Honors grads win positions with Museum Science program

Posted September 19, 2012

Graduates Rebekah Childers ('11) and Amanda Arzigian Dietz ('12) are fulfilling their dreams of working with artifacts and history this fall through coveted assistantships in Baylor University’s Museum Science program.

The assistantships entail 15-20 hours of work a week and are supplemented by a stipend from The Texas Collection, along with full tuition remission through the Department of Museum Studies. The students will analyze, arrange and describe unprocessed manuscript collections, prepare finding aids and other research tools, and assist with research requests.

Both graduates completed their Honors Capstone projects with concentrations in historical studies. While at ACU, Childers traveled with her father Dr. Jeff Childers, the Carmichael-Walling Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity, to Egypt. As part of her capstone, Childers completed a research paper about the world’s holy places, including her experiences in Egypt.

Arzigian Dietz based her capstone on her internship with the Grace Museum in Abilene. The project compared collection policies at the Grace and the Special Collections at ACU's Brown Library.

“The assistantship is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a research library in a hands-on way while also studying the theory of archival management in the classroom,” says Arzigian Dietz. “My service-learning time in the ACU Special Collections as part of the Historical Methods class prepared me well for the work I am now doing.”

Childers and Arzigian Dietz will begin their course of study in Museum Science starting this fall.

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