In the 2011 Spring semester, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. I took classes in painting restoration and Renaissance art history. Apart from Renaissance art, I have a strong interest in Buddhist art. During the spring break, I received the Travel Enrichment Grant from the CIIS office to go to the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum to study the Buddhist silk paintings from Dunhuang, China and compare the style with Gandhara and Mathura sculpture.
To further my interest in Medieval Chinese Buddhist art and its relation with Indian and central Asian art, I received the St. Lawrence University Fellowship this summer. I stayed in the campus and worked with Dr Chandreyi Basu on my project Visual Transmission along the Silk Road: The Influence of Gandhara and Mathura Sculptures on Medieval Chinese Paintings of Sukhavati. I presented this project in the 2nd Annual Upstate New York Undergraduate Research Conference.