Carnegie Mellon University

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Academics + Arts

Capstone Project

All BXA seniors complete a year-long, research-intensive Capstone Project. Capstones range from papers, performances and games to apps, installations, business plans and beyond. The goal of the Capstone is to show how a student has woven together the interdisciplinary elements of their coursework into an integrated project. In addition, the Capstone project provides a concrete representation of the interdisciplinary work the student has done. BXA students present their Capstones at the annual Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Symposium held each May.

Gillian Bartholomew
BSA 2022, Physics and Music Performance
Catharsis: A Senior Recital

This recital encapsulates four years of hard work, in spite of mental and physical hardship. While the performance itself may be ephemeral, the emotional release and dispersion, and subsequent memory, lends music its permanence.

Rouan Chen
BHA 2022, Global Systems & Management and Art with a minor in Business Administration
RECOLLECTION

This project is a series of sculptural works reflecting upon personal experience as a consumer and existing problems within the market by exploring relationships and interactions between consumers and commodities.

James Crews
BS 2022, Chemical Engineering with an additional major in Engineering and Music
Quantifying Methane Emissions from Landfills

This project is focused on using publicly available satellite data and imagery to determine methane emission rates from landfills.

Olivia Cunnally
BHA 2022, Film & Visual Media and Art with a minor in Game Design
The Unfinished Business of Marty Melnick

The Unfinished Business of Marty Melnick is a prototype for an interactive, point-and-click 15-minute children’s TV pilot that centers on mature morals and LGBTQ representation.

Nikolas Diamant
BCSA 2022, Computer Science and Art
Wizards

A solo gallery show of sculptures, paintings and interactive digital work at The Frame Gallery.

Evelyn DiSalvo
BHA 2022, Ethics, History, & Public Policy and Design
Mapping Cultural Regeneration: Museums, Public Space and Community in Barcelona

Urban renewal is a constant and controversial factor in the design of our cities. Cultural regeneration initiatives such as the construction of museums and arts programming offer new and less violent methods of revitalization. This project visualizes the impact of cultural regeneration in Barcelona and offers suggestions for a more equitable implementation of urban redevelopment.

Alexander Kampas
BCSA 2022, Computer Science and Music Performance
Autobach

Music composition has long been considered a purely artistic act. Autobach ventures to explore how music can be written algorithmically with the use of computers, independent of humans.

Lily Kincannon
BHA 2022, Social & Political History and Drama with a minor in Gender Studies
Indigenous Americans, Disease and the U.S. Federal Government

A historical research paper attempting to understand the experiences and relationship of certain Indigenous American communities with the U.S. Federal Government, health and disease.

Eileen Lee
BHA 2021, Psychology and Art with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction
Grow a Garden: An Exhibition about Plants and Nature

Grow a Garden is an interdisciplinary exhibition about plants and nature. The exhibition contemplates our unique pasts and perspectives in the care and coexistence of plants, to re-imagine a future with a celebration of nature.

Sanna Legan
BHA 2022, Global Systems & Management and Art with a minor in Gender Studies
The Venus Project: Reclaiming and Redefining the Epitome of Beauty

The Venus Project is a series of large-scale collages that recreate iconic paintings of the goddesses of beauty. Through the combination of reclaiming classical male-gaze interpretations of goddesses, a community coming together to embrace their naked bodies, and mundane everyday activities, this art project has the potential to begin a vital conversation on what it means to be beautiful.

Cindy Liu
BHA 2022, Decision Science and Art with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction
MoodCup

MoodCup is a drinking cup that live-monitors and visualizes users’ emotions. When encountering a negative emotion, users can choose to “dissolve” it in the cup and thus receive emotional relief.

Zofia Majewski
BHA 2022, Politics & Public Policy and Music Performance
Transgenerational Trauma in Polish Classical Music

This capstone is a recording of an opera aria that shows transgenerational trauma in the Polish community through an auditory lens. Its larger effort is to highlight those themes in polish folk stories, the one in particular being told in Moniuszco’s “Halka,” a Polish Opera written in the mid-1800s.

Shambhavi Mishra
BHA 2022, Humanities Analytics and Music Composition with a minor in Sonic Arts
Beautiful Utopias: A Visual Album

Beautiful Utopias: A Visual Album analyzes social and cultural biases of Western beauty trends influenced by social media and on-screen entertainment. This visual album features a diverse group of musicians expressing their unique relationship with beauty.

Thomas Moore
BSA 2022, Mathematical Sciences and Art
MEMESTRANSPRO

The artist’s investigation of surveillance, memes and the psychology of the networked user through studio artworks, archival and critical inquiry, and automated digital interventions.

Perry Naseck
BESA 2022, Engineering Studies and Art
Hidden Touch: Open Source Sensors for New Interaction

This project develops and tests inexpensive capacitive touch sensors for artists and makers. These are physical computing circuit boards that may be completely embedded and hidden in objects to create new and discoverable forms of interaction. They detect human presence, touch and proximity in localized areas, around sculptures and installations.

Liam O’Connell
BHA 2022, Social & Political History and Architecture
Intersections

This project documents the experience of navigating Pittsburgh as a pedestrian, and the ramifications of policy choices that have, over decades, deprioritized and pushed to the sidelines those getting around without a car.

Sophia Paul
BS 2022, Materials Science and Engineering with an additional major in Engineering and Art and a minor in Soft Technologies
Origarments: 3D Printed Pop-up Textiles in Modular Fashion

Origarments are interlocking 3D printed tiles that can be arranged into environment-responsive garments.

Claire Peck
BESA 2022, Engineering Studies and Music Technology
Songs for Spirits: Creating Soundtracks for Interactive Media

The project investigates the processes and challenges involved with scoring a piece of media.

Cleo Perez
BCSA 2022, Computer Science and Drama
Canopy: Safe Spaces in Queer Party Production

This project explores design and production considerations in queer party planning in order to ensure the emotional and physical safety of its audience. Through a survey of current research, interviews with industry professionals and a few small parties, this project invites venues and planners to consider safer space policies.

Sanjay Salem
BCSA 2022, Computer Science and Art with a minor in Animation and Special Effects and a minor in Game Design
Heart In the Code

A visual novel, choose-your-own-adventure-style game centered around personifications of courses and well-known assignments from CMU, with a dating simulation element.

Miles Scharff
BHA 2017, Ethics, History & Public Policy and Art with a minor in Architecture
Spatial Audio Installation Through Wave Field Synthesis

An originally designed and constructed wave field synthesis system, which allows for the fluid reconstruction and placement of spatial sound sources. This system is meant for site-specific audio installations and will be installed in Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for their summer show on Impressionism.

Annalyn Smith
BHA 2022, Social & Political History and Art with a minor in Anthropology
Walnuts, Rings and Bears: Oh My! Variations of “Allerleirauh”

This project explores through illustration the iterations and variations of the fairy tale “Allerleirauh,” or “All-Kinds-of-Fur.” Illustrations for different versions and tellings encourage the viewer to consider the content and tonal shifts between versions.

Katherine Stargiotti
BHA 2022, Decision Science and Music Technology
Love Songs

This capstone project is an EP of music that explores love from two different perspectives. The tracks are written, recorded and engineered entirely by student musicians.

Emily Stark
BHA 2022, Professional Writing and Drama
Are We in Balance?

A creative nonfiction essay on the School of Drama student experience and how students balance their personal lives, workload and goals…or don’t.

Song Tang
BHA 2022, Decision Science and Art with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction and a minor in Media Design
Trace

Trace is an interactive installation examining the relationship between people’s movement and their surrounding environment while walking.

Justin Villalon
BESA 2022, Engineering Studies and Art
Flesh to Earth

Flesh to Earth is a reflection upon notions of home and rebirth. This sculpture is carefully cultivated, embedding archival photographs, domestic artifacts and performance documentation in raw material as a means of complicating their physicality and the narratives they construct.

Calvin Wamser
BHA 2022, Global Studies and Music Composition with a minor in Conducting and a minor in Gender Studies
Decameron: Operatic Selections

A concert-style reading of selections of an original opera based on the 1353 novel “The Decameron” by Giovanni Boccaccio. The story follows ten young people as they quarantine together in the outskirts of Florence for ten days, telling stories and singing songs to pass the time and to hold onto a sense of community.

Winfred Wang
BCSA 2022, Computer Science and Music Performance
Music In My Soul

A collection of projects created in an effort to reconnect with his passion for piano performance and the people in the music community. It contains music as well as interdisciplinary projects including a piano recital, generating music based off of personal Spotify playlists and a music education application.

Lena Banchero
BHA 2021, Global Studies and Drama with a minor in Art
In My Dreams

In My Dreams is a livestreamed theater piece in which Lena Banchero designed the set and worked with the creative team to devise the material.

Anna Sophia Boyd
BHA 2021, German Studies and Music Performance
Translating Belonging: German-Jewish Poetry in Classical Art Song

This capstone consists of an online performance, analysis and program notes that examines the works of two German-Jewish poets and their interpretation in classical art song.

Christian Broms
BHA 2021, Cognitive Science and Art with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction
Pith

Pith is a branching discussion system that builds on an electronic direct democracy and aims to provide a way for many people to have a conversation, make decisions, explore a topic space and summarize their progress.

Maggie Caballero
BHA 2021, Economics and Music Performance with a minor in Business Administration
Forecasting the Future of the Arts

This project is a projection of the future financial growth of the arts industry by observing both microeconomic and macroeconomic data about the sector.

Sebastian Carpenter
BCSA 2021, Computer Science and Design
Zobits

Zobits is a creative toy that simulates biomes. Players can select four from a set of sixteen organisms to assemble onto a pad and watch their chosen ecosystem develop over the course of a week.

Haine Cho
BCSA 2020, Computer Science and Art
Procedural Symmetry

In general, repetitive behaviors and rituals can be very effective in increasing focus and reducing stress. This project aims to explore symmetry and repetition as a source of therapy.

Emma Cordray
BHA 2021, Hispanic Studies and Drama
Esperanza Rising: The Musical

Esperanza Rising: The Musical is a bilingual Mexican musical adapted from Pam Muñoz Ryan's iconic novel by Jimena Caballero and Emma Cordray.

Oscar Dadfar
BCSA 2020, Computer Science and Art with a minor in Computer Graphics, a minor in Machine Learning and a minor in Physics
3A2A: 3D-Assisted 2D Animation

Researching a 2D hand-drawn animation pipeline that allows anyone, regardless of drawing ability, to create hand-drawn animations. Stick figure drawings from the user are parsed and used to animate a 3D model backend that is cel-shaded to produce 2D reference images for hand-drawn animation.

Yumeng Du
BCSA 2021, Computer Science and Art
Lumiland

This capstone is a 3D block-pushing puzzle game about light and shadow. It was released on Steam in February 2021.

Kaitlyn Fong
BSA 2021, Physics and Art
Breathing Space

This capstone is the video documentation of a kinetic installation involving four blooming paper cut stories. As we live in a virtual space this piece acknowledges the act of living within a COVID context from 2020 to 2021.

Milana Heifetz
BHA 2021, Global Systems & Management and Music Performance
Music in the German Language

This capstone examines how the German language and culture affect the music that was written by German-speaking composers. How do those composers create their own language by utilizing elements of the German language and culture?

Fengyi Hu
BHA 2021, Japanese Studies and Art
Yamanote Line Walking

By walking along the most essential train line in Tokyo, this photography project explores the history and urban culture of Japan.

Aerin Kim
BHA 2021, Decision Science and Musicology with a minor in Business Administration
Wellness at CMU

The project focuses on studying general wellness of CMU students based on varying levels of sleep, stress, happiness and social activities.

Catherine Kim
BSA 2021, Physics and Art
Diary's Arrow

Diary's Arrow is a mixture of a scavenger hunt and escape room throughout the CMU campus. It is a celebration of the past, remedy of the present and start for the future.

Kate Ko
BHA 2020, Decision Science and Art with a minor in Media Design and a minor in Neural Computation
Metacognition of Photography

Metacognition of Photography investigates the extent to which humans were aware of whether the individual camera functions were contributing, thereby measuring the difference between the actual and the human expectation of the contribution.

Rosa Kurtz
BSA 2021, Physics and Art
Red Wolf Hunter

This capstone is an animation pipeline project exploring the process of 3D animation. Rosa Kurtz developed characters, scenery and assets along with a Little Red Riding Hood inspired narrative through the design, development, rigging and modeling stages and partially through the animation stage.

Alyssa Lee
BCSA 2021, Computer Science and Art with a minor in Animation and Special Effects
Zobits

Zobits is a generative building toy that translates tangible interactions to virtual outcomes. By mixing and matching figurines on a play pad, players can see how their creative choices affect an ecosystem that exists on their mobile device.

Erin Lim
BHA 2021, Global Systems & Management and Music Performance with a minor in Business Administration
Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes is a collection of photographs and interviews exploring cross-cultural living and identities of Japanese/Japanese-American students living in the United States.

Liz Maday
BHA 2021, Decision Science and Music Performance
Guyliner: The Transgressive Masculinity of My Chemical Romance vs. Music Critics in the 2000s

My Chemical Romance, a rock band known for popularizing emo music in the early 2000s, constantly played with gender and sexuality in their music, performance and image. This project explores the ways in which MCR challenged mainstream masculinity, and how critical responses to the band reflected heteronormative culture.

Adrian Mester
BCSA 2021, Computer Science and Music Technology
ConcealMent

This project explores the sociological influences of gun carrying through a narrative story game. The game follows the story of a father and his family as he acquires and carries a firearm.

Ian Moore
BSA 2021, Mathematical Sciences and Art
Mohrs Sphinx Project

This project is a proof of concept for an art-based role-playing game designed to foster storytelling and personal artistic growth within a community.

Jacob Paul
BHA 2021, Professional Writing and Design with a minor in Creative Writing and a minor in Photography
We Can't Hide the Way it Makes Us Glow

This portraiture project works to develop a sense of belonging that is deeply rooted in Pittsburgh. It observes how people relate to spaces and pays attention to how notions of masculinity are at play in this city.

Rebecca Polanzke
BHA 2021, Global Studies and Art
The Post-BFA Climb

This project assesses the three main challenges BFA students face when becoming a working artist post-graduation. These include skills that are typically gained through experiences outside of an academic environment.

Rani Randell
BHA 2021, Decision Science and Art
Stop-Motion Medicine

This project is a stop-motion animation that explains medical phenomena in an artistic way.

Laura Riviere
BHA 2021, Social & Political History and Drama
Esperanza Rising: The Musical

Esperanza Rising: The Musical is a bilingual Mexican musical adapted from Pam Muñoz Ryan's novel. The costume design in this project seeks to shed light on the harm of stereotypes and seeks to celebrate Mexican culture.

Max Robbins
BHA 2021, Psychology and Music Performance
The Interactions of Harmony

This project studies jazz arranging, writing jazz arrangements for an assortment of standards and recording the arrangements with a mixture of professionals and CMU peers.

Sommer Schneller
BHA 2021, Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Architecture
Eco Grinds

Eco Grinds is a novel repurposing of spent coffee grounds to produce eco-conscious products, such as fire starters and body scrubs.

Shaelin Spahle
BHA 2021, Ethics, History, & Public Policy and Architecture
From Cockpits to Congregationals: The History of the American Home Kitchen through the First Half of the 20th Century

This capstone explores how the American home kitchen evolved from a hostile workspace into the most welcoming room in the house. It investigates a large gap in the recorded and preserved history of the black American domestic narrative that is almost entirely missing from history books.

Anna Telmer
BHA 2021, Anthropology and Art
Weaving Through Place

This piece visually encourages viewers to question their judgements of non-traditional methods of traditional practices, especially when it comes to weaving. The installation challenges typical associations between different materials and their relationship to gender and space.

Jessa Westheimer
BSA 2021, Neurobiology and Art
Moments: An Exploration of the Grieving Process

This project explores my personal grieving process after the loss of my mother. Through engaging with her photography as a curator and my emotions as an artist, I have been able to cope and grieve.

Connie Ye
BCSA 2021, Computer Science and Art with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction
Cozy Companion

Cozy Companion is an interactive physical prototype and design concept of a device that helps an individual build a personalized before-bed routine by providing daily activities for relaxation.

Kathy Zhang
BHA 2021, Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Art
Entropy+ Catalog

Sustainability and waste management are often approached within a framework of individualized responsibility. Entropy+ Catalog attempts to address this issue by documenting the sustainability of products offered to students in Carnegie Mellon’s on-campus convenience store.

Theresa Abalos
BHA 2020, Global Studies and Music Performance with a minor in Hispanic Studies
Magsalin: A Translation of Diaspora from Memory to Expression

Magsalin—“to translate” in Tagalog. In diaspora, there are many kinds of translation: from one language to another, from generations in one geographical space to another. This performance of creative writing and music translates the speaker’s shame from growing up in diaspora, into a sense of place that is embodied and expressed.

Alec Albright
BHA 2020, Statistics and Audio Recording & Production
What Makes a Song "Pop"?

This project dives into the question of whether modern pop music is as predictable as many listeners believe. By using statistical analysis of song components and features, this project looks to exploit commonalities in modern pop music and hopes to find differences as well.

Stephen Chabassol
BHA 2020, Creative Writing and Music Technology with a minor in Sound Design
Enhance Christian Artistry in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's Christian music artists lack unity, quality and visibility. This project seeks to enhance artists' creativity and discoverability. Through researching and interviewing Christian artists and arts organizations, this project reveals current challenges and solutions. Research data informs plans for a business, non-profit or collective to enhance Christian artistry in Pittsburgh.

Connie Chau
BHA 2020, Economics and Music Performance with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction
Mono no Aware Mannequin

Mono no Aware Mannequin is a multimedia project that combines passive interactive ambient sound, a mannequin and the Japanese artistic technique of kintsugi to create intrigue and wonder about the aesthetics and Japanese philosophy of "mono no aware."

Nana Cheon
BHA 2020, Global Systems & Management and Art
Madonna Without Child

Madonna Without Child is a multi-channel video installation and collage where the artist aims to visually redefine and restructure traditional notions of domesticity. The imagery, symbolism and performances are derived from cross-examining Catholic Colonial ideals as well as Baroque and Renaissance portraiture.

Tamao Cmiral
BHA 2016, Philosophy and Music Performance
The Space Camel EP

This capstone project is an extended play record (EP). It is a compilation of songs written, performed and produced by my band, Spring Wizard.

Tyler Destremps
BSA 2020, Neurobiology and Music Performance
A Senior Recital as a Bagpipe Performance Major

This capstone project is a senior bagpipe recital which acts as a cap on and portrayal of four years of performance development and refinement.

Selina Du
BHA 2020, Economics and Art with an additional major in Business Administration
Comfort Food for Thought

The goal of Comfort Food for Thought is to create integration between food, formalities of dining, art and exploration of cultural and social significance. The end product is a dinner experience in the form of an installation.

Liza Goncharova
BHA 2020, Russian Studies and Art
A Game in Hell: Theatrics of Destruction and Play

This capstone project is a thesis addressing the aesthetic relationship between nonsense and rationality in Russian Futurist book art, specifically the poem “A Game in Hell.”

Yixin He
BCSA 2020, Computer Science and Art
Victo Ngai-ify

This project is a series of art directable stylization shaders that transform 3D scenes and models into an approximation of Victo Ngai's art style in real time.

Lingdong Huang
BCSA 2019, Computer Science and Art
Pose Estimation Playrooms

Pose Estimation Playrooms is an online multiuser interactive experience, where users move their bodies and body parts in front of webcam to engage in playful activities in a series of virtual worlds that they share with each other.

Clelia Knox
BHA 2020, Humanities Analytics and Art
The Dummy: A “Cyborg” Comic

This project investigates the potential of introducing computational methods for generating text to the process of developing a comic adaptation of Susan Sontag’s short-story, The Dummy.

Diane Lee
BSA 2020, Chemistry and Art with a minor in Photography
There is no world without women

There is no world without women is an artist's book project exploring the conversations between women's health and environmental health.

Brooke Ley
BCSA 2020, Music Technology
QueerPGH Podcast

This podcast is an interview series with Queer folks and leaders living in the Pittsburgh Region.

Tiffany Li
BCSA 2020, Computer Science and Art with a minor in Game Design
PolyRhythm Painter

PolyRhythm Painter is a rhythm-based drawing game inspired by Dance Dance Revolution.

Zachary Rapaport
BHA 2020, Global Studies and Art with an additional major in Hispanic Studies
WaterWalks: Creative Action for Community Justice

WaterWalks is a socially engaged art project working to center overlooked histories and marginalized perspectives in Pittsburgh’s ongoing water crisis. This goal is accomplished through artist- and community-led “Walks,” participatory experiences that advocate for environmental justice.

Bethany Rispoli
BHA 2020, Cognitive Neuroscience and Design
PupCycled: The Sustainable Pet Apparel Brand

PupCycled is a sustainable pet apparel start-up that disrupts the waste cycle by taking unwanted textiles and upcycling them into unique and innovative dog products. This start-up project aims to call attention to the problem of textile waste in the fashion industry while making dogs look and feel great.

Natalie Schmidt
BHA 2020, Professional Writing and Drama with a minor in Game Design
Scholar & Painter

Scholar & Painter is a movement-based play written in collaboration with student director Rachel Pospíšil, intended to be mounted for a School of Drama production. It tells a love story of a connection that exceeds the difficulties presented by distance, time, disease and our own memories.

Isobel Stephen
BHA 2020, Cognitive Neuroscience and Art with a minor in Human-Computer Interaction
Random Access Memory Palace

This series of paintings and digital artwork investigates what artificial intelligence can show about the nature of human consciousness, especially memory and loss.

Charlene Sun
BHA 2020, Economics and Art
Dream

Dream is a collection of six dresses inspired by fairy tale elements. This project attempts to visualize the dreamlike environments in literary fairy tales and explores their commercial appeal. The final collection is intended to be wearable art.

Clair Sun
BHA 2020, Decision Science and Art with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction
Weknow

This online crowd-sourcing platform includes a timeline and visualizations of job-related information. Students contribute data of their past experience of the job application process (e.g. time for rounds of interview, interview questions, etc.) to help each other better plan for the process.  

Helen Tsui
BHA 2020, Psychology and Art
Music Social Experience Reimagined

Music can be a significant part of one’s personal experience that evokes emotions, memories and feelings. It can also be a social experience that is able to bridge people together in unimagined ways, especially in such a special time where people are physically in isolation. This project aims to explore ways of collaborative music listening and sharing on digital platforms.

Jeena Yin
BCSA 2020, Computer Science and Music Technology with minors in Game Design and Music
Fvsion

Fvsion is an audio-visualization VJ software designed in Max/MSP with live-coded Jitter shaders and JavaScript. It is an intuitive program that visualizes sound and creates organic virtual worlds.

Léann Bahi
BCSA 2019, Computer Science and Art with a minor in Human-Computer Interaction
Infectious Overlay

Infectious Overlay is an augmented reality installation in which virtual wraiths infest the viewer’s immediate surroundings. The project explores the imminent encroachment of virtual entities into physical space, and the speed at which visual symbols can recondition human habit.

Anna Jamieson Beck
Politics & Public Policy and Drama with a minor in Professional Writing
Politics, Performance and Power

Politics, Performance and Power is an exploration of how theatre and politics intersect, especially when it comes to politicians. The project takes the form of a staged reading of a script devised from various plays, books, articles, movies, student voices and historical events. The project hopes to start conversations about where there is overlap between politics and theatre and what that means for society as a whole.

Parley Belsey
BSA 2019, Neurobiology and Art
Pub(lic)SCIENCE

Pub(lic)SCIENCE is a series of photographs and paintings focused on carrying out the goal of the now defunct article repository PubSCIENCE, a DOE website slated to “disseminate and improve access to scientific information,” but in a fashion meant for public consumption. This project aims to share the scientific research process in an interesting and digestible way, in order combat gaps in public information that could be contributing to the ongoing wave of doubt facing the scientific community.

Odelia Cheng
BSA 2019, Biological Sciences and Art
Let’s Vaccinate! Reaching Anti-Vaxxers through Scientific, Emotional and Moral Arguments within a Narrative Structure

Let’s Vaccinate! attempts to reach anti-vaxxers through use of a narrative and educational animatic. The video will ultimately be published online for accessibility. The second part of this project includes the creation of an informational flyer to accompany the video and distribute to physicians.

Carolyn Chheath
BHA 2019, Cognitive Science and Design
3 years, 8 months, 20 days: Coping with Intergenerational Trauma in Cambodian Families

3 years, 8 months, 20 days is a collection of interviews and photographs that explores intergenerational trauma in families of first-generation and second-generation Cambodian genocide survivors. By sharing their stories and perspectives to a broader community, this project aims to reduce the stigma around mental health and promote the topic of multiculturally competent mental health resources.

Anne Crumley
BHA 2019, Statistics and Art with an additional major in Social and Political History
Why Does It Work? An Introduction to the Art Critique

Through the creation of a workbook, this project introduces students to the concept of the art critique and to supply novice participants with the tools needed to both participate in group discussions and to conduct personal critiques outside of the classroom.

Chloé Desaulles
BHA 2019, Cognitive Neuroscience and Art with a minor in Intelligent Environments
Dedications I-V

Dedications I-V is a short volumetric film composed of individual tales on memory as told by people with progressive memory loss. The short is inspired by neuroscientific research which suggests that selective memories can be made resistant to degenerative disorders through active recall. This short film is a visual collection of five people’s favorite memories. It is meant to act as a poetic document of those experiences, as well as a tool to strengthen the neural pathways related to them.

Mauricio Gil-Silva
BSA 2019, Neurobiology and Music Technology
Sonifying Mice

The capstone project is a model for converting data from mice walking on a treadmill to elements of sound. For example, the position of the mice’s feet can be mapped to pitch. The goal is to provide scientists with an auditory display that can help them engage data in a novel way.

Archana Goparaju
BHA 2019, Ethics, History & Public Policy and Art
Kinship in the Emerging Epoch

This paper studies the ways in which conceptions of kinship have been continuously altered during the Anthropocene and what significance these alterations have in relation to our current ecological crisis.

Shuangni Huang
BHA 2019, Decision Science and Art with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction
1-Day Persona

This project is a booklet that tries to capture a fascinating phenomenon of how people in East Asia use colored lenses as a new way of self-expression.

Grace Huddleston
BHA 2019, Global Studies and Art with a minor in Hispanic Studies
Modern Marianismo

Modern Marianismo explores themes of motherhood, feminism and family in the south of Chile. Paintings and writings are based off of interviews conducted with women who identify as mothers, take place in Makewe, a rural sector with a large indigenous population. While the paintings share the stories of my host family, my writings situate their thoughts and experiences in the larger context of indigenous feminist movements and the history of colonialism.

Antonia James
BHA 2019, Logic & Computation and Art
Untitled

This project is an animation about emotions.

Bo Kim
BHA 2019, Ethics, History & Public Policy and Art with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction
The Commonplace Music

Commonplace Music is a system for composing and performing music with everyday objects. It challenges the notion of perfect performance and explores how to represent music apart from traditional syntax. The system lets anyone, regardless of one’s background in music, to build a notation system and play music. It incorporates ml5.js, an open source machine learning library for creatives and students, to recognize the object’s orientation and movement, and assign a particular sound for each case.

Dayoung Kwon
BCSA 2019, Computer Science and Music Technology with a minor in Physics
Sounds to Express

The project centers around the idea of musique concrete, a style of music composition that uses pre-recorded sounds to create interesting sounds. Most of the pre-recorded sounds are based on Carnegie Mellon campus noises, and the sounds are used to create an odd, eerie feeling that represents fear and anxiety.

Kevin Lee
BHA 2018, Global Systems & Management and Music Performance with a minor in Human-Computer Interaction
Creative Collaboration App

This mobile application connects creatives with each other within their area. Creatives can preview other peoples’ work, music, portfolio, etc.

Kearnie Lin
BCSA 2019, Computer Science and Art
Halcyon Days

“Stay soft. Don’t let the world make you hard.” This project’s reflective imagery is about the time and experiences spent here, and an introspective effort to create an emotional sanctuary.

Renee Madrigal
BHA 2019, Anthropology and Drama
Unlocking Xicana Identity: Ancestry, Indigeneity and Storytelling

Unlocking Xicana Identity is a multifaceted autoethnographic project combining family history, self-identity and the lost traditions of Purépecha culture. The project moves away from the dual nature of Mexican-American ethnicity and instead embraces a singular hybrid identity: Xicana. Through dramatic writing and earring-making, the project reflects the journey a young Xicana must embark on to reconnect to ancestral traditions in a modern world.

Abbey Mandracchia
BHA 2019, Cognitive Neuroscience and Music Performance
Music, Mindfulness and Mood: Implementation of Music in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

There is considerable evidence that music interventions can supplement treatment of various neuropsychiatric disorders, and this project reflects upon how this evidence can be applied to treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The ultimate goal of this project is to reflect upon the current research that exists regarding music therapy and BPD treatment, propose an argument for implementing music in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and create sample music therapy exercises for BPD treatment.

Yoon Seo Mok
BHA 2018, Cognitive Science and Art with a minor in Animation and Special Effects
Orfiel’s Nursery: Midnight Crime

Orfiel’s Nursery: Midnight Crime is a short two-dimensional animation that experiments with different visual styles. The styles randomly change throughout a linear narrative of six children and their caretaker.

Gabriella Orbach
BHA 2018, Cognitive Neuroscience and Music Performance
Singing for Parkinson’s Disease: Analyzing the Vocal and Psychological Efficacy of a Parkinson’s Group Choir

This project explores a group choir as a potential alternative, singing-based therapy for Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients experiencing hypophonia (quiet speech). Additionally, this paper addresses the possible psychological impact group choir participation may have on patients with PD who are experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation, which so often accompany debilitating illness.

Christine Phang
BHA 2019, Psychology and Art with a minor in Religious Studies
Little Mouse’s Search: Exploring Meaning through Children’s Literature

Little Mouse’s Search is a children’s book created through combining creative processes with research on readers’ preferences. Little Mouse feels like something is missing from his life. His friends each offer a solution but nothing seems to satisfy. Then he hears about the Gardener… Could the Gardener hold the answer?

Coby Rangel
BHA 2019, Cognitive Neuroscience and Music Performance with a minor in Sound Design
Racial Attitudes and Musical Preference: A Correlational Study

This study explores the relationship between the racial attitudes and musical preferences of an individual. Participants were asked to rate several song clips on a likeability scale in order to determine their openness or aversion to certain genres of music. Their implicit racial preferences were measured using a conventional black-white implicit association test and then compared across subjects in order to determine if there is a statistically significant relationship between the two.

Juliana Schnerr
BHA 2019, Creative Writing and Design
Eat Well, Learn Well, Do Well: Enhancing CMU and the Pittsburgh Community through an Urban Garden

Rooted in the fields of sustainable urbanization and non-traditional education, this project aims to lay out an effective project proposal and logistical plan for an urban community garden that would allow for accessible produce, community building and educational opportunities in the Pittsburgh area.

SooJin Sohn
BHA 2019, Global Systems & Management and Art with a minor in Animation and Special Effects
Loen’s Pieces

Loen’s Pieces is a fantasy action web comic, published on LINE Webtoon, made to explore various artistic and storytelling techniques including camera dynamics, fictional world building and touches upon concerns with self-identity by illustrating recollections of personal struggles.

Minjung Suh
BHA 2019, Economics and Art
Immortal Garden

The world today is born a destroyer of the world yesterday, and who is in charge is homo sapiens. Immortal Garden is a series of oil paintings that explore how one evolves an ego along with the internal and external worlds. This series aims to visualize the consciousness in constant flux mainly through the depiction of the physical bodies that lie between reality and fiction.

Xinyi Wang
BCSA 2019, Computer Science and Drama
Curating the Public Sphere: A Study of Op-eds on Twitter

This study uses online ethnography methods to analyze discourse patterns around op-eds shared by major news agencies on Twitter. It aims to inform news professionals in their creation and curation of op-eds on social media, for the goal of facilitating informed public discourse.

Kristin Yin
BCSA 2018, Computer Science and Art
Masked: A Game About Underrepresentation of Women in Technology

Masked is a text based choose your own adventure game that walks players through a series of conversations about women in the technology industry.

Shelby Zasacky
BSA 2019, Mathematical Sciences and Art with a minor in Computer Science
Incremental Fractal Urbanization

Incremental Fractal Urbanization is a mapping project that explores New York City’s historical urban boundary computed as a fractal. The project uses a combination of three-dimensional and two-dimensional data to create a visual tool that aims to provide understanding about the changing urban environment and ecological encroachment of the New York City region.