ASHLAND — A 2005 graduate of Ashland High School has received a $25,000 scholarship to pursue a one-year independent research project on electronic art around the world.

ASHLAND — A 2005 graduate of Ashland High School has received a $25,000 scholarship to pursue a one-year independent research project on electronic art around the world.

Lisa Chung, a senior at Oberlin College in Ohio, said she hopes to engage the world's leading electronic artists and become an active part of the growing community surrounding technology-based art.

To complete her project, "The Medium and the Message: Mapping Electronic Art Around the Globe," Chung will explore the methods by which artists, composers, engineers and programmers all over the world connect through technology-based sound and art projects.

She plans to travel to Brazil, China, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands to learn about the global community of electronic artists and the diverse field of electronic art itself.

"I imagine my Watson year will take me out of my comfort zone in ways that I currently can't anticipate," Chung said. "But I think some nervousness is a good thing; it will keep me on my toes.

"A mixed culture of idealism and skepticism has long surrounded popular views of technology," she said, "yet it's important to remember the human aspect: technology inherently contains the imperfections and idiosyncrasies of the people who created it.

"Each city I'll be visiting — Sao Paulo, Beijing, Tokyo, Berlin and Amsterdam — has a unique relationship to electronic art. Sao Paulo has a tradition of more do-it-yourself, politically driven artistic movements that often deal with the theme of democratizing technology. Beijing's art scene is younger and has begun to receive an increasing amount of international attention in the last few years, whereas Amsterdam has several generations of artists and mature organizations."

The Watson awards were established in 1968. They are presented to 40 college seniors at participating schools each year to provide them with opportunities to test their own abilities and to develop an awareness of the different cultures of the world.