Andalib Receives 2016 Humanities Prize at Stanford Conference

Work by Laureen Andalib

Laureen Andalib (B.F.A./B.S. '17), The Intrinsic Code of Language: Silk Road Portraits.

News
April 27, 2016

Dual-degree candidate Laureen Andalib (B.F.A./B.S. '17) was awarded the 2016 National Humanities Prize at the Stanford University Research Conference this spring for her long-term project and thesis, "The Intrinsic Code of Language." Her project is a culmination of interdisciplinary research into theories of language, culture, and socio-politically constructed identities.

"Winning this prize is invigorating and an honor," says Andalib. "I believe it shows that art as research is becoming more and more tangible, and recognized at a broader and more powerful academic level for universities — especially at prestigious institutions that pride themselves on traditional research. I came back from the conference with the same mission I was taught by other, equally passionate attendees who look for relationships between research and art."

Additionally, Andalib is the Cornell Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar for the Department of Art. With the support she has received, along with her personal dedication to research, Andalib has been able to continually expand her creative work.

When Andalib returns to AAP in the fall for her final year, she hopes to initiate programming to support other art students who seek research opportunities. She notes, "The process of applying to and participating in grant and research fellowship programs has really revolutionized my growth here as not only a research student, but also as an emerging artist. I'd like to thank AAP; my mentor, Renate Ferro, visiting associate professor in the Department of Art; Kristin Ramsay, director of the Cornell Rawlings Presidential Research Scholars Program; and my family and community for their continued support."

By Edith Fikes