors 239Q course “True Confessions: Literature, Film, Television” and edited them into a class narrative using Final Cut Express.
  • Yashar Borhani helped Dr. Kristy Maddux coordinate resources for the 120 students in COMM 401. The students worked in small groups to create video presentations, incorporating clips of speeches into their rhetorical analyses. Yashar compiled a list of on-campus hardware and software resources available for student use, and he set up ELMS groups to facilitate online group interactions. He held office hours, so students could consult with him about the technical issues they encountered.