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Arts/Lab Student Residency Program

A program of ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan

Arts/Lab Student Residencies are designed to be unique and fun, while encouraging interdisciplinary learning and creative production by exposing students to life and work in an alternate discipline's maker space - i.e. the artist in the engineering lab, the engineer in the artist's studio or performance space.

Each residency comes with a cash prize and the expectation that a work of some kind will be produced as a response to experience.

Announcing the inaugural Moldwin Prize

The Moldwin Prize is designed for an undergraduate student currently enrolled in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning or the School of Music, Theatre and Dance who is interested in exchange and collaboration with students engaged in research practice in an engineering lab. No previous science or engineering experience is required, although curiosity and a willingness to explore are essential!

Students receiving the residency will spend 20 hours over 8 weeks (February-April) participating with the undergraduate research team in the lab of Professor Mark Moldwin, which is currently doing work in the areas of space weather (how the Sun influences the space environment of Earth and society) and magnetic sensor development. The resident student artist will gain a greater understanding of research methodologies in the space and climate fields, data visualization and communication techniques, and how the collision of disciplinary knowledge in the arts, engineering and sciences deepens the creative practice and production of each discipline.

The student is expected to produce a final work of some kind within their discipline that reflects, builds on, explores, integrates or traces their experience in the residency.

The successful applicant will receive $1000 in support of their time, materials and creative work ($125 per week over the first 6 weeks of the residency with the last two payments made at the completion of the final project).

Apply for the Moldwin Prize here.

Mark Moldwin is a Professor of Space Sciences and Engineering and Applied Physics within the University of Michigan's Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering within the College of Engineering and affiliated with the Space Physics Research Laboratory and the Robotics Institute. Read more at:

Created in 2006, ArtsEngine is an interdisciplinary arts integration initiative of the four U-M North Campus schools and colleges - The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and the College of Engineering.

ArtsEngine's mission is to foster and champion the collaborative creative production of students and faculty through making, instruction, research, community and the arts at the University of Michigan.

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