The University of Utah
The University of Utah MUSE Project

About Us

Our Vision

Engaging people, programs, and resources across campus and beyond, The University of Utah MUSE Project fosters the intellectual and creative potential of all students to promote individual growth and build a more flourishing society.


Our Mission

By systematically enriching the educational culture of the University of Utah, The MUSE Project builds opportunities for students to have signature learning experiences: moments in their education that have a defining and empowering effect on their intellectual growth, their professional development, and their path in life.


Our People

Mark Matheson, Director

Mark MathesonMark has been inspired by University of Utah students throughout his twenty years of teaching in the English Department and the Honors College. A native Utahn, he received his M.A. from the U and his Doctorate from the University of Oxford. Mark is avid about traveling with U students to London, where he teaches seminars on British Literature. Mark also serves as the Director of the University of Utah-based Tanner Lectures on Human Values. He continues to teach and greatly enjoys advocating for students’ educational interests through The MUSE Project.

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Patrick McShane, Associate Director

Patrick McShane

Patrick is a nationally recognized student affairs professional with over six years of experience in higher education. He is an advocate for traditionally underserved populations and brings a passion for student engagement to The MUSE Project. Patrick holds an M.Ed degree, has a background in counseling, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy at the U. He enjoys following soccer and embracing his Irish heritage. 

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Libby Henriksen, Communications & Events Specialist

Libby Henriksen

Libby is a graduate from the University of Utah, where she received a B.A. in English. Following graduation, she spent several years writing and editing for a global financial firm. After missing the exploration and intellectual fulfillment found in an academic setting, she returned to the U and is proud to now contribute to The MUSE Project’s mission. Libby is especially interested in issues of equality, and likes to travel, be outdoors, and read.

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Our Interns

Barbara Ochoa 

Barbara Ochoa

Bárbara is an undergraduate student earning a degree in Communication and Writing & Rhetoric Studies. They have been a part of the MUSE Project for over three years as the Campus and Community Outreach Intern. Although they look forward to continuing their organizational work, Bárbara will begin their Master’s program in Communication at California State University Los Angeles in the fall of 2015. 

Cason Snow

Cason Snow

Cason is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Physics for Secondary Education. He is passionate about developing exceptional learning tools and programs to help students maximize their potential. Cason helps The MUSE Project with their web presence, as well as with their program planning and management.




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