Scholar Projects

Curb Scholars Projects

The Curb Scholars Program is for students who place creativity and innovation at the center of their lives and who seek to harness their creativity, talents, and disciplinary knowledge to create new possibilities and solve problems in their community or chosen field.


Rose Thompson performs in Die Fledermaus

Featuring the singers and dancing girls of Vanderbilt Opera Theatre and Robin Fountain and his waltzing Vanderbilt University Orchestra.
SHOWS: Friday, November 14, 2014 7:30pm and Sunday, November 16, 2014 2:00pm
Ingram Hall




Karissa Deiter creates a video for the 2014 Day of Archaeology

On July 11, archaeologists on the PIARA field team in Hualcayán, Peru were conducting research in the lab, in the field, and working on a host of community development projects as well. The variety of tasks is a part of PIARA’s commitment to a multi-disciplinary and applied approach to archaeology.


Madeline Mooney stars in VU Theater’s production of “The Winslow Boy”

Curb Scholar Madeline Mooney is starring in the lead role of Catherine Winslow in VU Theater’s production of “The Winslow Boy”, an award-winning drama based on a true story set in pre-WWI Britain, which explores issues of justice that are still relevant today. Starts this week: February 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 8pm, February 16 at 2pm.  See more at:


Harvey Burrell and Windy Films Produce Short Film Series on Sailing Martha’s Vineyard

A new series of short films attempts to tell the real story of Sail MV, the Vineyard nonprofit known for offering free sailing lessons to Islanders, both kids and adults. The story includes a year-round curriculum with a maritime studies program at the Martha’s Vineyard regional high school (one of a handful in the nation), an early morning adult rowing club and the varsity sailing team at the high school. – See more at



Madeline Mooney to perform NOTHING LEFT TO BURN with Momentum Dance Company show

Curb Scholar Madeline Mooney will be performing in two shows on Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30pm and 8:00pm  in Ingram Hall at Blair School of Music. Tickets may be purchased at Sarratt Box Office, on the wall at Rand, or at the door.



Ames Sanders & Riley Crabtree set to perform “Shade”

Our very own Curb Scholar, Ames Sanders, has written a piece of poetry while friend and current Blair Student, Riley Crabtree, has set it to music for the upcoming VUCC performance on October 27.  One of the few completely student-created works in recent years, “Shade” will be performed by a 70 voice choir! This project  has been a personal aspiration and investment for both Ames and Riley since they have been at Vanderbilt.



Vandy Vinyl, Branden Sanders and Keith  Berquist

Came to Nashville because music is in your soul? Looking to record but can’t afford Music Row prices? Curb Scholars Branden Sanders and Keith Berquist hear you!  This producing and singer-songwriter duo have developed a high-quality production studio to record  independent projects of Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students. The studio is the centerpiece of a larger legacy project focused on aspects of artist development, including the launch of a Vanderbilt Songwriting Club.

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Endless Abilities, Harvey Burrell 

Harvey Burrell is a filmmaker working on a feature length project, Endless Abilities.  From the Endless Abilties website: “Endless Abilities has a clear message: Adaptive sports and recreation unite the able-bodied and disabled communities on a level playing field. Our mission is to document the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active across this country. This spring, Zack, Will, Harvey, and Tripp will drive 8,000 miles to explore how sport empowers those with disabilities. From rehabilitation patients to paralympic metalists, we will meet incredible individuals and communities who have used sport and recreation to empower their lives in the face of adversity.”  Read the interview from the Ski Channel.


Rapid Prototyping 101: From Design to Reality, Harrison Shapley

As part of his larger exploration and development of workshops for faculty, staff, and students focused on prototyping across disciplines,  Harrison built from scratch the Maker-Bot 3-D printer, which will be available for use as part of the Creative Campus Initiative.  Harrison, a 2012 graduate in Computer Engineering, is headed to Microsoft after graduation.


Nashville Cultural Vitality Project, Maria Grace Hibbard

Working with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville Maria’s conducted a large scale cultural policy research project inventorying the range of activities and enterprises contributing to Nashville’s overall cultural vitality.