Mentored Learning

Mentorship experiences provide in-depth learning in a museum context and, for many students, lead to a life-long professional and personal involvement with museums. The research they contribute, the services and programs they provide, and the inclusion of their vital perspectives contribute substantially to the quality of UMMA’s campus and community service as we mentor the professionals of tomorrow.

In Fiscal Year 2017, UMMA’s director and staff members provided mentored learning experiences for 69 University of Michigan students or recent graduates, and seven students from other institutions or early career professionals from other institutions, for a total of 76 people. 

Fourteen U-M graduate and eight undergraduate students from diverse schools and disciplines participated in extended mentored learning as fellows, research associates, interns, librarians, program assistants, and art-handlers in the Collections and Exhibitions, Communications, Curatorial and Education areas, including the fourth Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow.

Thirty two undergraduate students, who served on the UMMA Student Engagement Council, developing programs, outreach including social media and serving as UMMA Student Docents. All members received a strong introduction to museum work and careers through this service learning program in Education.

Two special projects funded by the U-M Third Century Fund and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences allowed UMMA to engage and mentor a total of 21 graduate students or post-degree young professionals and one undergraduate; U-M graduate students (14), and post-doctoral, post-BA or MFA/MS early career young professionals (7). 

Together, these projects provided substantive professional and pre-professional training while improving information for and access to the UMMA collections, as well as creating teaching resources for the UMMA Exchange

The UMMA Exhange: Student Research Teams

The UMMA Exchange, launched in May 2017, is a new online teaching and learning platform that will transform the use of UMMA’s online collection database. It will allow any user to create virtual exhibitions, lesson plans, or other products as well as being designed to support and extend formal, classroom-based learning.  

In order to execute such a large project, however, U-M graduate and undergraduate students have worked hard alongside UMMA staff (team members pictured below) to document, research, and photograph more than 5,000 collections objects. 

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