Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives
Please welcome Mustafa Adil Öztürk (Adil)!
Adil is an MFA student here at PAFA. He has dreams of pursuing a PhD and wanted to gain more experience in the research process. What better way than to research PAFA’s rich history? The archives has a unique collection of student records (not protected by FERPA) that contain a wealth of information. If you examine the the student files separately, they provide rich biographical information and personal insights. However, if we examine the collection as one large dataset, we are able to uncover never before examined trends and stories. For instance, the project will require recording a number of information from the student files–name, gender, location, race/ethnicity, start and end dates, and if they are veterans. When all the information is gathered, we can begin to tell a data-driven narrative which is what Adil will be working on for the summer.
Don’t forget to check out Adil’s Instagram to see some of his art!