Siskey works an in­tern­ship

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St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land stu­dent Amanda Siskey, Class of 2019, re­cently par­tic­i­pated in a 10-week in­tern­ship at Univer­sity of Mary­land, Baltimore County’s Sum­mer Re­search Pro­gram in Baltimore at the In­ter­face be­tween Sci­ence and Art.

The pro­gram is meant for high per­form­ing sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents with a di­verse back­ground and strong in­ter­est in art con­ser­va­tion sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from St. Mary’s Col­lege.

“I worked in a stu­dent-led re­search team un­der Zeev Rosen­zweig and Dan Row­lands in the chem­istry depart­ment and part­nered with the Wal­ters Art Mu­seum in Baltimore. Along with con­duct­ing re­search in a lab­o­ra­tory set­ting, I also was given the op­por­tu­nity to get a ‘be­hind the scenes’ look at var­i­ous art mu­se­ums in the na­tion: Wal­ters Art Mu­seum, Win­terthur Mu­seum, Gar­den & Li­brary, and the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art, where I was able to tour the con­ser­va­tion labs and get a hands-on look at the var­i­ous ma­chin­ery con­ser­va­tion sci­en­tists use to an­a­lyze and pre­serve the works of art,” Siskey said in the re­lease.

“The spe­cific re­search I did in the pro­gram had to do with a prob­lem that con­ser­va­tion sci­en­tists deal with on a day-to-day ba­sis: re­mov­ing tar­nish from gilded sil­ver ob­jects with both mechanical (cos­metic sponges) and chem­i­cal (acid­i­fied thiourea so­lu­tion) meth­ods,” she said in the re­lease. “Through my in­tern­ship, I learned how closely re­lated con­ser­va­tion sci­ence was to an­a­lyt­i­cal chem­istry, which will be my main fo­cus when I ap­ply to grad­u­ate school.”

St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land, des­ig­nated the state’s honors col­lege in 1992, is lo­cated on the St. Mary’s River.

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