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Announcing the 2024 Benenson Award Winners

Published By Duke Arts / published on: April 29, 2024

Congratulations to the fifteen students who received a 2024 Benenson Award in the Arts! This year's group of awardees submitted projects in a wide range of disciplines to be explored this summer—including film, music, visual art, art and design, theater and creative writing.

Each year, Duke University awards Benenson Awards in the Arts, which provide funding for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates, including graduating seniors. This year, the Student Arts Award Committee awarded prizes to fifteen students for creative projects spanning film, music, visual art, art and design, theater and creative writing.

The largest number of applications we receive continue to be from graduating seniors applying to evolve/expand their distinction projects or prepare new work in anticipation of post-Duke opportunities. This year we also received strong proposals from rising seniors hoping to experience intensive workshops or engage creative research in anticipation of future artistic work. One piece of advice I would have for interested students is to plan ahead and seek advice about opportunities and proposal writing from trusted arts mentors. Also, look into the Duke Arts Studio opportunity, which is a great way to build your portfolios and your artistic philosophy to use when applying for Benenson funding.

—Jules Odendahl-James, Ph.D, M.F.A.

Chair, Student Arts Awards Committee


2024 Benenson Award Winners

Headshot of Angelica Moreno

Angelica Moreno


Class of 2027

Major: Economics

Minor: Cinematic Arts

Andrew Cao posing with camera equipment

Andrew Cao


Class of 2025

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Cinematic Arts

Lilian Fan siting in the backseat of a car with instruments

Lilian Fan

Class of 2026

Major: Literature (Global Culture and Theory) & Computer Science

Staci Grimes posing in front of the Rubenstein Arts Center

Staci Grimes


Class of 2024

Major: Sociology

Minor: Visual Media Studies

Certificate: Documentary Studies

Michelle Ling posing in Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Michelle Ling


Class of 2025

Major: Environmental Humanities & Multimedia, AB (Program II)

Cate Knothe with a film camera

Cate Knothe


Class of 2024

Majors: Visual Media Studies with a Cinematic Arts concentration and German

Minor: Chemistry

Certificate: Documentary Studies

a colorful splattered white fabric drapped over a body in a desert

huiyin zhou 徽音


Class of 2024

Major: Cultural Anthropology

Minor: Asian American and Diaspora Studies

Certificate: Documentary Studies

Photo of huiyin’s project

Keena Gao standing against a brick wall

Keena Gao


Class of 2024

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Emma Zhe Ren

Class of 2027

Majors: philosophy and music

Matthew Nuzzolo

Class of 2025

Majors: Biology with a concentration in Cell & Molecular Biology

Minors: Chemistry and Global Health

Ruby Wang

all pronouns

Class of 2024

Majors: English & Visual Arts

Yinjie Hwang outside

Yinjie Hwang


Class of 2025

Majors: Environmental Science and Policy

Minors: Visual Media Studies and Computational Media

Digital artwork of a doll figure surrounded by dark boxes

Ivy Sun

Class of 2024

Major: Theater Studies

Minors: Biology and Japanese

Photo of Ivy’s project

Headshot of Foxx Hart

Foxx Hart


Class of 2024

Major: Global Culture & Theory from the Program in Literature

Vicky Yang posing with her arms on a piano

Vicky Yang


Class of 2025

Major: Music with a concentration in piano performance

Minor: Psychology