LSU Museum of Art Summer Project Program

All majors welcome!


The LSU Museum of Art, in collaboration with LSU Discover, welcomes LSU undergraduates to apply to work on a summer research project in their museum archives working with the sketchbooks of combat artist Edward Millman.


Project Description

LSU Museum of Art WWII Sketchbook Project

This project will use primary source research to document and develop interpretive history for artwork made by Edward Millman (1907–1964). The LSU Museum of Art owns a collection of wartime sketchbooks documenting the artist’s tour as a United States Navy combat artist in the Pacific theater during WWII from 1944–1945. The drawings relate scenes of combat, military life, and the surrounding civilian community. During the project, the student will digitally archive the sketchbooks, as they are fragile and in a state of deterioration, and research the activities and/or scenes related in at least fifteen of the works. The resulting findings will be combined with the digital imagery and presented as an online exhibition via the Museum’s website.

The student selected to work on the project will receive up to $3,000 in wages ($15/hour for 20 hours/week for 10 weeks) to work on the project during the Summer 2024 semester.  

Project supervisor: Museum Registrar Marianna Luquette

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Summer 2024 Recipient:

Name Major
Sydney Grafals Mass Communication, conc. in Public Relations


Important Dates

Application deadline: March 24th, 2024

Decisions announced: April 10th, 2024

Project dates: May 28th - August 2nd, 2024


Application information

Required Training & Workshops

All students who are accepted must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Attend the mandatory orientation on May 28th from 2:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Present the results of the summer project at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum at the end of the summer and at LSU Discover Day in the following spring.
  • Attend these mandatory trainings & workshops.
    1. Working with archival & museum materials
    2. Research Ethics
    3. Professional Relationships
    4. CV Writing
    5. Citation Management
    6. Presentation training

Leadership Team

Michelle Schulte, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, LSU Museum of Art

Marianna Luquette, Registrar, LSU Museum of Art

Sarah Ferstel, Associate Director, LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program