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​Melissa Tedone (left), book and library conservator at Winterthur Museum, talks with Claire Martin, an art conservation and art history major, about materials from Carton Moore Park’s book “An Alphabet of Animals.” In addition to conservation efforts, Martin is doing research on the life and work of Moore Park for her senior thesis. UDaily article images by Michael Chajes and Evan Krape.

​From the UDaily article by Beth Miller:

If safety goggles and lab coats are all that pop into your mind when you hear the word "research," you really need to get to the University of Delaware's next Undergraduate Research and Service Scholars Celebratory Symposium.

The eighth annual event Thursday, Aug. 10, had record numbers of undergrads mixing it up on all four floors of the Patrick Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISE) Lab, talking about their projects -- everything from algae blooms to the Zika virus, from the solar wind to the surface of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, from the beliefs of a young man on Wilmington's West Side to molecular interactions related to Alzheimer's disease.

The work of almost 500 students from more than two dozen universities was represented in posters, oral presentations, displays, even in the dance of "Women of Consequence."

Getting into research and service as an undergraduate opens doors some students say they never considered before. . . .

Claire Martin, a rising UD senior from Buffalo, New York, said she was a bit nervous when she started work on irreplaceable materials at Winterthur Museum, such as the dust jacket from Carton Moore Park's An Alphabet of Animals. The book and related drawings are part of a collection recently donated to the University of Delaware Library by Victorian literature expert and UD Senior Research Fellow Mark Samuels Lasner.

"It's not often that undergrads have a chance like this," Martin said, "and I am thankful to Mark for that opportunity."

Martin, who has a double major in art conservation and art history, worked with her adviser Vicki Cassman, associate professor of art conservation, and was supervised by Melissa Tedone, book and library conservator at Winterthur Museum.

Such materials are not placed in anyone's hands recklessly, of course, but Tedone had met Martin during a book conservation course she taught at UD.

"I was very impressed by the students," she said. "They were energetic, engaged and their work ethic was amazing. I was so impressed with what they accomplished and that is where I met Claire. When I was asked if I would supervise her, I said, 'Of course.'"

In addition to stabilizing the dust jacket, which was deteriorating, Martin's project -- her senior thesis -- includes research into Moore Park's life and work.

"Claire Martin gave a wonderful presentation on her work, which is both a research project on a largely unknown (and somewhat mysterious) artist as well as a practicum in conservation work,” Samuels Lasner said. "Making the collection available to students is a major reason why it’s here at UD."

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The annual event had record numbers of presentations from students like Claire Martin, a rising UD senior who worked on Victorian items from the Winterthur Museum.

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