The Museology Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Dylan High (’13) has received the University of Washington’s Graduate School Distinguished Thesis Award.

Each year, this prestigious award recognizes outstanding and exceptional research and scholarship at the master’s level by a graduate student at the University of Washington.

In his thesis, Ethnic Identity Formation in Adolescence: Impact of Teen Programs in Museums, Dylan has provided a deeper understanding of the opportunities for community impact through museum programming. Examining programs that facilitate the development of ethnic identity among teenagers at three museums in the United States, Dylan has shown how museums and other informal learning venues can increase an understanding of cultural heritage and community involvement among adolescents.

Dylan’s work was supported by his Supervisory Committee including chair Dr. Kristine Morrissey, Director, Museology Graduate Program, Dr. James A Banks, Killinger Endowed Chair and Director, Center for Multicultural Education, and Dr. Lizette Gradén, Chief Curator at the Nordic Heritage Museum and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies.

Click here to read a synopsis of Ethnic Identity Formation in Adolescence: Impact of Teen Programs in Museums by Dylan High.