Fulbright Award enables triple harp research by Bangor University student
October 23, 2018
An American student has just embarked on a postgraduate research degree at Bangor University having received a highly prestigious Fulbright Award.
Kathryn Hockenbury is the first recipient of the Fulbright Bangor University Award. This enables students from the US to study a Masters degree, or the first year of a doctoral degree programme in Celtic studies, creative writing, or ocean sciences. It has been made possible through a combined fee waiver from the university and award to cover living costs made by the Bangor Fund, through generous donations by the university’s alumni community.
Wales was the only destination for Kathryn, and there was no better place than Bangor’s School of Music and Media as her MRes research is on the iconic Welsh triple harp.
Kathryn came to Bangor University from Lebanon Valley College, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She says: “The main reason I chose Bangor was to be surrounded by the spectacular bilingual culture that creates the setting for my research.
“Over the course of my education, I have forged opportunities to complete independent research projects that fulfil my passion of studying instruments and how they develop over time.
“The MRes music course is perfect for my desire to explore the history of instruments. Here in Bangor, there are many opportunities to learn about the Welsh harp and connect with professors who have the same passion.
“Over the past two weeks, I have gotten the chance to meet people from the university and community who are all welcoming and willing to engage in cultural exchange. I cannot thank the Fulbright Commission and Bangor University enough for allowing me the chance to study here.”
Kathryn met with Prof John G Hughes, Bangor University’s vice-chancellor who said: “We have hosted the Fulbright Summer Programmes for a number of years. These attract some of the brightest and most enquiring young minds in America, and it has been an honour for us to share Wales’ history and culture with them.”
The Fulbright Commission manages a range of flagship international educational exchange programmes between the USA and other nations and is designed to increase mutual understanding.
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Learn more about The Althea Foundation and the US UK Fulbright Commission