UCLA/Getty Conservation Program

A graduate conservation training program focusing on the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic materials


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Class of 2016 3rd year Internship & Thesis Presentations

It’s the end of the quarter and today, the class of 2016 returns to our conservation training labs at the Getty Villa to give their final presentations as graduate students in our program.  They will be presenting on their 3rd year internships, as well as discussing the work they did for their MA thesis projects.  The day will end with a  small reception to celebrate the completion of their conservation degree and graduation!

A list of their 3rd year internship placements can be found on this previous post.   Here is a list of the M.A. thesis research they will also be sharing with us:

  • Colette Badmagharian – Piecing together the History of an 18th-century printed Armenian Prayer Scroll: The Study of Cultural Context and Manufacturing Techniques
  • Betsy Burr – Dye analysis of archaeological Peruvian textiles using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)
  • Lesley Day – A Study of the Moiré Pattern of Tortoiseshell: Morphology of the Pattern, Techniques for Documentation, and Alterations of the Pattern and Shell by Accelerated Light Aging 
  • Tom McClintock – Documentation and Technical Study of Torqua  Cave
  • William Shelley – Biocorrosion of Archaeological Glass
  • Heather White – An Analysis of Unidentified Dark Materials Between Inlaid Motifs on Andean Wooden Qeros

Congratulations to the class of 2016 and good luck on your presentations today!

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Class of 2014 internship and thesis presentations

The quarter ends next week and that means our 3rd year students are back to give their final presentations before graduation.  Today they’ll be presenting on the work they did during their 3rd year internships as well as on their MA thesis projects (listed below).  Afterwards, it’s time to celebrate their graduation!  We’re very proud of the class of 2014 and wish them the best as they start their careers as conservators!

  • Brittany Dolph-“Experimentation with and evaluation of ethyl silicate-based group formulations for potential application to weather and/or porous silicaceous stones”
  • Ayesha Fuentes-“Technical examination of ritual bone ornament ensemble from Himalayan Region with notes on treatment and handling”
  • Geneva Griswold-“Treatment of a Tuscarora headdress:  Consultation and material selection”
  • Caitlin Mahony-“Examining two novel consolidants for the treatment of powdering leather suffering from the acidic deterioration commonly referred to as ‘red rot'”
  • Casey Mallinckrodt-“The technical analysis of an ancient Egyptian/Ptolemaic sarcophagus lid from the collection of the San Diego Museum of Man”
  • Madeleine Neiman-“The alteration of cinnabar in archaeological Roman wall paintings”
  • Alexis North-“Biomimetic hydroxyapatite as a new inorganic consolidant for archaeological bone”
  • Carinne Tzadik-“Conservation, analysis and treatment of Jaina figurines”
Class of 2014 on the day of their final presentations posing in front of a photo taken of them when they started the program back in 2011.

Class of 2014 on the day of their final presentations posing in front of a photo taken of them when they started the program back in 2011.


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Class of 2012 return to L.A. for their final year presentations

Tomorrow, the class of 2012 return to our conservation training labs at the Getty Villa to give their final year presentations in a day long event that ends with a small reception to celebrate the completion of their conservation degree. They will be presenting on their M.A. thesis projects as well as on their 3rd year internships. Here’s a list of their M.A. thesis topics they will be sharing with us tomorrow:

  • Tessa de Alarcon-“Evaluation of Two Fluorescent Dyes used in Immunofluorescent Microscopy for the Detection of Proteinaceous Binding Media In Wall Paintings”
  • Lily Doan-“From Ethnographic to Contemporary: How an Artist Interview may Direct the Study and Conservation Treatment of a Balinese Cili Figure”
  • Elizabeth Drolet-“Characterization of the Deterioration of Low-Fired Ceramics in Varying Burial Environments”
  • Nicole Ledoux-“An Investigation of Loss Compensation Materials for the Conservatation of Coiled Basketry”
  • Dawn Lohnas-“Evaluating the effectiveness of calcium hydroxide nanoparticle dispersions for the consolidation of painted
    Earthen Architectural Surfaces”
  • Robin Ohern-“On the Surface: A Cultural and Scientific Analyisis of Two Western African Komo Masks’ Surfaces”
  • Cindy Lee Scott-“An Investigation into the Chemistry and Removal of Unrefined Shellac from Ceramics Substrates via Hydrolysis”

Congratulations to our 3rd years on finishing their degree and good luck on their presentations!