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Undergraduate Achievements & Prizes

2022 Undergraduate Student Showcase Prizes


On April 13, 2022, the Digital Studies Institute hosted their inaugural student showcase, AMPLIFY.  Students were invited to submit projects that had been developed over the course of the last year, through undergraduate digital studies courses, and the best were invited to participate in a multimedia showcase open to the public. Selected projects were notable in their meaningful engagement with the field of digital studies, their creativity, and the quality of their research.


Prizes were awarded to the following students: 


AMPLIFY Best in Show - Jules Garber for The Last Night at the Phoenix, an immersive virtual reality experience recreating the atmosphere of 20th century queer bars built to preserve the history of the experience for future generations. The project was developed in the course, “Introduction to Virtual Reality:" DIGITAL 394/FTVM 394.


Outstanding Podcast - Cherish Dean for (A)Typical Transfer. In this episode, Dean talks with three transfer students about their experiences, and their own, at the University of Michigan; including the time of COVID and what the “Michigan Difference” means to them. The project was developed in the course, “Art of Podcasting” DIGITAL 200/WRITING 200.

Outstanding VR/Video - Tiger Russell-Yeh for Melatosis, a 360 animated video and virtual reality experience described as “a Lynchian exploration of insomnia, dreams, and unsettling, bizarre visions.” The project was developed in the course, “Introduction to Virtual Reality:" DIGITAL 394/FTVM 394.

Outstanding Mixed Media - Carly Sahr, Tyler Firestone, and Lindsey Azu for Bumper Crops, a board game in which players collect seeds, plant gardens, and reap the harvest of tasty fruits and vegetables, with the tagline, “Make sure to rotate your fallow plot to keep your soil healthy!” The game was completed for the course, “Modern Board Game Design & Crowdfunding:" DIGITAL 355.

Honorable Mention - Tess Eschebach for Making Memories, a project developed in “Introduction to Virtual Reality:" DIGITAL 394/FTVM 394l

Honorable Mention - Kamryn Harty for How (Not) To Be Okay, an interview for the ongoing audio project/course, “Collecting Stories:" DIGITAL 201/WRITING 201. In this piece, Harty explores why people say they are feeling ‘good’ when they are not, using as an example their friend who is currently struggling with feeling unexpectedly alone and isolated in a college community far away from their home base.

Honorable Mention - Rhea Basarkar for #MeToo at Umich, a podcast developed in the course, “Art of Podcasting:" DIGITAL 200/WRITING 200. In this podcast, Basarkar interviews the leader of the #MeTooYoungLife movement, exploring how they and their peers are fighting against the systemic silencing of young voices by this international youth faith-based organization.