Helen Lee, who received the SB in architecture in 2000 and is now a technical instructor with the MIT Glass Lab, has been selected the first MIT participant in the Partner Scholarship Program at the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle.
The new program, which has been set up for members of the MIT community who are affiliated with the Glass Lab, provides funding (half from Pilchuck and half from MIT) for participation in a session at the world's largest and most comprehensive educational center for artists working in glass.
"I was surprised but very happy with our acceptance in this program," said Peter Houk, technical instructor with the Glass Lab. "We're not an accredited art school like the other participants and so this is quite a coup." The lab is run by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
"Helen is one of our first students to help teach the glass classes," said Mr. Houk, who will run the program with Professor Michael Cima, the Glass Lab's faculty advisor. "We just haven't had students with Helen's level of skill yet," he added, noting that Ms. Lee has been very proactive in learning her craft. "She's been such a go-getter, I really wanted to reward that," he said.
For more information on MIT's Partner Scholarship Program with the glass school, call Mr. Houk at his studio at (617) 492-3710.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 13, 2001.