The Center For Deep Listening

Malcolm Morse Award

The Malcolm S. Morse Graduate Research Enhancement Award

The Malcolm S. Morse Graduate Research Enhancement Award was established in 2007 by Gertrude G. Morse to honor Dr. Pauline Oliveros, Distinguished Research Professor, visionary composer, and founder of Deep Listening®. The award is given annually to a graduate student of the Arts Department of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who demonstrates sustained engagement with Deep Listening.


2021 Malcolm Morse Awardee – Michelle Temple

Michelle Temple is currently undergoing her PhD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and holds a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program wherein she taught an electronic fabrication course and helped facilitate a circuit production lab. She specializes in producing DIY hardware and art that explores political concepts of agency which question the measurement standards of sound that reinforce binaries in the sonic world. Her audio and visual work strives to bring forward sonically under-represented populations and overlooked forms of communication. Temple is an advocate for the Deaf community and inclusivity in the disciplines of Sound Studies, Experimental Music and Art. Her most recent work, Sonic Spells, takes a deeper look at the materials in electronics which have been wielded to fulfill the inventions of those who dominate our sonic experiences and hopes to inspire a reclaiming of these raw materials by other artists/musicians in order to widen the spectrum of representation in the sonic arts.


Past Awardees

2020 – Ezra Jérémie Teboul 

2018 – Senem Pirler and Diana Alvarez 

2017 – Zach Layton

2014 – Helen J. Bullard

2010 – Stephanie Loveless