From Logan Park to Harvard

By Arnika Hazelwood | Posted: Wednesday August 17, 2016

Congratulations to Sophie Gilmore who graduated from Logan Park in 2010 and has been awarded a 5 year full scholarship to complete a PhD in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University.

Sophie is completing a Masters in Art History at Otago University and said, “I think my interests fitted their programme so well. They liked my writing sample. It was quite an ‘outside the box’ topic, 'Renaissance visual theory based on mathematics and contemporary 3-D cinema' – but I think that was why they chose me, because they take a range of approaches to film. They seem to want a range of cultural perspectives too, with other intakes this year including people from Italy and Ireland."

Sophie has a strong interest in art criticism and the art world, and has already published articles in New Zealand art magazines. Her Masters study is being supervised by History and Art History Professor Takashi Shogimen and Film and Media Studies Professor Hilary Radner. Professor Radner said, “Harvard flew Sophie out to Boston at their expense so that she could see the university and meet the faculty. She was thrilled by the visit and by the students and scholars there. I always say our best students are as good as any in the world.”

Sophie expects to depart for Boston in August.

Whilst at Logan Park Sophie was a keen Film Club enthusiast and she gained an NZQA Scholarship in Media Studies in Year 13.